Leaked Staples document outs tentative carrier launch dates for the Samsung Galaxy S4

Leaked Staples document outs tentative carrier launch dates for the Samsung Galaxy S4
A leaked document from business supply retailer Staples not only reveals when the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available for pre-orders for the chain, it also gives out some information that everyone wants to know. First, Staples will be joining some other retailers in accepting reservations for the next Android flagship model this coming Tuesday, April 16th. Earlier on Sunday, we passed along an internal Walmart document that revealed that the deep discount retailer will also be taking pre-orders for the phone on Tuesday.

The leaked memo from Staples also reveals a tentative launch date for the device on T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile had already announced that it would launch the phone on May 1st, a date that also shows up on Staple's memo. The tentative launch date for AT&T is April 26th while Verizon isn't expected to launch it's version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 until May 30th, more than a month after AT&T's release. No date for Sprint's launch of the phone was indicated. Big Red is said to have the most rigorous carrier testing among the top four carriers in the U.S. which might explain the delay.

While pricing wasn't disclosed, AT&T has already indicated that the 16GB model would be priced at $199.99 with a signed two-year contract, and that the 32GB model would run $249.99 on contract. T-Mobile is expected to ask for a $99.99 down payment for the 16GB model with the balance paid off in monthly installments of $20 for 24 months.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

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35 Comments

1. sun0066

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

why verizon is always the last company to offer new phones, is it a marketing strategy or they simple does not care about the customer enough, interesting

6. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

21. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

Wondering the same thing. At&t may have paid extra to have the phone 1st as an exclusive.

24. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Five days isn't much of an exclusive.

33. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

Verizon and at&t are competitors, at&t will have it a whole month before verizon. That's a pretty big difference.

35. martycota

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

For the exact reason I refuse to ever go to verizon after my I dropped them during 30 day trial, they need time to add all their bloatware and lock things down to verizon only programs

2. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Of course Verizon was a month later releasing the s3 so why would the s4 be any different

3. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Verizon sucks i'm glad i don't have them

7. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

sucks to have the best service

10. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

and the worst and most expensive phones/phone plans too...

11. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

$40 a month here.

16. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

$40 for what? I'm a long time customer and I haven't seen a $40 bill from them EVER! So if you've got some plan the rest of us haven't seen yet... My friend, I am all ears right now.

22. Hemlocke unregistered

They are just trolling. The Verizon dumbphone plan is $30, and not even employees get smartphone service for $40.

26. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Partly true: $30 for a senior plan or $40 for a feature (neither with smartphone). A senior would pay $60 with a smartphone. A smartphone plan for anyone else under the current offering is at least $80 and realistically $100. However, a dealer plan is $30 (smartphone), though my older, unlimited data plan is still $25 with my S3.

34. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Depends on how you look at it. I've got a 5 line family share plan, 1400 minutes, unlimited text & data for each line, and a data discount for each line ($20). With taxes & fees included and split 5 ways it figures out to $46 per line. That discount and their coverage are the only reasons I'm still with Verizon. If they pull our data discount, we're shopping around, of course our only alternatives are AT&T & Straight Talk (which uses VZW towers here). But might be worth it to give one of them a shot.

4. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Who cares..

20. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

thumbs up

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hmm......where is Sprint? :P

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They usually launch in Fridays rite?

28. Azonx8472

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

Staples does not carry sprint. So this would not show any info.

8. jacobxtyler

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

ill be so pissed if verizon is a whole month behind on this... they have done nothing but let their customers down on all fronts related to devices and releases...

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Here in Las Vegas AT&T usually launches non iPhones on Sunday. 4-26-13 is a Friday, maybe they're changing it up for what should be a huge launch day.

12. rla2680

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

yeah Verizon is the worst. I am eagerly awaiting that phone and now I may have to wait an entire month....

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That sucks. Why not just launch on all of its carriers on the same day?

29. Galen20K

Posts: 579; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

well....

13. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Settle down everyone!!! Are we Verizon customers getting the phone later than the others? Why sure!! Do you want to know why they have the best 4G LTE network and network period?? It's because they do extensive test on the phone and on their network. They aren't the best network as far as coverage and 4G for nothing people so relax. Hell, if you root and place a custom rom on your S3, you're already seeing quite a few instances of S4 software on those roms. I think I don't mind waiting another month to make sure everything is working peachy :)

17. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Extensive test = adding bloatware. C'mon, you know it's true.

25. Hemlocke unregistered

Slower 3G, most expensive, and slower LTE is "best"? My HSPA+ speeds on AT&T are comparable to Verizon LTE speeds in my town, and T-Mo smokes both. They may have more LTE markets, but that is the only way they are "best."

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's my main reason for AT&T. Really good data speeds

30. Galen20K

Posts: 579; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Looking forward to LTE but I get 20-29Mbps regularly on T-Mobile HSPA+42, which is actually faster than Att/Verizon LTE most times in my area. - )

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