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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Cruises Through FCC, Wonder When They’ll Acknowledge It?

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After Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 back on March 14, we heard comments almost immediately from AT&T and T-Mobile, since both plan to carry the device. T-Mobile has said that they plan to have the device available by May 1, while AT&T and US Cellular will kick off pre-orders on April 16. But one carrier in particular who has remained silent on the matter, is Verizon. For whatever reason, they didn’t acknowledge the device, haven’t mentioned a pre-order, and for the most part, have been silent outside of a Tweet here or there from their Twitter accounts. It’s sort of odd. This is the biggest Android phone of the year after all. You can’t tell me that if Apple stood on stage and announced the iPhone 5S, that Big Red wouldn’t have an entire landing page and pre-order site setup and live before Tim Cook could even exit the stage.

None the less, their variant of the Galaxy S4 cruised through the FCC today under model number SCH-I545. There isn’t anything new in the filing, but it does list out LTE at both 700MHz and AWS frequencies, CDMA, and some global HSPA bands, leading us to believe that it will be global-ready.

And that’s about it. The only rumored date to cross our inbox is May 23, a full month after the rest of the carriers are expected to at least begin selling it.

Via:  FCC | Engadget

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  • Jart

    I just spoke to an Verizon executive person on the phone and he claimed to know nothing of the release he sad once they know they will release to info to the media for the public….ridiculous, obviously they know something and just don’t wanna say maybe apple paid then off to delay the release of the s4 haha all I know is it if Verizon doesn’t release the phone when everyone else does I’m goin to at&t

  • LionStone

    “This is the biggest Android phone of the year after all.”
    It sure doesn’t seem so, all the media is buzzing about the HTC One…I can understand why.

    • Tim242

      Whatever dude. The GS4 will crush the One. The media buzz about the one has mostly been negative…about the delay, and the awful camera.

      • LionStone

        Did you just ‘whatever’ me!? Hehe… Fret not my friend, all great phones have delays and the camera will be great, as usual! 🙂

  • jnt

    Kellen, or whomever, is there a “typical” timeframe between FCC approval sightings and release, historically?

  • flosserelli

    They are deciding where to put a larger Verizon logo, because the home button isn’t large and obnoxious enough.

    • Tim242

      That is so old. It’s not funny.

      • jboogie1289

        +100 for that!!

    • tomn1ce

      they are going to make a wallpaper that is visible no matter what you’re doing on the phone. It will be visible even when the screen is off… o_0

  • cellular3

    Samsung in only releasing the S4 so they can undercut the competition with SIII pricing. I’m sure V will mirror what the other carriers are doing with the SIII so it doesn’t really matter when or even if they are carrying the S4.

  • is there no NFC? Or is that still in the battery?

  • Resident_Psycho

    Verizon just announced the Galaxy S2….

    • Tim242

      Only the antenna is in the battery.

  • shaonian


  • RaptorOO7

    When was the last time Verizon was first at releasing any phone, ever. At least its cleared the FCC and been announced doing so before AT&T and T-Mo’s have been and AT&T are due on April 16th.

    If the mid may window is right then its better than waiting a full year like Verizon normally does on device updates which would mean July.

  • Korey Page

    Well considering that a rep (yes I know, I know) mentioned that VZW likes to take their time and release phones last so that the other carriers work out all the bugs first. Of course this makes no sense on many levels but whatever.

  • KyRuMo

    They will release theirs last, they have to lock the bootloader and sketch a Verizon logo on the home button,

    • flosserelli

      Lol I just saw your comment. Touché

  • Bionic

    X phone

    • flosserelli

      Oh please. Is “X Phone” the only comment you can make now? I think your keyboard is stuck.

      • jboogie1289

        Or he’s stuck……..or both!! Ugh!!!!

  • skinja


    What was the last smartphone VZW released?

    When was it?

    What was the last Android Smartphone from VZW?

    Any idea what is happened with VZW and they weren’t releasing phones in Q1?


    • Note 2, Droid Dna, HTC 8x, and I think they have released the blackberry z10 or at least it’s up for pre order

      • ChrisH

        Was in a Verizon store yesterday. They are still trying to push the S3 at a full $199, which makes sense to hush the S4 to the ignorant masses if doing that. But, is insulting to those who aren’t stupid.

        Other new phone they are trying to push is the Motorola Razr Maxx HD. Still full $199. Guess the Motorola Razr M didn’t work out so well. Price is dropping. Guess no one wants a 4.3″ screen.

        And yes the Blackberry Z10 is in store and they are pushing it hard. Didn’t even stop by to check it out. No thanks.

        Walk into a Verizon store, and eavesdrop on sales people talking to most customers. It is shocking how little knowledge most customers have. They lead them to whatever phones they want (are instructed to) and the people buy it.

        After 30 minutes in a store you can’t blame Verizon for getting away with whatever they can. And do people leave Verizon because another carrier comes out with the S3 (example) a month earlier? Guess not. Perhaps they don’t worry about losing month’s worth of new customers.

        Not backing Verizon, just pointing out that they are the biggest and don’t need to jump like the other carriers when a new phone comes out. I wish they would because I have an upgrade available now and the HTC DNA was nice candy but I didn’t get in the van.

        • i was just stating the last phones that Verizon released… i never understood why so many people on these tech sites hated verizon so much talking about leaving because they didnt get this or that phone, they dont seem to get the reason why so many people stay with verizon because they were the only Cell phone carrier to really invest money in their network and a reliable network is worth more to people than the new “Cool” phone thats coming out

          • ChrisH

            Yes. I just decided to comment under your post, though not everything was related to it (sorry)…
            The only reason I care so much this time (checking forums, being patient, etc) is that I didn’t get the “latest and greatest” with my last phone. And this time I do want to start my 2 year sentence with something “Cool”. But, that is frustrating with Verizon cuz that isn’t their bread and butter.
            To text, call, play some games, and watch some videos they offer lots of suitable phones. And the masses do not need or demand things like the techies do.
            And even the masses get things right sometimes. And makes VZW do what’s right. For instance the HTC DNA isn’t even being offered on their website anymore. Pulled the microSD from the same phone overseas (Butterfly J), trying to push data use with Dropbox. Didn’t work, even though this phone is remarkable (5″ 1080p display, fast, great looking).
            HTC One on Verizon, is debatable since were talking HTC. But, the Galaxy S4 whether being boasted or not will be on the network. A month or two late, probably.
            They don’t have the best phones. They don’t have the best plan prices. They don’t offer unlimited data (to me anyways). And yet, I probably won’t pull my entire family off VZW because I want the S4 or HTC One a month earlier. I think they know this somehow.

          • I think the Dna is still going to be offered, just some kind of mix up going on their site

          • ChrisH

            I thought maybe they didn’t want another Thunderbolt on their hands. The Thunderbolt II…I mean DNA…had a SIM error and was getting killed because of microSD. A Walmart leak last month showed the HTC One was to replace the DNA for stock in April. You’re probably right though and it’s a mix up. But, if not, how cool/sad if this phone that should be the best droid on market right now gets flat out yanked. Hope carriers and manufacturers are taking lessons from the DNA. Launched clean, with nothing to compete with it for 6 months. Crickets. High 5 consumers!!!

          • I never trust Walmart when they put things up like that,… Walmart pretty stupid when It comes to phones….but I do think they are trying to sell off their Motorola droid phone’s because they have been pushing them hard In the last few weeks. Maybe a new Motorola phones. Coming to Verizon in the next few months

  • disastrousrainbow

    From what I’ve been hearing Verizon’s focusing their attention as much as possible on the Third Reich, i.e. BlackBerry and Windows Phone, when it comes to marketing which could explain why they’ve stayed mum on anything S4. Make sense too, but you’re right, doubt they’d be doing this were in an iPhone.

    • Ibrick

      I’m gonna go out on a limb and say none of the carriers are going to need to do much in way of advertising when it comes to the S4.

      • ChrisH

        Yeah. And the S3 is still selling well on all carriers, right? So, what’s the business incentive to push it now? TMobile would make most sense to be first to offer pre-order, draw attention, etc. Until there are S4 commercials running (and things like BestBuy ads, etc) most people won’t know about it. When it does hit, sales of everything else in stores will plummet. Then only the $249 price (maybe $199) will keep other android devices moving. Phones moving now at $199 will need to be cut in half. So, I can see how the S4 is bad, from a current stock point of view for carriers. And it seems really soon, since S3 hasn’t been around that long (less than a year, right?). Trying to say that I think Samsung wants this out more than the carriers do right now. And maybe we experiencing that through lack of buzz.

  • skinja

    It seems like carriers and Samsung would be rushing to release this as soon as possible. Shouldn’t carriers want to be the first to carry this phone? Not the last

  • Drummer62

    1300 mA battery?? Does that not seem sort of small?

    • Austin Warren

      1300 ma isn’t the battery.

    • Milliamps is current, not capacity. That would be mAh.

      • Drummer62

        my bad, thanks for clearing that up!

      • J Davis

        Thanks for sharing. Now we’re all a little smarter.

      • jsf6262

        Why is energy always measured in such weird units for stuff like this? A Watt hour is just 3600 joules, why don’t they just use joules? It’s not like people have great intuition about energy units anyway.

        • Obvious Sarcasm

          If they used joules then they would have to put 34632 joules instead of 2600mAh or 2.6Ah or 9.62Wh in this case.

          • jsf6262

            Or use kJ.

  • Bumpity Bump

    XPhone will be the biggest phone. I’ve forced my parents, siblings and in laws to all let their contracts lapse in order to wait for it. Except my sister, she’s dazzled by apple’s marketing bull$#!t. S4 is nice, but is really just a minor bumpity bump of the S3.

    Bionic, threaten Sarge and give us another XPhone leaknugget!

    • Austin Warren

      Thanks for the irrelevant post.

    • Bionic

      Edge to Edge display with a total of .5 inch of bezel on the top/bottom.

      That is your nugget of the day, per sarge.

      • JetBlue

        Front facing speakers or no?

        • Bionic

          Not sure on that. My guess would be no but nit sure.

      • tomn1ce

        those will be huge bezels at .5″ the bottom bezel of the G-Nexus is a bit smaller then .5″

        • Bionic

          You misunderstood. A TOTAL. 5 inches for top and bottom combined.

          • tomn1ce

            That sounds better, hopefully its true. Hopefully they use that space for front facing speaker/s

    • Richard Yarrell

      You sound so lost and uninformed I sure hope people who purchase Xphone aren’t like you.

      • squiddy20

        This coming from the “uninformed” idiot who “knew” the US version of the S4 would have a flexible display, the Exynos 5 Octa, wireless charging, and “a pad” on the device to measure blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Yeah, you’re realllllly “informed” all right…

        • joseph pastor

          lol, I laugh everytime I see his posts and your comments thereafter.

          • vzwuser76

            Yeah, did Richard kick squiddy’s dog or something?

  • EvanTheGamer

    Verizon will acknowledge the SGS4 when it can print money and make bacon.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Samsung needs to STOP acknowledging Verizon just like Google did for it’s Nexus brand.

      • squiddy20

        How sad that you don’t understand hyperbole/sarcasm. 4th graders would have understood this…

  • Austin Warren

    Surprised there isn’t a spot that says logo.

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  • chris125

    Well the s3 came a month after the other carriers

  • J Davis

    With Verizon last is the new first..

    • Kane Stapler

      They have mentioned that Verizon hasnt acknowledged the GS4 but they did tweet about it? I don’t know why that doesnt count.



      • Austin Warren

        Verizon doesn’t know how to hash tag

      • nightscout13

        BURN! LOL

      • michael arazan

        I am on verizon, and I have never looked at their tweets and could care less. Most people will look at their website to see if the phone is in the list of devices being sold. By not showing that it is coming soon is doing Samsung a disservice and I’m shocked Samsung would let them do this for the potential sales they could lose by people buying another device thinking verizon won’t be selling it anytime soon. But not to much too worry since the only other good phone that competes against the S4 is the new htc one, which won’t be on verizon because the are effing morons who’s execs only care about money and nothing else like the customers satisfaction

        • jseah114

          They (Verizon) are probably afraid that if they announce it, then it will cannibalize sales from the HTC DNA.

          • RaptorOO7

            HTC DNA is no longer on their site for sale, so if that was the case it no longer is. They want to sell GS3’s as long as they can. It boggles the mind why anyone would buy a GS3 knowing the GS4 is maybe a month or two out and its a better phone in a similar body.

            I’m passed the need for a new phone design year over year on a device series like the Galaxy S line. If Apple can get away with micro updates and fans drool then why not Samsung.

          • Jack

            The DNA is on their site still and it doesn’t look like it’s going away. I don’t know what you’re talking about. Check the date on this recent screen shot I took.

        • JD

          Yea, after convincing Samsung to put a VZW logo on the home button of the Note 2, you would think Verizon would be backing them more here… Not surprised though.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Same bat time same bat channel. They need all the time in the world to strip out features. Place their disabling bloatware and pissy wifi notification in the pull down menu. Oh yeah they need to gimp the multi Window feature and place their childish branding on the front and back of the device. Anything to make their pitiful Droid brand more sellable. Piss on Verizon.

      • squiddy20

        If they need “all the time in the world to strip out features”, then what time is left to “place their disabling bloatware (which can be disabled in any Android device running 4.0+, idiot) and pissy wifi notification”? How stupid are you?

        “Same bat time same bat channel.” WTF does this even MEAN???? Can you formulate one coherent thought, ever?

        • vzwiser76

          I believe that they needed “all the time in the world” to strip out the features AND add bloat and gimp the multiwindow. That’s what he was going for.

          As far as the same bat time saying, that is areference to the Batman tv show from the 60s starring Adam West. Before you go off insulting people, maybe make sure that you’re actually on the high ground (sorry if that reference alludes you as well).

          It’s not like Verizon isn’t known for gimping their phones more than any other carrier. They remove features and change the name and call it an exclusive. When in point of fact all they’re doing is making them harder to update and when customers find out that their phone can’t do what their friends’ can, even though it’s essentially the sake phone, they get ticked. Look at the original Galaxy S US launch for proof of carriers screwing up a phone launch. Each carrier had their own version each with different features and name. It was a cf from the word go.

  • Christopher Moch

    You just know they need time to lock it down and add their logo feces to the home button. They might have the largest/best network but acting like a spoiled brat and ignoring the years hottest device will get you a one way ticket to Cingular’s fate. It has nothing to do with their testing standards and everything to do with what Apple wants.

    • dj

      So they will be bought by verizon?

  • tyguy829

    Maybe they aren’t sure what they are going to call it or what it will look like yet. #VerizonProblems?

  • WhiteWolf

    As usual Verizon is the last to get the new technology.