The wearable market continues to grow and one of the latest wearables to hit the market is Samsung’s Gear S2, which sets itself apart with a round display and a rotating bezel to navigate through the software. Samsung is selling its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-only model, but now Verizon and T-Mobile have announced availability details for their cellular-enabled models.
Verizon has now opened pre-orders for the Gear S2, with general availability happening on November 6. Pricing is set at $299.99 on a two-year contract or $349.99 at full retail price. Customers can add the Gear S2 to their plan for $5/month, which will allow it to tap into the same talk, text and data pool that you use for your phone.
T-Mobile isn’t offering pre-orders, but will begin selling the Samsung Gear S2 in-stores and online beginning on November 15, one month from today. The carrier will sell the Gear S2 for $359.99 at full retail price, though customers can split that up into 24 monthly payments if they wish. T-Mobile customers can add a Gear S2 to their plan for $5//month, which allows unlimited talk, text and data, with up to 500MB of high-speed data.
To allow its deep customization and unique navigation, Samsung has opted to use its own Tizen OS instead of Android Wear on the Gear S2. That being said, the Gear S2 is compatible with most Android phones running Android 4.4 or later, though there is a requirement of having at least 1.5GB of RAM. All in all, it looks to be a fantastic smartwatch for those who aren’t concerned about using Android Wear.