About a month after the first US carrier started selling and shipping one of the most revered smartphones in the market the Samsung Galaxy S4, Verizon, one of the top US carriers, now has the S4 and its subscribers can start getting it. A Verizon PR earlier this month posted on Twitter the company’s bringing of the launch date from May 30th to May 23rd which is today. This comes barely a day after Samsung proudly announced that it had sold over 10 million of the popular Android smartphone.
If you are a Verizon customer and cannot wait to get the Galaxy S4, the good news is that you can place an order online or you can walk to a Verizon store near you and buy one. Verizon is selling the 16 GB version of the phone for $199 with a two year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. However, if you still have another $50 to spend, you can get the Samsung Galaxy S4’s official accessory bundle and you will a car charger, a screen protector and a silicone cover which is the same color as the phone you buy. To me, $50 is a little steep, considering that there are accessories out there for the S4 made by third parties and they are just as good in quality as the originals but much cheaper.
If you don’t want to make a 2 year commitment to Verizon, you can just buy the S4 for $649.99, and go with their month-to-month service. The only color options you have at the moment are White Frost and Black Mist, and you can only get the 16 GB version for now. However, on this note, I should point out that Samsung has announced four new colors for the S4 for the summer including Red Aurora, Blue Arctic, Brown Autumn and Purple Mirage. It is likely that Verizon and other carriers may carry these colors, along with their own, sometime in the near future.
Just in case you missed, Google launched their own version of Samsung Galaxy S4 which actually is the hardware with stock Android operating system. If you are a modder or would just love a minimalist S4, you can get the AOSP S4 from Google Play for the same price Verizon is selling theirs without contract – $649.