There's not long to go before the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S4 starts making its way to millions of keen smartphone enthusiasts and carriers are preparing for the individual release date of the handset. U.S. carrier AT&T was the first to announce the pricing of the handset, but the carrier has now also indicated on its website that the Galaxy S4 will start shipping from April 30 onwards.
AT&T, one of the top four carriers in the U.S., has already started to pre-book the Galaxy S4 and will sell the 16GB model of the phone for $199.99 on a two-year contract. AT&T will also offer the handset for $639.99 without any contract. The carrier has already announced that the 32GB variant of the Galaxy S4 will have a price tag of $249.99 but it is not taking pre-orders for that device yet.
"AT&T was the first to deliver Samsung's Galaxy series and we are excited to bring the Galaxy S4 to the nation's fastest 4G LTE network,"Jeff Bradley, AT&T's senior vice president of devices, said, after the launch of Samsung Galaxy S4. "We continue to offer our customers a broad choice of devices and features to fit any mobile lifestyle, and look forward to growing our family of Samsung Galaxy devices."
Samsung announced at the Galaxy S4 launch event that the smartphone will be available from all major carriers in the U.S. AT&T being one of the most popular carriers will have to face a lot of competition from other network operators. However, a big customer base and the increased hype for the Galaxy S4 will help the carrier to attract more customers to the device.
T-Mobile has confirmed a release date of May 1, Verizon's version of the handset is expected to release on May 30 and Sprint remains silent on the release date for the handset.
With AT&T being the first carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy S4, will you wait for other carriers to launch the handset or will you buy the AT&T version of the smartphone?