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Pre-orders for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Start April 16 for $249.99

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AT&T has announced that pre-orders for the new Samsung Galaxy S4 will kick off April 16 for $249. That price somewhat indicates that they are not carrying a lower 16GB model and have opted for the 32GB version instead. While their press note this morning doesn’t mention any particular specs outside of what we already know, we saw the 16GB version of the Galaxy S3 launch everywhere last year in the U.S. for $199.

The $249 price will require you to sign a new two-year contract. No other information was provided, exact launch date in particular.

Via:  AT&T

  • turnoffLTE

    “First carrier to launch Samsung’s Galaxy series” – Not entirely true, in the usual AT&T twist of lies

  • http://twitter.com/kartracer3886 Tim

    Does anyone have any idea if this phone might sell out in retail store first day out? I would just order it online. But Im adding my GF to my phone line so I think Id like to do that in store. Im sure there will be a demand. Just not sure how much stock they will have for the first few days of sale.

  • LionStone

    But we also saw the Samsung Droid Charge launch at $299.!

  • Dorian Brooks

    Since most of the apps/software will pass on to the Note 2 I’ll probably go with it….. Then Root/ROM it anyway.

  • triangle8

    I don’t think this is Samsung’s idea. It’s probably AT&T’s idea. Just like $299 LTE phones were Verizon’s idea. Maybe T-Mo has a point that carriers suck.

  • John

    Bad idea by Samsung. They spent a ton of money marketing the S3 to the mainstream consumer. The mainstream consumer won’t know the difference between the 16GB and 32GB. They would buy the iPhone for $50 cheaper.

  • Chimp98

    What’s crazy about this pricing is that you can get a Nexus 4 for $50 more and own the phone straight out. And don’t say the Nexus’ hardware is already outdated. Besides the higher proc, which TouchWiz will eat up like nothing anyway, there’s nothing ‘updated’ about the S4 for them to justify this kind of pricing. Those who say the addition of an SD card makes it all better need to get with the program – cloud services. My Droid DNA got stolen last week and I’m so glad that everything I had on that phone was not stored locally. I was back up and running on a new phone in no time with all my data. Think about that for a minute.

  • Trey

    I guess Verizon is still adding bloatware to their S4. Might be a few more weeks…

    • Richard Yarrell

      2 more months

    • http://www.androidheadlines.com/ Alexander Maxham

      it’ll be out when the Note 3 is announced :D

  • C-Law

    if it’s the 16gb model, Samsung is shooting themselves in the foot bc people will just go to other $199 phones instead like HTC One/iphone

  • http://www.facebook.com/kris.kane.161 Kris Kane

    Pass.

  • Jones

    Overpriced , what happened to phone prices being 99 or 199, yeah y’all can have it.

  • bigdny99

    Auhh Cant wait!!! Im still with the Unlimited plan with VZW so i have accepted I will be one phone model behind the world until I switch to another carrier. With that the supply of Note 2 and GIII will pile up with everyone upgrading and I will steal one of them quickly!! lets go folks..Make my day!

  • hkklife

    Finally!! It’s 2013, NAND is dirt-cheap, and days plans are capped, throttled, and tiered. The sooner we see all of these gimped 4,8, and 16Gb storage phones EOL’d, the better! Any phone with a camera, SoC and screen like the S4 needs to have the internal storage to match. Or, better yet, let ‘em release a cut-down 16Gb version this fall for back to school or BF specials (like VZW did with the GNex). But right out of the gate it’s best to target early adoptrers and power users with a 32Gb model. Hopefully Samsung learned their lesson after the 16Gb Note 2 debacle.

    • Dan

      debacle? what debacle? my 16gb Note 2 is awesome! put all my music on an SD card and 16gb is plenty for my needs.

  • duke69111

    I’m fine with them starting with the 32gb and not the 16.

    • Tech Pro

      Hello Wheat Shocker.

      • duke69111

        Hello. Go Shox!

  • ddevito

    SD cards on phones still make me chuckle a little.

  • athensjohn

    or $99 from T-Mobile with no contract (except paying off the phone). I have to admit I’m rooting for T-Mobile with their separate phone and contract pricing.

    • Bigsike

      This may be T-mobiles best selling phone ever.

      • DiegoKokomo

        I am strongly considering making the switch. I have the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon (not unlimited data) and for some reason my contract is already up despite not being eligible for an upgrade until August. Use the GS4 until the X-Phone comes out? Umm, yes please.

  • eli

    wonder what full retail would be… i was gonna sell my dna and buy the s4 at full price….

  • Dain Laguna

    key words:’SOMEWHAT indicates’. the s4 very well may start out at 249 for the 16 gig model. personally i dont feel like its a huge deal given that it has an sd card slot…but that does make it kinda pricey if it is in fact only 16 gigs compared to other flagships.

  • chris125

    So Verizon is gonna be $299 on contract then

    • JetBlue

      Gotta pay extra for the locked bootloader and strategically placed Verizon logos

      • chris125

        The s3 only had it on the back so hopefully this is the same.

        • JetBlue

          Note 2 had it on the home button so I wouldn’t doubt the S4 has it on the home button too

          • chris125

            Yeah but the note 2 was larger and a more niche device unlike the s3/4

          • zepfloyd

            Note has a bigger home button than the S3/4. Probably not.

          • Richard Yarrell

            Thank god we on tmobile don’t have to worry about that childish branding.

          • squiddy20

            Yep. I don’t see any “childish branding” here on the S3… Idiot.

      • Austin Warren

        Woth Samsung being as big as apple, doubt it.

    • Big_EZ

      Not to mention it’ll only be the 16gb model.

    • Carl

      exactly why I am keep my note 2 for as long as possible.

  • Visual360

    $249? LOL. Crazy.

    • JetBlue

      If you read this could be the 32GB option and not the 16GB

    • Phil Onyschuk

      What is so crazy, what is maybe the best phone on the planet costs $250?

      • Jimneezy

        whats crazy is that you’re paying $250 for a phone on contract when you can get this same phone for $100 on T-mobile with no contract and a cheaper monthly plan, so yes it does sound crazy

        • Tim242

          It may be only $100 up front, but you still have to make a monthly payment.

          • Jimneezy

            And even so its still cheaper

          • Tim242

            But it’s still on T-Mobile…

          • Austin Warren

            Can upgrade whenever you want, cheaper retail price, I’ll take it. T mobiles coverage in my area is 4G all throughout. So I’m not worried.

          • Tim242

            You may upgrade anytime, but you’ll still be paying for two phones. Yeah, that makes sense. I bet you don’t have “4G” coverage in buildings.

          • Austin Warren

            That’s just like anyone buying full price to save unlimited. Except I get $100 off. Actually, my friends do. Every where they go. Plus I don’t use my phone in class so that’s not bothersome. Plus I have wifi at home that I’m always connected to.

          • Tim242

            As long as you’re happy and satisfied, that’s all that matters : )

          • Richard Yarrell

            Making that monthly payment on tmobile is better than anywhere else.

        • Nagini

          Cheaper monthly plan? No not really.

  • Tirionfive

    Hey, I have no problem paying an extra $50 for 32GB. Not to mention, by the time I am ready to upgrade, it will be probably $100 on Amazon Wireless.

    • hkklife

      Yup, I paid $250 for my 32Gb S3 on VZW last June and I thank myself for doing so every single day.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeremygross60 Jeremy Gross

        whats the diffrence when you have sd card slot

        • C-Law

          I like having everything on internal memory and not having to mess with managing apps and other things between internal and SD card. The gnex made me lazy