AT&T on Wednesday has quietly announced its Galaxy S4 pre-order details, becoming the first U.S. carrier to make such information available to potential buyers, but the second U.S. operator to mention pricing details for the handset, after T-Mobile.
The Galaxy S4 will be available for pre-order starting on April 16, for $249.99 with a new two-year contract:
Continuing our legacy as the first carrier to launch Samsung’s Galaxy series, we are excited to announce AT&T customers will be able to begin pre-ordering the Galaxy S4 beginning April 16 for $249.99 with a two-year commitment. We are proud to offer this iconic device and continue to offer our customers the best smartphone line-up, with a variety of devices for every lifestyle and budget. For more information and to pre-order, please visit http://www.att.com/galaxys4.
The carrier has not mentioned whether the phone will be available both in Black Mist and White Frost in the first round of pre-orders. But since it only offered one pricing option for the handset, we’re almost convinced that AT&T will only have the 16GB in stock initially.
Moreover, since it will naturally be a 4G LTE model, we’re looking at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Galaxy S4 version for AT&T.
Shipping dates are not available, and it will be interesting to see what carrier will be the first one to launch the handset. T-Mobile said its $99 off-contract-but-with-monthly-installments Galaxy S4 will be available around May 1.
Now that AT&T has announced its Galaxy S4 pre-order, we expect all other U.S. carriers that will stock the phone (and we have at least six of them) to announce similar details in the very very near future.
Meanwhile, UK buyers can already pre-order the handset (only the 16GB Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 version also,) and we have a pre-order shopping guide already in place for them.