Samsung Galaxy S4: price and availability in the U.S. compared

So, you're planning on getting the amazingly awesome Samsung Galaxy S4, aren't you? Great choice! It's an amazing phone that has a lot to offer – something that everyone who has read our Samsung Galaxy S4 review already knows. What you might not yet know, on the other hand, is that the highly anticipated smartphone is not going to arrive at all U.S. carriers at the same time. While AT&T and Sprint will be among the first ones to start offering it, Verizon subscribers will have to wait until May. Same applies for those using the services of lesser wireless carriers across the U.S. On top of all that, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will carry a different price tag, depending on which carrier you turn to.

In other words, things aren't as simple as they may seem. There are choices to be made depending on which carrier you're happy with and how much money you're willing to put aside. That's why we decided to help. Below we have put together all carriers that are going to offer the Samsung Galaxy S4, along with useful information about the smartphone's launch date and price. Let's start with the big boys:

So overall, it looks like T-Mobile's offer is the cheapest. Even if you pick the carrier's unlimited plan ($70 per month), you're still likely to spend less in total after 2 years of ownership compared to what other carriers' plans of equal value cost over the same period of time. With AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, however, you'll be enjoying broader LTE coverage, which often translates to higher data speeds. 

Alternatively, there are four more carriers that you'll be able to pick a Samsung Galaxy S4 from – U.S. Cellular, Cricket, Ting, and C Spire. Sure, the smartphone is due to arrive at a later date (unless you're a U.S. Cellular user), but buying an S4 from one of them instead of a major carrier is likely to save you money over time. In terms of pricing and availability, details are pretty scarce at this time, but we'll update the table below as soon as we learn more on the matter.

All information published above current as of April 25, 2013.

Related phones

Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. samsungIScopycat

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

no thanx about waiting G pro..... from korea, most of korean people like LG than Samsung...include me... Samsung always copy any good items from companies.. Korean dont like it...

2. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Yeah, But Optimus G Pro copied galaxy note II... So dont give the "korean dont like samsung" rant

3. zubby1995

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Samdung Is Great Cheater And A Non Creative Company They Must Do Something New They Are Following From The Other And Your Note Is Copied From HTC Flyer Okay

6. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Lol Htc Flyer Is A 7 Inch Tablet.... I Hope You Know What You Are Talking About

26. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

my 12 year old chinese kid knows the difference between a tablet and the note .. how are you even registered here??

10. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Lg copied the note 2 design.

25. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Please man!! Shut up!! G Pro's Back Panel is way cooler than the note 2's back panel.

28. SoulEater1667

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

It's your opinion ,how can you prove it with solid arguments?

31. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

I don't need any!!

33. dok2005

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

maybe because the look of back panel existed on the optimus g first. then the pro. for some reason samsung said i got to have my back look like that.

34. SoulEater1667

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Note 2 was realesed in 2012 september and G in november you can't say that samsung stealed G design , eventualy lg stealed his aspect.

41. samsungIScopycat

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

samsung copied AMOLED skills from LG....

47. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

You mean OLED? Samsung calls their oled displays amoled.

37. Narnag88

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

"from korea, most of korean people like LG than Samsung...include me..." Wow... That's bold statement But you ignore the fact - market share in Korea (smartphone) Samsung 65-70% LG 15-20% Pantech 5-10% Apple + etc... 5-10% So you are saying "MOST" Korean people like LG over Samsung???

40. samsungIScopycat

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

only reason that people purchased samsung phone because its cheap. back at before, samsung sold GS3 for only $70 with contract since when they release GS3 after a month later...and that was big issues from korea..... and sold more phone...because that are cheap...

44. SleepingOz unregistered

I've been there twice and no, Samsung phones ain't any cheaper than LG ones. S.Koreans like Samsung and they're really proud to show off their Samsung's devices.

46. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

koreanovelas are hit in our country, their artists mostly use Samsung s3 and note2,, :) so its not abt being cheap, classy people like ss phones also

49. SleepingOz unregistered

It's called Korean dramas dude.. haha But yeah, most of the Korean showbiz stars use Samsung smartphones and iPhones.

4. zubby1995

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Samdung S4 Has A Fake 8 Cores Faker Faker OKay If It Has So Than It Should Be Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar Better Than The Other Some where HTC One And Sony LG G Pro Beats The Fake 8 Cores LoL You Peoples Are Fakers Fakers

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Learn how too speak little boy.

15. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

go home you're drunk

27. SoulEater1667

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Dude, i didn't heard samsung saying that the procesor has 8 cores.No they sad that are 2 procesors that are 4 cores each.You are stupid and missed informed.

5. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

well l be waity for sammy boy on t mobile... come to papa ^-^

7. zubby1995

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Please Guys Dont Waste Your Money On S4 buy HTC One Or G pro ONe Is The BEst

9. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Dude You Are A Troll

29. SoulEater1667

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Wow, people waste money on whatever they want not on what are you saying.Shut up and if you want to buy a phone then buy one g pro and let us waste our money on s4.

45. SleepingOz unregistered

"HTC One Or G pro ONe Is The BEst" Mind to explain how?

8. Just.Me

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

I really dont understand how the price plans work in the US. after 2 years do you still have to pay extra for the phone for it to be yours ??????????

19. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Are you talking about traditional plans or the new T-Mobile style plans? With traditional plans you pay a reduced amount for the phone at the start of the contract. It's yours as soon as you get it, then you are locked into a 2 year contract for service. The newer T-Mobile style plans. T-Mobile you pay a certain amount every month towards the phone plus the service plan. When the phone is paid off it is unlocked by the carrier. Verizon is a little different. They basically give you a loan to buy the phone. Then every month you pay an amount towards the phone, plus interest on the remaining balance until it is paid off, plus the service fee. But there is no 2 year contract. In the end the consumer pays more money than a traditional plan, but there is no contract. Personally, I'm grandfathered into my plan so I have no intention of ever changing anything so I'll gladly renew my contract and save $300 on a phone.

11. bobolicious

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

IM going to get this phone soon as comes out. I have sprint and will keep it with them as they are the only company who has unlimted data. Thats mainly what the phone will be used for data. I always have to laugh when i see the other phone companys stats about the data usage comparing prices as well. Look at verizon $80 dollars a month and only 300 mb? some of my newer games are close to 2 gigs for Each game which would be 2100 mb...., and sprint is only $79.99 a month for UNLIMITED. I must say i never get dropped calls or nothing so to me sprint is the way to go.

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