The last of the Big Four to start selling the Galaxy S4 in the U.S., Verizon, appears to have started shipping Galaxy S4 pre-orders already. Meanwhile, last year’s Galaxy S model (the LTE version) has been reportedly spotted heading to T-Mobile stores.
Droid-Life reports that Verizon Galaxy S4 buyers have received notifications that their pre-orders are currently prepped for shipping, and while they have an estimated delivery date of May 23, they could actually reach some of the early buyers faster then expected.
Initially announced for May 30, the launch date for the Verizon Galaxy S4 has been pushed up to May 23, at which point the handset will most likely be available in brick-and-mortar stores.
Verizon sells the 16GB Galaxy S4 model for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with new two-year contracts, and the handset is available in both Black Mist and White Frost. The 32GB model is not in stock with the carrier at this time.
The “old” Galaxy S3 may still be an enticing proposition to buyers, especially T-Mobile subscribers looking to score the LTE version of the handset.
The LTE edition (SGH-T999L model) is apparently heading to stores according to a screenshot scored by TmoNews.
While a release date for the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 LTE edition is not officially available, it looks like only the 16GB white model has been spotted shipping to stores, although we’d expect it to be available in other colors as well.
The non-LTE T-Mobile Galaxy S3 is still available from the carrier and retails for $69.99 upfront followed by 24 monthly installments of $20 each, so we’d expect the LTE version to have a similar price. However, it’s worth noting that the non-LTE version is currently marked as out-of-stock on T-Mobile’s website.
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My Verizon S4 shipped on the 18th and should be here on the 21st.
I ordered mine today via the web. it’s still technically a pre-order and it shipped this afternoon. I should have it by wednesday the 22nd.