Pre-orders began Friday, Sept. 6. Pricing is as follows:
The Galaxy Note 3, Samsung's latest phablet phone, will cost $299.99 on contract. Off-contract, it will be a huge $69999 -- a price that matches the 5.7-inch phablet (smartphone / tablet) screen size with an equally impressive though depressing huge price.
It is also possible to enroll in Verizon Wireless' recently launched Edge upgrade plan which allows customers to upgrade phones earlier (every six months), assuming 50 percent of the phone's cost is paid off. The Edge plan means no money down; cost of the phone is split into 24 months worth of payments.
Customers can also order a bundle deal that includes the Galaxy Note 3 and a Galaxy Gear smartwatch, for $599.98. Considering that Samsung has confirmed the price of the Galaxy Gear to be $299.99, those with calculators can see that the bundle does not offer a discount.
At the same time, though, end users cannot buy the Galaxy Gear separately, for the aforementioned $299.99. That's not that much of a crime, though. At launch, the Galaxy Geqr will only be compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.
For those unaware, Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch just a few days ago. The Galaxy Gear interfaces with Samsung devices -- for now, just the two above -- for its data source. Not only will it provide notifications of emails, texts, and more, with a speaker and microphone embedded in its strap, it can be used for calls, as well.
Limiting the device compatibility to Samsung mobile devices will make Samsung's life easier, but does limit choice.
The Galaxy Note 3 smartphone was also announced at the same time, at IFA 2013 on Sept. 4. It's Samsung's latest revision to the device that launched the phablet market segment. This year, the device sees an update to a 5.7-inch screen (last year's model sported a tiny 5.5-inch display).
Globally, these devices will launch on Sept. 25. The U.S. gets the devices, including the previously mentioned Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which also launches on Sept. 25, later -- in October
The Verizon version of the devices are scheduled to ship, Verizon said, by Oct. 10.