News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday March 27, 2014.
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Samsung was adamant that the global launch date for the Galaxy S5 would be on April 11, but the manufacturer's wishes mean nothing to South Korean carriers who have decided they will launch the phone when they want. And they want to sell it now.
South Korea's largest carrier SK Telecom is prohibited from taking on new carriers in the month of April because of government sanctions that happen to take effect during the Galaxy S5 launch window. The company "strongly asked" Samsung to push up the window so that it could avoid the sanctions but Samsung refused. Not wanting to let one of the biggest device launches of the year pass without a sale, SK Telecom ignored Samsung's protests and started selling the phone anyway.
Sadly, the rest of us will have to wait another two weeks before we're able to purchase an S5. Despite Korea breaking the launch date, Samsung has not given other carriers the go-ahead. The company issued the following statement about the premature sales:
"The official global launch date of the Galaxy S5 is April 11, as previously announced. Samsung has provided mobile carriers with a limited number of units for marketing and pre-sales activities, however the decision to release the device early in the Korean market was made by the mobile carrier itself, independently of Samsung. We express our regret at this decision and we are working to verify all the facts."source: The Verge
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.