April 17, 2013 — -- Samsung's Galaxy S4 has become the Android phone to wait for. The phone has a slew of new features, including an improved 13-megapixel camera, new software features and it responds to waves and gestures. It also has a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p screen.
But the wait for the new phone will be over soon. Today Samsung announced that the handset will be available at seven U.S. carriers starting this month. Below are the details. Before you buy, check out our first look at the phone. Our full review will be out soon.
You can now preorder an AT&T Galaxy S4 at att.com. The 16GB version costs $199.99 with a two-year contract. The 32GB version will cost $249.99. It will ship on April 30. If you don't want to sign a two-year contract, the phone is $639.99.
You will be able to get T-Mobile's Galaxy S4 next week on April 24 through tmobile.com; it will be available at T-Mobile stores on May 1. The phone is available with T-Mobile's new "uncarrier" pricing. That means the phone costs just $149.99 up front, but you have to pay T-Mobile $20 a month for the next 24 months to pay off the rest of the phone. For more information on T-Mobile's new rates look over here.
Sprint's Galaxy S4 launch day is April 27, though you will be able to pre-order yours , Thursday, April 18. And Sprint's charging slightly more upfront for the phone than the previous two carriers. The 16GB version of the phone will start at $249.99 with a two-year contract. New Sprint customers can get the phone for $149.99 with a two year contract.
Verizon will have the phone, but it hasn't released launch or pricing information. We will update this article when the carrier announces more information.
But carriers aren't the only places that will sell the new phone. Walmart will sell the AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile versions of the phone. The AT&T version will cost $168 with a two-year contract at Walmart. Walmart will also drop the price of the Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S3 to $39.88 with a two-year contract.
Staples will have the phone as well -- it will have some carrier versions of it at 500 of its select mobile phone stores on April 26. The AT&T version will be available for $199.99 with a two-year contract at Staples on April 26. The T-Mobile version will be out on May 1 at the store.
The phone will be available at other retailers too, including Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, Costco, Radio Shack, Sam's Club and Target.