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A brief recap of Samsung Galaxy S 4 U.S. availability

May 5, 2013 | by Natesh Sood

Android Phones, AT&T, Carriers, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

Galaxy S 4

With the Samsung Galaxy S 4 having just launched across several American carriers in the United States, now is a good time to recap on its general availability as well as the hardware it is packing.

To begin, AT&T has the Samsung Galaxy S 4 16GB model available in both White Frost and Black Mist.  The remaining carriers (Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless) will each have the device available in the same two colors.  At this time, AT&T only has the 16GB model in stock for $199 on a two year contract.

Secondly, Sprint is selling the Galaxy S 4 at a slightly discounted price of $149 on a two year contract.  It is hard to figure out why the discrepancy in pricing exists, but I am sure current Sprint customers are completely satisfied with the $50 discount in price over its competition.

The third carrier being addressed today is T-Mobile who has the Galaxy S 4 for $149 as an upfront fee.  Since the carrier has done away with contracts, the pricing schematic is a bit different than other carriers.  After paying the initial $149 upfront fee, the user will be hit with recurring payments of $20 per month for 24 months.  The grand total, before applicable sales tax, becomes $629.  Keep in mind that T-Mobile offers competitive monthly rates, which allows it to remain competitive when it requires the full cost to be paid.

The last carrier is Verizon Wireless, who unfortunately, will not launch the device until May 30th.  At this time, the three other major carriers have each launched the Samsung Galaxy S 4.  However, Verizon Wireless is currently taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S 4 to tune of $199.  It is a bit surprising to see Verizon launch the device a month later than other carriers, but such is the situation.

In terms of a hardware recap, the Galaxy S 4 packs a 5 inch 1080p display, LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear facing camera, a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2MP front facing camera, and a 2600 mAh battery.  In terms of software, the device runs Android 4.2, but keep in mind it is heavily skinned with TouchWiz with many features.

Lastly, if you are interested in protecting your new Samsung Galaxy S 4 with a case, I recommend browsing Samsung Galaxy S 4 cases.

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