While most of the US carriers have been proudly announcing pre-order and release dates for Samsung's latest flagship, Verizon has remained relatively quiet about it. That is, until now.
Verizon just announced the pertinent dates in regards to the Galaxy S4 launch, which will be available in stores on May 30 according to Ken Muche, a Verizon PR rep. Pre-orders for the device will begin on April 25, which is tomorrow. That's a pretty long pre-order period, so let's hope Verizon has plenty of stock ready.
As for prices, the 16GB Galaxy S4 model is going to cost $199.99 with a new two year contract, but that includes a $50 mail-in rebate. If you want to stay away from contracts altogether, the device will cost $649.99. That's pretty damn expensive for a smartphone, but buying the phone outright will allow consumers to keep their grandfathered unlimited data plans. I'm one of the few that still has unlimited data through Verizon, and I intend to keep it that way for now. I would go with T-Mobile, but where I live their service is terrible, so Verizon and AT&T are actually the only viable options.
Surprisingly, this news comes shortly after T-Mobile and Sprint have delayed the launch of the Galaxy S4 on their networks. Although, the delay isn't too severe considering it only changes the launch date by a few days or more. T-Mobile expects the Galaxy S4 to sell in retail stores on April 29 while Sprint expects to have units available two days before that (April 27).
Hopefully you know all about the Galaxy S4 by now if you don't then you've obviously been living under a rock. For good measure though, here are the related specs:
- 4.99-inch AMOLED HD display (1920 x 1080 resolution) with 441 ppi
- 1.9Ghz Snapdragon 600 processor
- 2GB of installed RAM
- 13MP rear facing camera with a 2MP front facing
- 16GB of internal storage with MicroSD expansion slot (up to 64GB)
- 32GB variant will be available after launch
Are you picking up the Galaxy S4 from one of the leading US carriers? If so, who are you going with? If you're not getting the Galaxy S4, what device are you getting instead (or waiting for)?