Samsung's latest and greatest Android smartphone, the Galaxy S5, is inching closer and closer to store shelves all over the world. With that of course, comes the carrier exclusive deals and incentives that networks all over the globe will use to get people to choose them to purchase what is essentially, the exact same phone offered by everyone else. A few years ago, each US carrier had their own version of a smartphone, with the original Galaxy S being a poignant example. Now though, the same phone is available to practically anyone, which is the way it's been in the UK forever, pretty much. That doesn't mean that networks across the pond won't be able to get a little bit of exclusivity, though.
The Copper Gold version of the Galaxy S5 is going to be exclusive to Vodafone in the UK, and our UK readers might be surprised to hear that the network will have all other colors in stock as well, if gold isn't their cup of tea. Colors have been used as exclusives for some time in the UK, with Phones 4 U bagging the very good looking Red version of the HTC One last year and the Xperia Z2 will only be available in certain colors from certain networks. Realistically though, it all comes down to how good their network is, and how good their coverage is. As a UK resident myself, I can say that Vodafone would work relatively well for me, with decent coverage in the places that matter to me, but I wouldn't sign on the dotted line simple for a gold version of the device.
The Galaxy S5 goes up for pre-order in the UK from March 28th and while there's no word on pricing or anything just yet, we wouldn't expect the Galaxy S5 to be what you'd call "affordable", but then again no smartphone is these days at launch. We love to hear from our readers all over the globe, so if you're in the UK, let us know which network you're thinking of getting the Galaxy S5 on – if at all!