A new report reveals that some AT&T Galaxy S4 pre-orders could be shipped earlier than expected, on April 23 instead of April 30 or later.
AT&T started taking pre-orders a few days ago, listing an April 30 ship date for the handset. At the same time, some of the early buyers received notices saying their units will be delivered by May 3.
Now Engadget reports that the shipping date for the flagship Samsung handset has been quietly bumped up to April 23 (see image below) although when going to AT&T’s online store you’ll still get that initial April 30 listed.
Was this just a mistake, or is AT&T trying to be the first carrier to ship the Galaxy S4 in the U.S.?
T-Mobile will launch the handset on April 24, with Sprint getting it a few days later, on April 27. Both carriers have some interesting offers, with the former selling the handset for $149.99 with monthly installments but not a mandatory contract and the later giving customers that switch carriers for the Galaxy S4 $100 off the listed $249.99 on-contract price.
Regional carrier U.S. Cellular also has the Galaxy S4 up for pre-order, priced at $199.99 with new contracts. The mobile operator will ship the handset in late April, and throw in a free S Flip Cover with every purchase.
Other U.S. carriers will also be selling the handset in the region, including Verizon, Cricket and C Spire, but we’re still waiting for availability details for these operators.
On a related note, if you’re looking for a better AT&T Galaxy S4 deal, head over to Walmart, which is selling the handset for $168 with a new two-year AT&T contract, or $32 cheaper than the carrier. However, there’s no telling when Walmart will ship the handset.
Has any AT&T Galaxy S4 buyer out there received an April 23 ship date notice from the carrier?
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Not so fast, the page went back to 4/30 as the date. Perhaps it will ship a week early, but I wouldn’t count on it.
hey Chris Smith have you heard any other news related to the new shipping date? Has it been confirmed ? I figured you would hear things before “normal” people since you are the junior editor to this website.
Pre-ordered mine on the 16th and just got an email, from AT&T, saying mine could arrive as early as the 25th!