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S. Korean telecoms begin preorders for Galaxy S10 5G

All Headlines 08:00 April 01, 2019

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korean mobile carriers on Monday began accepting preorders for Samsung Electronics Co.'s first 5G smartphone, which is set to be launched later this week.

The nation's three telecoms -- SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp. -- said they will offer a wide range of promotional events for those who preorder the Galaxy S10's 5G model, which will officially go on sale on April 5.

The Galaxy S10 5G with 512GB memory capacity is priced at 1.55 million won (US$1,320), while a 256GB variant costs 1.39 million won, Samsung said.

Users of the new device that supports both 4G and 5G networks will have to pay more for their monthly subscriptions as companies' data plans are expected to start from the mid-50,000 won range and go over 100,000 won for premium service.

SK Telecom, the nation's leading carrier, said it will offer either Samsung's wireless earphones, a discount coupon for Samsung Galaxy Watch Active or wireless charging packaging for free for customers who register their new phones up until May 16.

On Friday, SK Telecom received government approval for its new 5G pricing plan, which starts from 55,000 won for 8GB data. The company plans to announce its pricing plan on Wednesday, which would charge 75,000 won for 150GB of data, 95,000 won for 200GB and 125,000 won for 300GB, according to company officials.

KT said it will also accept preorders this week, providing gifts including fried chicken, home appliance products and mobile gift coupons. It plans to unveil its 5G service and pricing plan on Tuesday.

No. 3 LG Uplus said its 5G plans for the Galaxy S10 will come with virtual reality headsets as well as smartphone insurance vouchers and YouTube premium service for early adopters.

On Friday, LG Uplus unveiled its three types of monthly subscription plans for its 5G smartphone: 55,000 won for 9GB, 75,000 won for 150GB and 95,000 won for 250GB.

Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S10 5G is shown in this photo provided by the smartphone maker on March 30, 2019. It goes on sale in South Korea on April 5. (Yonhap)

ejkim@yna.co.kr
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