Verizon finally announced its Samsung Galaxy S5 release details

Pre-order a Galaxy S5 right now

Samsung Galaxy S5

Last as usual, Verizon has finally announced its Samsung Galaxy S5 availability, and the carrier is taking pre-orders now.

Verizon apparently knows the value of suspense.

Like the other US carriers Verizon is offering the latest Samsung flagship for $199 with a two-year contract.

Verizon is also selling the S5 contract-free for $599 or for 24 monthly payments of $25.22 through Verizon Edge.

Read the fine print

Those monthly payments add up, strangely, to $605.28.

To add a twist Verizon is also offering a second phone - either another S5, an HTC One (M8), or a Samsung Ativ SE - for free to customers who buy a Galaxy S5 on-contract and agree to sign up for a second two-year contract.

It seems there's a small wrinkle for users who choose a second Galaxy S5 thoug, as they'll have to put up $50 up front and get a $50 mail-in rebate debit card in exchange, according to Verizon's fine print.

The Galaxy S5 is still expected to ship April 11.

Via GSM Arena