The Samsung Galaxy S4 will launch on April 30th, through AT&T. That's not far away at all. Some folks that have already pre-ordered the device are saying that AT&T is already offering arrival dates as close as May 3rd.
The S4 prices are right on track, at $199 for the 16GB model -in white or black- with a new two year service agreement. If you don't want to deal with a contract you can always pay full price for the phone, which is rated at $639. Interestingly enough, AT&T is also allowing customers to sign one year contract, which will alleviate some of the excessive cost of the S4, dropping the price down to $449.
In comparison, T-Mobile is offering the Galaxy S4 with a $99.99 down payment, and the additional cost spaced out between monthly installments. Of course, those monthly payments will be added to the cost of a service plan. The benefit of going through T-Mobile, however, is that you will be contract-free, and you won't be paying the hefty subsidy fees for your devices.
It's worth noting that a leaked Staples document also shows a May 30th release date for the Verizon model of the Galaxy S4. While it's quite alarming that the launch is set a month after everyone else's, Verizon is known to test out devices considerably before releasing them to market.
I would like to see a substantial (healthy) discussion in the comments below. Many are buying into this T-Mobile Uncarrier thing while others are sticking with the Wireless providers they already have. Now that you know the pricing plans for each of the different carriers, which carrier are you going to get the S4 from? Are you going contract-free with T-Mobile, or the traditional route through AT&T, Sprint or Verizon? In addition, please discuss why you are making a particular decision.
I'm sure this discussion has happened a million times before, but I honestly would love to hear what the community thinks about what's happening in the wireless industry.