Sprint and T-Mobile announce Galaxy S4 availability: $150, late April release date

April 17, 2013
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 will become available from T-Mobile and Sprint on April 24 and April 27 respectively, for the same price of $150 (conditions apply).

Samsung announced today that no less than seven US carriers would begin selling the much-awaited Galaxy S4 this month. However, the press release was light on the details everybody is really interested in – pricing and release date.

As it usually happens in these occasions, the carriers have begun issuing their own press releases concerning the Galaxy S4 availability, with T-Mobile and Sprint taking the lead.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 price and availability

T-Mobile announced that it will start selling the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $149.99, with a release date pegged for April 24. To get the subsidized phone for $149.99, you will have to sign up for a new two year plan with T-Mobile, and pay the full value of the Galaxy S4 in monthly installments ($20/mo). T-Mobile offers “unlimited talk, text, and Web with no annual service contract on a fast, nationwide 4G network”. Read more about the new “Uncarrier” Simple Choice plans here.

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T-Mobile to Offer Samsung Galaxy S 4 at Exceptional Upfront Cost

Only U.S. wireless company to sell Galaxy S 4 with unlimited talk, text and Web with no annual service contract on a fast, nationwide 4G network

BELLEVUE, Wash. - April 17, 2013 - America’s Un-carrier continues making bold moves to give consumers affordable, unrestricted1 and hassle-free ways to get the latest 4G LTE smartphones.

T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced today the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 will be available online at www.T-Mobile.com beginning April 24 for just $149.99 down – plus monthly device payments – for qualifying customers with the new Simple Choice Plan.

The availability of Samsung Galaxy S 4 comes as T-Mobile is delivering the most popular smartphones in revolutionary new ways and giving customers far more flexibility with how they buy and use their wireless devices.

“Samsung has a proven track record of delivering the ‘Next Big Thing’ in smartphone innovation,” said John Legere, president and CEO, T-Mobile USA. “By combining our bold, Un-carrier moves - no restrictions, no limits and an unbeatable value - with Samsung’s leading-edge technology, you’re going to get the most from your Samsung Galaxy S 4 at T-Mobile -hands down.”

T-Mobile is the only major U.S. wireless company offering the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with the following:

· No annual service contract plus unlimited talk, text and Web on a blazing-fast nationwide 4G network.

· The ability to save money upfront and every month over AT&T, Verizon and Sprint through the Simple Choice Plan.

· HD Voice for nationwide crystal-clear high-definition calling and reduced background noise.

· Smartphone Mobile HotSpot feature for sharing the Samsung Galaxy S 4′s connection to the T-Mobile 4G network with up to five Wi-Fi capable devices (tablet, e-reader, laptop, portable gaming device and more). Smartphone Mobile HotSpot is included with every Simple Choice Plan.

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 price and availability

Sprint revealed that it will put up the Samsung Galaxy S4 for sale beginning April 27, with pre-orders opening tomorrow, April 18, on Sprint’s GS4 page.

Unlike T-Mobile, Sprint is offering the Galaxy S4 for $249.99, but is throwing in a $100 instant credit for “limited time” and only for the customers that switch from another carrier. If you had a Sprint contract already, it looks like you’ll have to pay the full price.

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Sprint Brings Truly Unlimited Data to Samsung Galaxy S 4 on April 27

New customers switching their phone number to Sprint can get an additional $100 instant credit, reducing the price of Galaxy S 4 to $149.99

Pre-order opens on April 18 at www.sprint.com/galaxys4

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), April 17, 2013 – Sprint (NYSE:S) will offer Samsung Galaxy S® 4 (16GB version) beginning on Saturday, April 27, for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. For a limited time only, new customers who switch their phone number to Sprint from another carrier will receive an additional $100 instant credit, reducing the price of Galaxy S 4 to $149.99 (excluding taxes).

Pre-order for Galaxy S 4 will open on Thursday, April 18, at www.sprint.com/galaxys4, while supplies last.

Galaxy S 4 will be available at Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales (www.sprint.com), and comes in two color options – White Frost and Black Mist.

Sprint offers Truly UnlimitedSM 4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile device with no metering, no throttling, and no overages, all while on the Sprint network, making it the ideal carrier for customers who want to use every single feature of their Galaxy S 4 every single day of the month without worry. Sprint 4G LTE is available in select markets.

“Galaxy S 4 is packed with incredible new features that will benefit from unlimited data plans on the Sprint 4G LTE network,” said Fared Adib, senior vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint encourages our customers to really use their smartphone to its full potential – from surfing the Web to listening to streaming music or watching YouTube videos – without worry about data caps, throttling or silly overage charges on their monthly bill. I know our customers will enjoy this device as much as I do.”

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), Galaxy S 4 is powered by Android™ 4.2.2, Jelly Bean, boasts a brilliant 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen, 1.9GHz quad-core processor and access to the Sprint 4G LTE network. It also offers Multi Window, which allows the use of two apps side-by-side.

Galaxy S 4 is the perfect device for vividly capturing life’s most important moments by featuring dual cameras: a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera with a Dual Camera function allowing simultaneous use of both cameras. Galaxy S 4 is loaded with several innovative capabilities:

* Drama Shot captures a progressive event, like a baby’s first steps or a basketball player’s slam dunk, in one frame
* Eraser Shot removes unwanted objects or people from an otherwise perfect picture
* Live Filters allow an individual to see how a picture will look – on both the camera and camcorder – before the photo is taken
* Story Album™ compiles photos with location and weather information to create the most comprehensive and personalized memory book

Galaxy S 4 adds new touchless navigation with innovative features that detect face, voice and motions to enable screen control.

* Air View™ lets the user preview emails, photos in the gallery, or even the stories in Flipboard by hovering a finger over the screen
* Smart Pause pauses a video by looking away from the screen
* Air Gesture allows the user to answer a call or skip to the next song by waving their hand in front of the screen

Galaxy S 4 also features Polaris® Office to get work done using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from almost anywhere.

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1469473889 Louie Cañedo

    I didn’t think Tmo had contracts anymore. What do you mean $149 with a new 2 yr agreement?

    • whoknowswhereor

      Im thinking 2 years to pay the phone off

    • Josh York

      Yeah, it’s really like no contract with no interest financing on the phone with $150 down.

    • Maya

      You have to leave a 150 downpayment on the phone to qualify for monthly payment of the full retail price of the phone which you end up paying within the 2 years ,.

  • Josh Wells

    Who cares about sprint? They suck aways lol

    • Xtina

      Had them for over 10 years no issues whatsoever, and been all over the country with my phone too. It’s like people just summarily enjoy saying that Sprint sucks without qualifying the statement. I enjoy saying ‘McDonalds sucks’ but that is easily backed up.

  • Xtina

    Galaxy mops up the floor with the iPhone. Its really really encouraging in terms of competition in the industry, AND forces Apple to up their already impressive game.

  • Uriah Romero

    I’m particularly excited to get the T-Mobile Galaxy S4. In addition to be offered at a lower price than other carriers, there is also the fact that the S4 will have a 1080p display and will be able to run on the new LTE network that was released in my area. The S4 sounds like the perfect phone to stream TV on. I like to stay up to date with my shows by watching them on my current phone during the trip to work at DISH, since it takes some time to get there. I use the DISH Anywhere app to stream my live and recorded shows wherever I go and LTE can only help!