AT&T said today it would begin taking pre-orders for the new Samsung Galaxy S4, priced at $249.99 with a 2-year contract. Customers can pre-order the smart phone on April 16. AT&T did not confirm when the smart phone will hit the stores.
The $249.99 price tag, which is higher than the previous versions of the smart phone (that typically retail at $199.99), is for the 16GB base model of the Galaxy S4. Although the smart phone is expected to sell big, ahead of the launch of the next iPhone, it faces competition from BlackBerry and its Z10 and Q10 phones, and from HTC One.
T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert told CNET that its Galaxy S4 will launch on or before May 1. The carrier is expected to offer the option to buy the smart phone for a down payment of $100, with a $20 charge per month for 24 months of ownership.
T-Mobile has not confirmed the pricing, exact availability, and whether the Galaxy S4 will support 4G LTE, although the smart phone has been tested on T-Mobile’s LTE network ahead of launch.
In the UK, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is now ready for pre-order, ahead of the official April 26 launch date. Every major UK network is expected to sell the smart phone, with Phones 4u’s contract deals suggesting a price of around £41 per month, if customers want it for free up-front..
EE, currently the only network in the UK that can offer the smart phone on a 4G contract, has set a tariff of £31 per month, as well as a one-off payment of £270 for a 2-year contract and 500MB of data.
Pay as you go prices have not been set as yet, but will likely be around £500, judging from the monthly tariffs.
Amazon has set up a pre-order page, asking £699 for a 16GB SIM-free model.