AT&T just updated their consumer news blog with all the pre-order details for the Samsung Galaxy S4. If you were wondering how much it was going to cost you to upgrade, or when pre-orders would start- then you’re in luck!
AT&T’s Galaxy S4 will be available for pre-order starting April 16th, and it’s going to cost $249.99 with a new two-year service agreement. Yes, unfortunately, you’ll have to sign your life away – and money- for two years.
The price is right in line with predictions we made that the S4 would cost about the same as the Galaxy S3 did when it launched last year. Samsung never announced an official release date or price range during their unboxing event at the beginning of this month.
AT&T didn’t say anything about a shipping date, so we still don’t know when the S4 is actually going to be available. If I had to guess, I would say by the end of Q2, or the beginning of Q3 at the latest.
AT&T’s $249.99 price tag is certainly a curious one, especially when you consider the iPhone 5 is only $199.99 with a new contract. Furthermore, if you were to buy the Galaxy S4 through T-Mobile, contract-free, it would only cost you $99 for a down payment. Of course, you’ll be paying the remaining cost to T-Mobile in monthly installments, but that still makes AT&T’s steep price hard to choke down.
The Galaxy S4 includes a 5-inch 1080p HD display, and comes in several models with varying storage capacities; there are 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models available. AT&T has not specified which variant you will be getting for $250, but I’m hoping it’s the 32GB version at least.
Now that, you know the price of Samsung’s latest flagship, what do you think? Are you still willing to throw that much money down on the table? To be fair, you probably spent the same amount for your Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note II, if you own one.
Personally, I don’t like this new ‘sweet spot’ that carriers have settled upon, dropping $250 to $300 on a new smartphone is always going to be hard to swallow.