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AT&T may be the first in the U.S. to offer Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 phone, but it won’t come cheaply: The carrier starts taking pre-orders on April 16 for the $249.99 (with contract) handset.

Air Touch on Galaxy S 4

AT&T customers pining for the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 can begin the pre-order process on April 16. The carrier announced the news on Thursday, saying the price would be $249.99 with two-year contract. No official availability date was provided, but the statement made by AT&T implies it could be the first in the U.S. to have the Galaxy S 4:

“Continuing our legacy as the first carrier to launch Samsung’s Galaxy series, we are excited to announce AT&T customers will be able to begin pre-ordering the Galaxy S4 beginning April 16 for $249.99 with a two-year commitment. We are proud to offer this iconic device and continue to offer our customers the best smartphone line-up, with a variety of devices for every lifestyle and budget. For more information and to pre-order, please visit http://www.att.com/galaxys4.”

Interestingly, T-Mobile loosely shared details for the Galaxy S 4 on its network earlier this week. T-Mobile CEO John Legere noted that the Galaxy S 4 would arrive around May 1 for the up-front price of $99 and 24 monthly, interest-free payments. Customers can also pay full price for the phone and then just pay $50 to $70 for monthly service through one of the Simple Choice plans.

It’s likely that T-Mobile’s Galaxy S 4 will cost less than what AT&T is charging: Assuming the phone payments are $20 per month — the same as the iPhone 5 — the Galaxy S 4 would cost $579 on T-Mobile. Will consumers see that price difference and take advantage of it? That’s the big question that remains unanswered as T-Mobile transitions completely away from phone contracts with subsidized phone prices.

  1. Is that for the 16GB model? If so, it’s higher than the iPhone 5 at $ 199 on contract, and a bold move indeed. I like the S4. I have owned all six iPhone models to date, and was debating between the HTC One and the S4 to try out the bigger screen. Suddenly HTC One looks even more attractive (pun intended)!

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  2. Simeon A Tuoyo Thursday, March 28, 2013

    I will wait Till then.

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  3. I like the S4 and all its reviews are good, Ive been waiting for its release, but I think I;ll hold on a minute at least until it comes down to $199.00. the features are also hot and spicy.
    HTC is great but the perks of this one might be worth it. I only buy new phones about every two years anyway so. Its time for me and this one should hold up in technology for me at least another two years.

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