I've been anxiously awaiting the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone for months. Thankfully, the wait for the company's "next big thing" is almost over, at least if you reside in the United States. AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have all released Samsung Galaxy S4 pricing and release information. And though Verizon Wireless hasn't made anything official, it's clear that it's only a matter of time before Big Red announces its own Galaxy S4 plans.
T-Mobile will be the first major U.S. carrier to ship the Galaxy S4 on April 24 for just $149.99 down plus monthly device payments for qualifying customers who choose to go with the carrier's new "Simple Choice Plan," which doesn't require a service contract and therefore doesn't offer device subsidizes. T-Mobile customers who go with the Simple Choice Plan need to pay $150 up front and then $20 a month, on top of wireless service fees, for two years, for a total of $630.
Sprint's version of the Samsung Galaxy S will be available to existing customers on Saturday, April 27 for $249.99 with a new, two-year contract. Preorders start tomorrow. Sprint is also attempting to steal wireless customers away from rival carriers with a discounted price of $149.99, along with service agreement, for new customers who switch their phone numbers over to Sprint. (The new customers will receive a $100 instant credit.)
AT&T yesterday announced that it will ship the Galaxy S4 on April 30 for $200 along with a two-year service contract. Shipping is free if you order the device online, and preorders are available right now.
Finally, Verizon Wireless. Verizon still has not made any official Galaxy S4 announcement, but rumors suggest the carrier could release the GS4 on May 30. This week a Verizon-branded device popped up on Samsung's website, so it's a safe bet that a Verizon GS4 will eventually be released, though it will likely be the last carrier to offer the device.
Samsung's Galaxy S4 may not prove to be quite as popular as the Galaxy SIII, but it's still sure to be a hit. I personally can't wait to get my thumbs on the device.