The Galaxy S4 will be available in the U.S. from at least six mobile operators, with Verizon’s version having been apparently spotted making its way through the FCC.
An FCC filing for the SCH-I545, which is most likely the model number for Verizon’s Galaxy S4 considering that SCH-I535 is the model number for Verizon’s current Galaxy S3, says the device will support the 700MHz LTE band (Band 13) right alongside Verizon’s 1700MHz AWS frequencies (Band 4).
Just like Sprint’s Galaxy S4, which has also been seen at the FCC, Verizon’s Galaxy S4 will come with global roaming features – in addition to CDMA and LTE, we’re also looking at GSM and WCDMA support (850MHz and 1900MHz bands). But we have no idea when Big Red will launch the handset, or whether the device will actually offer global roaming features at launch.
So far, only T-Mobile and AT&T mentioned pricing details for the Galaxy S4, and only AT&T and U.S. Cellular announced pre-order dates for the handset. From the looks of it, pre-orders will start around April 16 (AT&T, U.S. Cellular,) with the first Galaxy S4 orders shipping a few weeks later, possibly starting with May 1 (T-Mobile).
The on-contract Galaxy S4 is currently priced at $249.99 with AT&T, while the off-contract T-Mobile version costs $99 plus a number of monthly installments of $20 each.
What carrier are you buying the Galaxy S4 from?
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Ah, but AT&T and US Cellular have NOT stated what the internal storage option is for that $249 price. I suspect its 16GB with a 32GB version to come later on which means you got screwed which is common place by US carriers. GS3 was $199 16GB and $249 32GB so why should the GS4 be more for less storage.
The only potential upside is the $249 could be a 32GB variant and that may be the only version they sell, but hey we are talking US carriers aren’t we.
I can tell you who I’m NOT buying the S4 from… SPRINT. In Houston Sprint is utterly useless (their 3G is spotty and slow, their 4G is even more spotty – but fast in this precious few moments you can find a connection). I will probably be going Verizon.
Verizon, no doubt. Worth the extra money….to have awesome service, all the time.