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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Now Launching May 23 (Updated)

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According to a Verizon PR rep, their Samsung Galaxy S4 launch has been moved up to May 23. Previously scheduled for May 30, this is exciting news for Big Red customers who were beginning to feel left out of the GS4 party. Samsung’s newest flagship is already available on every other major carrier in the U.S. Verizon doesn’t typically provide details on why their devices tend to (almost always) launch later than similar phones from other carriers, but we often attribute it to their testing procedures, which have a reputation in the industry for being slow.

We should point out that a quick browsing of Verizon’s website still shows May 30 as the ship date for orders. That could change, though.

Update:  Verizon has updated their press note for the Galaxy S4 with a mention of May 23. The device will be available both in stores and online that day.

Via:  @VZWKen | Verizon

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  • How do you pre-order for in store pick up on the 23? Verizon rep in Omaha.NE says he knew nothing about the 23 release date.

  • pricilla

    So if we pre order the phone is it more likely that we will get it earlier?

  • Artune

    Where the heck is my Vanilla android phone VZW!? My GNEX is getting old

  • sertas kozmetik
  • Costco has the best price right now and you get free accessories. Bought mine today!

    • redskins59rocs .

      I believe newegg does at $160.

  • Costco has the best price for the Verizon Galaxy S4. It’s $228 as an upgrade after taxes and you get free accessories. Ordered mine and it will be here by the 23rd, maybe earlier.

  • mdav07

    I’ve upgraded 4 of my 4 lines on my account in the past 2 years. my last one was my DNA that I upgraded in February I still have my unlimited data. Just upgrade an activate it on another line of yours. Its worked for me the past hasn’t changed since my old droid eris still have the unlimited data

  • Doug L

    Best news ever!

  • mcdonsco

    Hmmm…back or white?

  • eli

    Anybody want to buy a droid dna, perfect condition. i want this gs4

  • every rep i have contacted have still said my pre order will not ship until the 30th! 2 online reps and 3 customer service phone reps…are they all misinformed?

  • Jeff

    Will Best Buy have it in stores on the 23rd?

  • Octotron

    Odds that my pre-order still comes May 30th anyway?

  • rodney11ride

    Your a sucker if you buy this on a upgrade and lose your unlimited data….

    • Most people don’t need unlimited data, in my case there is no difference whatsoever between 1GB of data and “unlimited” because both are effectively unlimited (more than I’ll ever use).

    • yungqb7

      I average ~1.5GB a month and that’s never switching to wifi at home. So yeah it’ll suck not having unlimited data but I’m not beat for pay $600+ for a phone that I can get significantly less and not have any impact on my daily internet use.

    • kg215

      I agree but that is why there is such a thing as buddy upgrade/alternate upgrade for those of us on a family plan (upgrade on a line that doesn’t need a smartphone and switch)

    • not really. My Droid X is three years old and won’t hold a charge anymore. It lags and reboots itself. Getting the S4 by next thursday.

      • RockNRollAres

        I second that. I still have my Droid X that I bought as soon as it released. The battery drains faster than I can keep up with, and I’m continually experiencing OS hiccups. I’m hoping the GS4 ships early next week so I can have it on Thursday.

        For the GS4, I calculated it out and using the upgrade would cost more over two years because I would have to go to a 5gb data plan (average 2-3 gb/mo).

        1) Unlimited data (@ $30/month * 24 months = $720) + full-price GS4 ($649) = $1369
        2) 5 GB data (@ $50/month * 24 months = $1200) + subsidized GS4 ($199 after rebate) = $1449

        It is an $80 savings over the course of two years, but I get to keep unlimited and never have to worry about overages. In a VZW world where there is no way to get unlimited back once you lose it, you can bet I’m going to do whatever I need to in order to hold on.

        • ruben

          I went from the thunderbolt to the galaxy s3 with unlimited. you have to talk to a well rounded store rep. they took care of it for me. still have unlimited

          • split

            Same here. I upgraded to the Droid Charge 2 years ago and still have unlimited.

    • redskins59rocs .

      Not really my plan had unlimited data, but with 8gb per month we saved $20 and who really uses that much unless they dont have home internet

  • wizteknet

    Figure’s Verizon releases there S4 a month after upgrading to my S3…

    • Neomastermind

      Everyone and their mother knew Verizon was getting the S4. Why didn’t you just wait?

      • 3 Verizon stores didn’t know when if they’d get S4 a week before, if at all.

  • Chris Clancy

    Wait a second, Verizon just came through EARLIER than expected??!? Obviously the end days are near.

  • Mike

    I want to want this phone…but I cant see spending $650 (I have unlimited, and plan on keeping it) for a skinned phone with no OSK option.

    • Chris Clancy

      You should check out the payment plan option recently instituted by big red. Come to the store with the first payment of $50-someodd dollars… and walk out. rest of the payments over 12 months and you can pay off at any time (which is what I intend to do when I sell my Note 2)

      • So i can keep my unlimited data this way?

        • kg215

          yes but you are still paying the full retail price of the phone in monthly payments on top of your normal monthly bill.

          • I looked at my usage online and I average 2.33gb a month over the past 18 months with a high of 3.6 and a low of 1.3. I’d rather not have to worry about approaching the limit. Might just try and find one on Craigslist. Hopefully before I go to Vegas on the 29th, I’d like to have that camera on the trip (GNex camera is just ok)

        • Chris Clancy

          Yes, I personally confirmed with VZW that you CAN retain your unlimited data by leveraging this payment plan option. This is also documented on their FAQ for the payment plan details. This is because, essentially, you are still paying full unsubsidized price for the phone… albeit spreading payments out over 12 months.

      • Frank Katz

        But you are paying that $50 a month, or whatever, ON TOP OF YOUR REGULAR PAYMENTS, aren’t you? Whereas with a $199 payment reupping for two years, you lose your unlimited data plan, but pay only $199 instead of $650. If you tend not to go much above 2 gigs a month, you can sure buy a lot of extra data for the months you run over.

        • kg215

          Yup that payment plan doesn’t help if you don’t want to pay the full 650 it just breaks up the 650 into easier payments. Not the same as T-mobile’s subsidy plan where they discount you after the phone is paid off. Of course the coverage between the two is not the same either but that is a separate issue.

        • Chris Clancy

          Its all situational. If you can keep your data under / near the 2GB cap than go for it. Personally, i use upwards of 18 – 20GB per month so that is just not an option for me.

  • Verizon launches are a joke!

    “Come see the newest phones from Verizon” (read: We now have phones you could have gotten on other carriers months ago.)

    I am getting whatever nexus Google announces at I/O. Chances it will be available on Verizon, super slim to non-existent.

  • Poll time? 😀

    • fartbubbler

      that’s what she said.

  • EvanTheGamer

    YAY! Can’t wait! I must now earn enough money from selling illegal monkeys to hungry lions so I can buy the SGS4!

  • r0lct

    I wonder if someone would trade theirs for a mint Note 2 to save the money. I’m ready for a new phone if it is free.

    • Brian P.

      You can purchase a Note 2 for $79.00 with 2 year agreement. I can’t remember where I saw this but it’s out there….possibly Amazon. What are you not happy with on the Note 2. Everyone I know loves it and is the reason I’m waiting on the Note 3!!

      • r0lct

        I like my Note 2 but I think 5″ is the sweet spot for me on screen size. Plus while I have made use of s note, i found it wasn’t as useful as I thought it would be, again for my use. The S4 being 5″ sounds like great and a larger Note 3 definitely sounds too big for me unless something about the design is radical to not make it seem 6″ big.

        To put it another way I wouldn’t actually buy another phone, the Note 2 is great. But if I can get someone to swap a S4 for my Note 2 I would probably jump at the chance.

        • Brian P.

          Yeah, I’m debating whether to go with the Note 8 and it’s added real estate to better utilize S Note combined with my existing Galaxy Nexus or just go with the Note 3. I think it will be worth the wait to see what Samsung has planned for the Note 3. They did such an awesome job on the Note 2 I can only imagine!

    • Chris Clancy

      That is EXACTLY what I am doing, bought the Note 2 for work then went and bought a 10.1 Note …. thus negating my need for a massive smartphone in my pocket. Should come close to a wash in cost. Yay

  • Shane Redman

    But when’s the Nexus4G coming………………………………………..

  • Thomas

    No 32GB yet, so no thank you.

    • EvanTheGamer

      lol…you can obviously just upgrade to a bigger micro sd card. Duh?

      • Brian P.

        Uh Duh, Some people like myself and the gentleman above, Thomas, like on board storage as well as micro SD. Some apps don’t allow the “move to SD” option and most widgets won’t work stored in that configuration. Besides, Samsung advertises this device as having the option of 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB. I want the Black, 64 GB on Verizon, so where is it?

        • Talk to verizon. Not Samsung. I swear, consumers are so stupid sometimes.

          • Brian P.

            Maybe it’s the way you INTERPRETED what I said. I meant this in regards to Verizon not offering what Samsung has made available you idiot!

          • You said “Samsung advertised it as having 64gb”.

          • rmreagle

            According to the BS Online Verizon sales rep I just talked to, it’s not up to Verizon which version Samsung releases to Verizon. According to them they didn’t even know the 32gb or 64gb version existed because Samsung hadn’t released that information to them.

            Oh and also, HtC decided not to release the One on Verizon, not Verizon passing it over so they could keep pushing the DNA.

            Dear Verizon,

            I hate you i hate you i hate you i hate you i hate you i hate you i hate you i hate you….

            What good is my unlimited data if i can’t even have the power of a consumer to get the phone I want to utilize it properly. I swear if you take away my unlimited i will bludgeon someone…

        • DanSan

          its called FolderMount. app will let u simlink any folder on the internal memory to the SD card and completely remove it from internal memory. problem solved.

          • Duh

            But this requires root, which not everyone wants to do. Not a viable option.

          • You aren’t a real android user if you don’t root.

          • Brian P.

            Fact: You aren’t really Brad Pitt just because you use his pic!

          • Thanks for stating the obvious. Have another glass of Kool-Aid.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Opinion: He could be if you truly believe.

          • DoctorPDA

            Tyler, it’s not easy to root and use custom roms as a newbie. I have looked into rooting my HTC thunderbolt in the past and there are no straightforward instructions, many of them are complex and mention warnings about bricking your device. Do you have any recommendations for an easier way? If not, should I be buying Android again or should I go to another OS?

          • EvanTheGamer

            That’s why you LEARN! Do some research. After the first time, it gets easier.

          • doctorPDA

            Thanks gentlemen. Appreciate the info. I have done a lot research in past w/ T-bolt and was close to starting the process but it was pretty complicated. I like the idea of the “one click method” or even a simpler method. What source do you suggest I read for Rooting / ROMS?? Thanks! I’ll probably get the GS4, hopefully will be able to experiment with it.

          • michael arazan

            Been watching youtube videos for rooting, helps to have a video with step by step visual instructions, wish more devs would post How To Videos to help more new people learn
            Need a dedicated channel just for rooting, surprised Google has not made one

          • bassman418

            That because it was the thunderbolt. Buy a samsung device or a nexus device and it is some what easy even for a newbie via one click methods that are created. I’ve rooted everything in my house, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note 2, HTC incredible, Motorola Droid4, Asus TF300T, Nabi2 tablet and the very last thing I rooted was my old Thunderbolt. ….. was just a pain.(well just wasnt a 1-2-3 thing)

          • Samsung is getting easier and easier these days. They have a one click method for G Note 2 where you plug in, click, wait, and boom bootloader is unlocked and you’re rooted in 20min.

          • KleenDroid

            It is not difficult to root your thunderbolt and unlock the bootloader. But you have to be able to follow simple instructions. But honestly at this point I wouldn’t bother since it is so old. Plus it just got ice cream sandwich anyway. And why would you ask about going to a different os? There is nothing more customizable than android. And it’s very easy to root and Rom.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Fact. Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

          • Identity theft is a serious crime Jim!

        • EvanTheGamer

          That’s what I want, as well; a black 64 GB SGS4. But sadly that just will never happen, at least for right now. So with that said, I’ll settle for the 16 GB SGS4 and then just buy a bigger micro sd card(max). Problem solved. Besides, having a hefty micro sd card is way better than having bigger internal memory. Easier for transport. Just what I think.

          • Zach

            I thought you were a “gamer?” A lot of quality HD games are getting upwards of 2gb in size now. Good luck doing anything with the 9gb of storage available on the 16gb S4. SD cards don’t mean much of anything now because apps can’t be moved to them.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

            Besides, I’m not one to complain about something so damn trivial, unlike some people around here. If I can ONLY get a 16 GB SGS4, I’ll just have to make do.

          • kg215

            If almost every game really is upwards of 2gb in size now, 32gb won’t be much help either. Are you saying that everyone has to have 64gb or more? You are so full of it.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Agreed. He so is.

        • thats insane…there’s no way you need 64GB onboard memory..learn how to use cloud storage.

          • And eat up your data limits? No thank you.

          • KleenDroid


      • ImmaDroid

        yea but you only get like 9GB usable, that like 3 high-end games and you’re full. Only pics and vids can be put on sd card. 16GB isnt enough nowadays

      • SD is slow, unreliable, and even with root many apps don’t work correctly. Run along now.

    • You are probably one of the people that pays the extra $300 to upgrade a comps ram.

      • disdick


      • RAM is waaaaaaaayyyy cheaper than that. So bad example bruh

        • That’s the point. People spend $300 to get 16gb when you can get that for $80.

    • Dan

      They don’t plan to have a 32gb. Go buy a bigger microsd.

      • fartbubbler

        sure they do. VZW will have a 32gb option on May 23.

        • zach

          No, they won’t.

    • Chris Clancy


  • zaggs

    “We should point out that a quick browsing of Verizon’s website still shows May 30 as the ship date for orders. That could change, though.”

    Technically it says it will ship BY the 30th. V could leave that up there, ships them the 23rd and have what is up now still be true.

    • zach wheeler

      possibly the smartest comment I’ve heard in a long time on here.

  • ALLLRIIIIIIGHT!! Got mine pre-ordered through staples since they wanted only $180 on renewal.

    • EvanTheGamer


    • rodney11ride

      and there goes your unlimited data….. 🙁

      • Using other line on the accounts upgrade which is already a capped data line. Upgrade transfer keeps my unlimited data in tact 🙂

  • DanSan

    i think i hear angels singing!

  • NickA

    Awesome, can’t wait! I was going to pick up an AT&T S4 and return it, just so I can play with it until Verizon got it. 10 days isn’t that long to wait now.

    Wonder if they will move up the release date of their version of the HTC One.

    • mcdonsco

      Already did that with T-Mobile…but I was honestly considering moving to T-Mobile to save money…when it often refused to make calls in a solid 4g area I decided to stick with Verizon.

  • tu3218

    Gahh I want one so bad. I hope my sgs3 gets some of the new updates.

  • zaggs

    Hellz yeah!

  • Dan

    I have the note 2, i’ll pass thx

  • Jonathan Bunch

    yay! for no home button logo!

    • Geoff Johnson

      They probably didn’t have a way to put the Verizon logo on the button, so now they can release it earlier than expected.

      • Doug L

        Haha lol

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