Fitness fans may have a reason to sign up with Sprint soon. Today, the number three carrier announced it will offer the exclusive health-oriented Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport starting July 25 for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $27. The S5 Sport is an adapted version of AT&T’s S5 Active, with a slightly different texture body for better grip and tiny changes to the physical buttons on the front.
Sprint bundled its Fit Live package to set the Sport apart, and also empowered it with its new Spark network. Fit Live gives consumers 12 months of MapMyFitness MVP subscription for free, unlocking premim content such as audio coaching, training plans and live tracking. Other than that, the Android 4.4.2-powered Sport carries the same 2.5-GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 5.1-inch (1920 x 1080-pixel) display and 2,800-mAh battery as the Active. It also meets the IP67 standards for water and dust resistance.
Since the Sport is Spark-enabled, you can expect better 4G speeds on Sprint’s enhanced LTE network. Sprint also says its Fit Live platform will be available on all its new Android smartphones released in 2014.
S5 Sport owners also will enjoy a 6-month Spotify premium account subscription, if they sign up on the company’s Framily plan. Customers who have signed up for the carrier in the last 3 months are also eligible. This gives you access to Spotify’s Workout playlists to enhance your workout.
Those who buy a S5 Sport will get $50 off Samsung’s Gear Fit, a companion wristband that tracks your movement and activity to help you achieve fitness goals. The smartphone will be available in Cherry Red and Electric Blue colors.
Sprint’s previously launched an exclusive version of the HTC One M8, which featured boosts to sound performance thanks to Harman/Kardon speakers and a deal with Spotify. Sprint’s been dinged for terrible 4G performance, since the carrier came in last on our NYC 4G showdown. Will the trendy fitness angle and extras be enough to woo new customers?