Sprint, which owns the Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands, announced on Friday that both of the smaller carriers will soon carry Samsung’s brand new Galaxy S5. The phone was introduced during the Mobile World Congress 2014 trade show in Barcelona earlier this week, and will also be available on AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint in the United States. The move follows a trend set by the Galaxy S4, which was also widely available on both small and large wireless operators in the U.S.
The Galaxy S5 boasts a lot of impressive features, including a heart rate monitor, a fingerprint reader in the home button, a revamped and cleaner software experience, a first-rate 16-megapixel camera capable of record-fast auto-focus, a Snapdragon 801 processor, a 5.1-inch 1080p display and more. Samsung will sell the device in black, gray, blue and gold, though Sprint didn’t clarify which colors will be available on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.
The phone will be offered without a contract on Boost and Virgin, so you can expect to pay a pretty steep asking price since it won’t be subsidized on a two-year contract. That said, you also gain the freedom of not being tied down to either carrier, and you’ll also be able to partake in the lower-cost data and calling plans offered by those operators.
Sprint didn’t say how much the device will cost, but did say the device will launch during the second quarter of this year. Considering Q1 is over at the end of March, that means you’ll need to wait for the April – June time frame.