Why Can’t You Buy Samsung’s Smartwatch by Itself?
Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, is finally available for preorder, but here’s the catch: it’s not for purchase as a standalone product. At least, not yet.
Currently, customers who can’t wait to get their hands on the piece of wearable tech can only buy it bundled with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 smartphone via Verizon (NYSE:VZ) for $599.98 and a two-year contract. The preorder site, which launched Friday, says the devices will ship by October 10. AT&T (NYSE:T), which also has plans to offer the Galaxy Gear, only has its preorder page for the Note 3 up. This may give Verizon an edge in drawing in Galaxy fans and those customers most interested in getting their hands on a Samsung smartwatch as soon as possible.
A Gigaom reporter contacted Verizon for comment on whether the carrier would sell the smartwatch as a standalone product but didn’t receive a response. Gigaom said that though AT&T, T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS), and U.S. Cellular all confirmed they would be carrying the smartwatch, none have said if they would be offering it alone, either.