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Samsung irked by early Galaxy S5 release in South Korea

Published on Mar 27, 2014 4:03 PM
 
A South Korean customer looks at Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone at a mobile phone shop in Seoul on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Samsung voiced annoyance on Thursday after South Korean telecoms operators released its latest smartphone ahead of schedule in order to dodge sales restrictions imposed by regulators. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - Samsung voiced annoyance on Thursday after South Korean telecoms operators released its latest smartphone ahead of schedule in order to dodge sales restrictions imposed by regulators.

The world's biggest mobile phone maker had planned to release the Galaxy S5 - first unveiled in February - globally on April 11.

But the South's top operator SK Telecom, along with smaller rivals KT and LG Uplus, started selling the phone on Thursday.

Seoul's telecoms regulators have suspended all three firms from signing up new customers for 45-day periods each - ranging from March to May - as a penalty for offering illegal discounts.

 
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