Galaxy S4 won’t come in 32GB or 64GB models on U.S. Cellular

by: Brad WardMay 3, 2013

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Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has been picking up a lot of traction in the U.S., but for the most part, the 32GB and 64GB versions remain to be seen. Now, U.S. Cellular has sent word to Gotta Be Mobile that, at the time being, they don’t have plans to carry 32GB and 64GB versions of Samsung’s “Next Big Thing”.

To quote U.S. Cellular word for word:

At this time we don’t have plans to carry the 32GB or 64GB versions of the Galaxy S 4

It’s quite disappointing news to hear when you consider that the 16GB model of the Galaxy S4 only has 8.82GB of storage available to the user, as the Android OS, preloaded apps and Samsung’s additions take up the rest. If you’re a power user, you really may want to consider a microSD card if you plan on grabbing a Galaxy S4.

We’re not sure why we haven’t seen 32GB or 64GB Galaxy S4 models available from carriers just yet, but it may have something to deal with an “overwhelming global demand” and supply issues Samsung earlier mentioned.

Keep in mind that nobody, aside from U.S. Cellular, hasn’t confirmed or denied 32GB and 64GB versions, so there’s still hope to see these larger storage options in the future. Let’s just hope we see these larger storage options sooner than later.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 supports a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 Full HD display with 441ppi. It has a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing shooter, a 2MP front-facing camera and has a microSD slot with support for up to 64GB of expandable storage. On the software front, the device is running Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 atop of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Not familiar with the Galaxy S4? Be sure to check out our full review of the device by Android Authority‘s Joshua Vergara (video below)!

Are you disappointed with U.S. Cellular’s statement? Were you looking forward to a Galaxy S4 with larger storage options? Let us know in the comments below!

  • TechGuy

    Pretty useless having such a powerful phone with so little memory available for users. Amazing that customers don’t have the choice.

    • Marcus Harmon

      It is not useless. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a microSD slot. If a person needs that much storage, just buy a microSD card. Also, it is kind of ridiculous not to buy a phone because of it having less than 32 GB of storage (even if the actual capacity is less). This phone is fantastic, but I doubt many people are going to fill it up to 64GB.

      • iPhoNexus

        Can u install apps on SD-card ?

        How many graphic intensive apps can be installed on S4 ?

        • TechGuy

          Have you read this? It explains why the SD card does not help and also how few hires games can be installed and music/video bought cannot be stored on a card.

          • iPhoNexus

            Thanks for the link.

            Now , I understood it better.

            So if a user want to have 32 GB internal , Only choice is L920 , iP5 and One ? (In US)

          • TechGuy

            I am in Europe so don’t really know what is available in the US. I did read that one of the US carriers will probably sell the S4 32GB model. In Europe, we can’t find any carrier or independent “SIM free” supplier selling the 32Gb or 64Gb models and there is no information at the moment as to when (if ever) the larger memory models may be available. Perhaps it is a master plan by Samsung that the rumoured Note 3 will come with a minimum of 32GB and lots of unhappy S4 16Gb owners will upgrade (again!)


        people like using apps thats not enough space any phone running ics and above will not let save apps to the sd card so a 16gb is useless

    • Arsenal™

      micro SD slot FTW!

      • You cant put apps there or music you bought off the play store

        • Arsenal™

          really?? didnt know abt that

          Is this only for the S4?

          • iPhoNexus

            I think its same for any Android device above 4.x.

            Anyone feel free to correct me if I am wrong

          • TechGuy

            You are correct – You cannot run apps from the card. Also you cannot store videos/music you buy from the play store on a card. For more info on how little is left to the user after a few games on the 16Gb model, see

          • Philo

            Only way to put apps on sd card is to root your phone and use internal2external mod. Basically the phone recognizes your internal as a sd card and your internal as a external.

          • TechGuy

            Maybe OK for the adventurous who are prepared to root their phones.

            Unfortunately the read/write access to an sdcard is much slower than onboard memory and there is a significant cost in speed often resulting in lagginess in games and apps even for those prepared to root.

          • Arsenal™

            say what>>?? i can run apps from SD card on my HTC One V running 4.2.2??

          • Arsenal™

            say what>>?? i can run apps from SD card on my HTC One V running 4.2.2??

    • Anonymous Guy

      That said, the Galaxy S4 lost a key advantage to the Xperia Z, who also has a MicroSD slot up to 64 Gb, now Z will have a new advantage: More User available memory!!

      Another reason to say that the Premium Xperia Z conquers the Gimmicky-packed S4 ^.^

  • No One

    Funny no one ever want to sue Samsung for fraud advertising. Device come with 16/32/64GB. Where are the 32 and 64GB?

  • icyrock1

    I’d never consider a device with less than 16GB of USABLE storage again.

  • Jason Bailey

    Unfortunately this is typical. I have a note 2 LTE here in the UK but it was impossible to get anything other than a 16GB model.

  • gils001

    I’m starting to get a little ticked off. I was looking forward to buying a sprint 32gb sgs4 and all these tight lipped carriers are pissing me off. Why can’t they just come out and say “we will sell it later” or “we will not sell it”….argh so annoying

    • xzftw_2113

      Why waste your money on cheap plastic???? O.o

      Xperia Z gives you “almost” the same phone (screen, RAM, Camera, storage, Processor, thickness) but with Premium Quality, looks, and materials, and Gimmick-free software, crazy durability, waterproof, AND NOW CHEAPER!!

      • gils001

        Lol i want the sgs4 because it has opengles3 on launch and the difference between the sd600 and the s4 pro are pretty big

  • amine ELouakil

    But but it has micro SD! besides the massive 8Gbs of usable storage!

  • George F

    wich otrher countries will the cell go to

  • Sadly sd cards are pretty much useless on the s4 cant store anything you download from the playstore to it and I dont even think rooting helps

  • Josh

    I’ve been looking forward to buying a 32gb or 64gb Galaxy S4 for months, but there’s no way in hell I’m buying a device for that much unless it comes with at least 20gb internal memory. That excludes the 16gb S4. If it isn’t available in 32 or 64 gb soon I’m getting the 32gb HTC One instead, even though I don’t like it as much

  • Drew

    It doesnt make sence to limit our choices because the s3 32gb didnt meet you greedy carriers expectations. A lot of people including myself, bought the s3 16gb. Only to quickly realize with this amazing new phone. I could play amazing new games. That take up 1-2gbs a peice. And so my point is. Many people chose the s3 16gb, because they did not know how quickly it would be filled up. With new and larger games coming out day by day. In my opinion; You have catored to the masses of sheep, that dont know whether or not to switch from their iphone. You sicken me samsung/canadian wireless dealers.
    Start listening to your loyal customers, because you have lost many.

    • Drew

      (About the s4)

  • agustobing

    This is why i wont use Samsung. I’ll tell to my mum.

    samsung never give their best

    . Bad phone. I just can say HAHAHA. Bad phone

  • Joseph

    Hello Sir, am businessman comany in Ghana West Africa, i need buy samsung galaxy s4 something my self sell phone mobile in Ghana. i hear from u soon thanks