Samsung Galaxy S5 delayed

Samsung Galaxy S5

UPDATE 15/4:  We have further unfortunate news to share on the release of the SIM free stock of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Stock was expected to arrive later this week after an initial delay; but today we have been notified that the earliest we can now expect units is next week.

This coming weekend is Easter Bank Holiday in the UK, meaning our offices and Samsung’s distribution will be closed from Friday 18th through Monday 21st.

The Galaxy S5 stock will therefore arrive during the latter part of next week. We do not have an exact arrival day as of yet.

We will update you next week when we know more.

We share your frustration and disappointment at the extended delay. To the best of our knowledge, this applies to all SIM free sales from UK retailers. The supply of SIM free stock is ultimately in the hands of Samsung; currently all UK Galaxy S5 stock is to be sold directly by them or their chosen partners with carrier contracts.

We continue to await a shipment from their official distribution partners in the UK. As soon as any units arrive we will process and dispatch orders as quickly as is possible to avoid any further delays.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 official launch date is today, Friday 11th April.

Stock was expected to arrive from Samsung and begin shipping today.  However Samsung have delayed the arrival of the SIM free stock to online retailers including Clove Technology.

As a consequence any order placed with Clove will not be shipping today and will do so when stock arrive.

This is extremely disappointing and we can only apologise, but this delay is out of our control.

At this time we do not have a confirmed arrival date for the stock, but have been told we can expect units next week – week commencing 14th April.

Once we have more information we shall update you and of course ship your order as soon as is possible.

On a slightly more positive note, Android Central have confirmed that the S5 is still subject to a region lock, but they have made it clearer how to remove this.

There is a label on the box that reads:

European Model: This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.) To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators.

If you are ordering from Clove to a country outside of the intended region, you will be asked at the checkout to confirm your acceptance of this limitation as well as your consent for the box to be opened and  the device activated on your behalf.

Instruction manual printing & binding service

Manual_PrintingGet your .PDF user manual printed

For some time now we have been offering a service whereby we print and bind the official user manual for your smartphone or tablet.

Modern technology often does not come with an instruction booklet included, instead it is included on a disc or on available online for download.

Whilst digital copies have their advantages, sometimes the good old paper manual works best.  Most often so you can quickly and easily refer to it when you need to and to learn how to get the most from your product.

You can get a user guide printed for your smartphone or tablet here.

Due to the popularity of this service, we are now offering the option to you, to have any user manual printed, whether it be for a cooker, a TV or a stereo.

All you need do, is click here to be taken to our instruction manual printing & binding service (here).  Select the appropriate option based on the number of pages in the manual you want printed and then enter the URL/web link to the manual available online that you want us to print.

Once you have gone through the online checkout, we will print & bind your manual and send it out to you.

Wireless charging coming to the Sony Xperia Z2

Image for demonstration purposes only

Charge the Xperia Z2 wirelessly.

Wireless charging isn’t exactly a new technology, but it is not an old one either.  It is only within the last year or so has it become more commonplace.

Nokia have pushed this the most on their Lumia range of handsets offering it either as standard on the phone or as an additional option with an accessory.

Samsung have taken a similar approach.  The Note 3 and S4 are both devices to already have optional wireless charging accessories, the S5 will be the same.

To date Sony have not offered wireless charging.  The closest they have gotten to this is through the magnetic charging dock that adorns the side of the higher end handsets.

This is all set to change through with the Z2.

Sony will be offering a case which will be available in 2 colours and a charging plate to enable this wireless option for the Z2.

Exact details on the case and plate are limited, we do not have an actual image of either to show you, but we do now have them listed on our site.

The Black and White WCR12 Wireless Charging cover for the Z2 is priced at £69.99 inclusive of VAT and is due to be available some time in June.

Now the wireless charging cover is no good without a wireless charging plate.  Enter the WCH10 on which the Z2 with the WCR12 fitted can be sat for convenient wireless charging.

The WCH10 charging plate will retail for £54.99 including VAT.

Orders are not currently being accepted for these products, but you can enter your name and email address on the relevant product pages and we shall contact you when we have further information available.

Packages & shipments to Russia – new pricing

russian flagWhether you are a Russian based customer of Clove or not, it is quite likely that you are aware of the issues that have been experienced with mail entering Russia over the last 12-18 months.

Shipments are often delayed, may take several weeks to arrive and in extreme cases the packages have been stolen.

Over the last year Clove have used various services to ensure we get packages to our customers as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.

For some time now we have been using a service we term ‘Euro Post’ which can arrive to locations such as Moscow and St Petersburg in less than 1 week. The more remote locations of Russia can take 2-3 weeks, as they are routed from here.

This service has proved itself to be more reliable than standard international post / EMS, with relatively quick delivery times in comparison to alternative services.

As of today we have made some changes to our service which we hope will make the costs of postage better and more affordable for many customers, most specifically on lower value items.

The new and improved options will be offered in the checkout at the time of order and are based on the value and weight of the items you are ordering.

We trust this will come as good news to many.

Pre-order Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5The S5 was announced this week by Samsung as the successor to the S4, sporting a range of new features including IP rating, fingerprint scanner, hear rate sensor, 15 megapixel camera and 2.5GHz quad-core processor amongst others.

First stock is expected on the 11th April in shimmering White and charcoal Black.

As of today you can pre-order the S5 at a price of £550 including VAT or £458.33 excluding.

To pre-order either colour, click here.

To see what the Samsung Galaxy S5 has to offer you, watch the following video:

PayPal limit increased to £500


For well over a year now, we have been offering PayPal as a payment option for the majority of countries we ship to.

To date, with the exception of the UK we have imposed a £250 limit on the order value.

We are pleased to say that we have now increased this limit to £500.

Double the previous limit anyone outside the UK can now place orders up to a value of £500 and pay via PayPal.

There is no limit for the UK and select countries can not pay via this method.

If the option is available to you, it will be presented in the checkout when placing your order.

We trust that this will come as good news to many of you.  If you have any questions or queries, do let us know, otherwise go shopping now at

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 Round up

All the announcements from MWC 2014

MWC 2014 has finally kicked off in Barcelona. Below you can find a round up of the announcements, with links to any that we have covered in more detail.

We’ll also provide links to any newly announced handsets that we list on the Clove website.

Wednesday 26/02/14

Update: HTC continue the Desire brand name with mid-range Desire 816 and 610. The Desire 816 is 5.5 inch phablet with 13MP main camera, 5MP front facing camera and LTE. The Desire 610 has a smaller 4.7″ qHD screen, 8MP main camera. Both are powered by the 1.6 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400.

Tuesday 25/02/14

Clove Blog Post: Samsung Galaxy S5 Announced

Update: Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit announced. The Gear 2 Neo does not have a camera, the Gear 2 does. Both are Tizen based and designed to work with Galaxy smartphones. The Gear Fit is a slimmed down version of the original Galaxy Gear. It runs proprietary software from Samsung rather than Tizen or Android and can be used standalone or as a companion to a smartphone.

Clove Website Devices: Samsung Galaxy S5 (accessories), Samsung Gear 2, Samsung Gear 2 Neo, Samsung Gear Fit.

Update: BlackBerry continue to manufacture new devices; Q20 with QWERTY keyboard and all touch Z3 announced.

Monday 24/02/14

Update: Announced earlier this month, LG show off 5.9 inch G Pro 2 and the G2 Mini.

Clove Blog PostNokia announces the Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL

Clove Blog PostSony announce new Xperia Z2 flagship, Z2 Tablet and M2

Clove Website Devices: Sony Xperia Z2 Sony Xperia Z2 accessories, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet (accessories), Sony Xperia M2 (accessories), LG G Pro 2

Update: Sandisk announce 128 GB microSDXC card (press release)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Accessories available to order

Galaxy S5 accessories available to buy on the Clove website

Samsung Galaxy S5 AccessoriesAfter the handset’s announcement yesterday, we now have Samsung Galaxy S5 accessories – both third-party and official – priced and available to order on the Clove website. At this stage imagery is scarce, but we will add it as and when it becomes available.

Samsung announced a range of accessories for the S5 yesterday, including cases and wireless charging kits. We will of course be ranging the new Galaxy Gear SmartWatch accessories as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Cases that we currently have available to order (in a variety of colours) include:

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 S View Cover
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Flip Wallet
  • Samsung Galaxy S Charger Cover
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Protective cover plus

We’ve also got some Case-Mates available to order and expect to add more from other third-party manufacturers shortly:

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Case-Mate Barely There
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Case-Mate Tough Case

In addition to cases we’ve got S5 screen protectors from Case-Mate listed, as well as the official Galaxy S5 screen protectors from Samsung. We always recommend checking out Crystalusion (one size fits all!) as well if you don’t want to wait for screen protectors to become available.

As well as the protective accessories, we’ve also got the Galaxy S5 Extra Battery Kit available to order, as well as a few different cables

At the moment we still await ETAs for accessories and we’ll get these added to the individual listings as they become available.

All settled in – Clove Vlog #70

Sorry it has been a while, but we are now settled into new offices, so we aim to bring you more.  MWC is around the corner.

Motorola Moto X User Manual

Motorola Moto X User Guide

Below you can find the digital version of the Motorola Moto X user manual. If you would like a printed version, please click here.

The Moto X is the big brother to the very popular Moto G, offering always on voice commands amongst many other great features.

Hopefully the user manual will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the device, but if there is anything that isn’t covered or if you have any questions prior to purchasing, please feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

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