Several U.S. carriers have announced pricing and availability details for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 launch.
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U.S. consumers eager to get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 don't have to wait much longer. The smartphone, which offers an amazing array of features, will be available from no fewer than seven wireless network operators and seven electronics retailers. Here are the details.
AT&T is already accepting preorders for the Galaxy S 4 through its website. For now, AT&T is listing a ship date of April 30 with arrival in early May. The carrier hasn't said when the S 4 will reach its retail stores. AT&T is charging $199.99 for the 16-GB model, which is available in both black mist and white frost. It is not currently offering the 32-GB model, nor has it announced plans to carry the higher-capacity variant.
C Spire Wireless, a small regional carrier that operates in several southern states, announced that it will sell the Galaxy S 4 this summer. It did not reveal pricing. Though C Spire's home network is limited to regions of Alabama and Mississippi, it has a nationwide roaming agreement with Sprint.
Sprint also announced its plans for the Galaxy S 4 on Wednesday. Beginning April 27, Sprint customers can grab the S 4 online and in stores. Sprint is charging $249.99 for existing customers and most new lines of service. However, if you're willing and able to port your number to Sprint from another wireless network operator, Sprint will knock $100 off that out-of-pocket cost. Of course, you'll need to sign a two-year contract. Like AT&T, Sprint is offering only the 16-GB model.
Last, T-Mobile USA revealed that the Galaxy S 4 will be available via its website beginning April 24. It won't reach T-Mobile stores, however, until May 1. T-Mobile is offering the GS4 for a down payment of $149.99, plus 24 monthly payments of $20 each. T-Mobile is offering only the 16-GB model and has no plans to offer the 32- or 64-GB models.
Verizon Wireless, Cricket Wireless and U.S. Cellular also plan to sell the Galaxy S 4 but have not yet released launch details. The S 4 will eventually be available at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, Costco, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Staples, Target and Wal-Mart stores as well. None of these retailers have announced exact availability, but details will likely fall in line with when the S 4 launches on the respective carriers offering the device.
A note about the storage options offered by these carriers: It appears that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are being conservative by sticking with the 16-GB model only. It's worth pointing out that the Galaxy S 4 supports microSD memory cards up to 64 GB. You can pick up a 64-GB microSD card for much less than the $100 most carriers charge to jump to the next-highest storage option. With a 64-GB memory card, S 4 owners can boost the total storage capacity of their device to 80 GB. Frankly, if you need more storage on your phone than that, you have problems.
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