After announcing Galaxy S4 pre-order details last week – $249.99 with new two-year contracts, starting April 16 – prompting the media to question this strange pricing policy when compared with iPhone 5 on-contract costs, AT&T has updated its announcement to reflect that the 16GB model will actually be cheaper.
The on-contract $16GB Galaxy S4 will cost $199.99, while the 32GB model will be priced at $249.99, also with new two-year contracts. AT&T has quietly updated its March 28 blog post with this phrase only:
*Update: The 32GB model will be $249.99 with a two-year commitment and the 16GB model will be $199.99 with a two-year commitment.
Was this an honest mistake? Or did AT&T react to the media response and iPhone 5 pricing comparisons, deciding to cut Galaxy S4 prices? We have no idea what happened there, but what we can tell you for sure is that the 16GB Galaxy S4 now costs as much as the 16GB iPhone 5 or the 32GB HTC One (which will also launch with the carrier in the coming weeks).
It’s also unclear whether the 32GB Galaxy S4 will be in stock with AT&T at launch or not, but we’ll probably hear more details about it in the near future. However, we’ll note that UK buyers who can already pre-order their Galaxy S4 devices can only purchase the 16GB model (in either Black Mist or White Frost) no matter what mobile operator or electronics retailer in the country they’d choose.