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Galaxy S5 will get off to a painfully slow start in Samsung’s home market

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Mar
2014

The Galaxy S5 isn’t even available in stores in any market including South Korea, and it looks like the phone will have a rather rocky start in its home country. According to Reuters, the phone’s launch almost coincides with a 45-day smartphone sales ban imposed on mobile operators by the local communications regulator. From March 13 to May 19, SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ will be banned “from signing up customers or replacing phones.” The Galaxy S5 expected to launch on April 11 in the region. Each carrier has received a different ban during that period, which means customers interested in buying a subsidized Galaxy S5, or upgrading to a Galaxy S5 “where service contracts are less than two years old,”

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