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Amazon Selling Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon for $179 for New Customers and Upgrades

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon will finally arrive in stores tomorrow, but if you were looking to beat Big Red’s $199 on-contract price, Amazon is almost always a great place to look. And sure enough, Amazon is already offering the device for $179.99 with 2-year contract for both new customers and upgrades. In the past, we have seen Amazon only offer early discounts to new customers while leaving out upgrades, but that doesn’t appear to be the case this time around. So if you had your sights set on the GS4 (our review), think about this deal.

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Cheers Jason!

  • Brian Zook

    PSA: You can’t use a gift card to buy from Amazon Wireless on a contract.

    I just used a bunch of points for gift cards to find out they require a credit/debit card. Called and basically was told I can use it for another purchase.

  • dan

    has there always been an upgrade fee for verizon? when I tried to order through amazon it stated that there would be a $30 upgrade fee.
    Anyone know anything about this, or whether there’s the same fee if I got a phone upgrade through verizon or walmart?

  • Strummy

    Amazon showing an Estimated delivery date of June 19, 2013.

  • Smash The Glass

    $179 WTF?! Here in the UK we get the phone for free! £35 per month, unlimited calls, unlimited texts, unlimited data.

  • UncleBert

    $159 at Newegg.

    • UncleBert

      Also free overnight shipping (Amazon is 2-day) at Newegg.

  • UncleBert

    Although this phone says Prime, there is no way to upgrade to overnight.

  • BTLS

    Soooo, there’s no super secret way to upgrade and still keep vzw unlimited data, is there??

    • Alfonso Haskins

      Yes add a line stick a demo ESN on it like a basic phone, or upgrade another line on your account then move the new phone over to the correct line on myverizon. Do not let the rep in the store do an alternate upgrade u will loose your unless data. Hope this helps!

      • BTLS


    • Jim Reiss

      What??? Yes there is!!! If youre in a family plan, then upgrade one of the other lines and transfer new phone to your line, this will keep unlimited data.

      If you still have unlimited data, add a line with S4, transfer to your line, add dumb phone to new line, which will then end data plan for that line, no fees added on if you downgrade. Wala, two ways to keep unlimited.

      • BTLS

        Niiice, thanks dude!

    • REN3GADE
  • ColoradoXJ13

    When buying through Amazon or Newegg, does the phone come with a SIM card, or will I need to purchase one later?

  • Costco still has the best deal. Free accessories and lower taxes.

  • pbwarrior

    Hm…. well, so far from what I’ve seen here, it looks like Walmart Wireless acutally has the best price on contract. $168 with a commitment. Doesn’t matter if it’s Upgrade or New. That is Without Any Rebates. Only problem might be availability. And if you don’t believe me, look at the photo… since I took it before closing. 🙂

    • Is that in store?

      • pbwarrior

        Yes, that is in store.

  • Jared Krinsky

    Well that stinks since mine is just waiting in the Verizon store since about noon yesterday. They refused to give it to me until 10 AM today. (,-.-),

  • Chris

    I don’t really know where else to post this. I have a serious question for anyone that is willing to help.

    I have been with HTC ever since I got my first smartphone. I have Verizon. I had the original Droid Incredible, then the Thunderbolt, and now the Rezound. I also bought a white EVO 4G LTE as a media device. I’m really stuck right now. I was hoping Verizon would announce the HTC One at their CTIA or whatever event today.

    I’m starting to lean towards the GS4. It’s got a 5 inch 1080p screen (I vowed for my next phone to be at least 4.7-5″ screen size) and the best of the best specs. It doesn’t have those front facing speakers, but I have no clue if anything HTC is even coming out on Verizon anytime soon. Should I get the S4 now, while I can? Or should I wait a month?

    P.S. I only really have until the end of June to make a choice, I am moving out of state so yeah.

    Thanks in advance!

    • gokusimpson

      Couldn’t you purchase the phone in another state? Or are you (like me) using your parents to pay for it? =)

      I’m kinda in the same boat with the upgrades. I like Motorola and HTC devices and am not a fan of Samsung’s design or materials, but damn it I need a new phone. I’m about 80% towards biting the bullet and getting the S4.

      If I were you, I would definitely wait until the end of June. You never know what’s coming and the Rezound isn’t THAT old.

      • Chris

        Sort of. I’m going to be using my Grandma’s upgrade to get me the phone, so I don’t lose unlimited, lol. So that’s why I need to do it before I leave!

        That’s true. I don’t really know. I kind of want to get something new now. I was watching S4 videos last night and I started to like it a lot. But I also feel if I don’t wait until June, I may regret it if something comes out. But if nothing comes out, I might regret waiting, you know?

        I might just try to get the S4 ASAP. Not really sure.

        Thanks for the help man

    • As with most of these types of questions, it depends on what is most important to you in a smartphone. You could prefer LCD’s to amoleds or vice versa. You may not care if your phone comes with removable battery or SD card support. You may want premium build quality coming from HTC or not really care. Great battery life or average/decent. Soft keys or capacitive keys. In terms of the OS do you want style, substance, or stock?

      But if you honestly HAVE to either buy or not buy by the end of the month, then get a GS4.

      • Chris

        That’s why it’s tough. I love the build quality of the HTC One, and the S4 isn’t bad at all. But I like the LCD vs. Amoled, and I also hate that physical home button. But, the power button on the side is nice, since I hold my phone on the side. And I would love to have Boomsound on a phone. I also want good battery life, and supposedly the S4 gets a little better life than the HTC One. Also, I could get a slightly larger battery for the S4 if I wanted to. And I also recently purchased a 32 GB SD card, so that would go to waste if I waited for HTC.

        They both have pros and cons for me, but I’m so ready to upgarde, and the S4 has some awesome features. I’m thinking I might get the S4 over the weekend if possible, and then just get used to it.

        Thank you!!

        • Then S4 up! And let me know what you think because i’m in nearly the exact same boat as you lol

          • Chris

            Haha will do. I am gonna try and see if I can get it tomorrow, and I’ll play around with it and tell you what I think!

          • Chris

            I’ve played with it for about two days now. If you really want to upgrade now (like me), I say go for it. TouchWiz takes some getting used to, but it’s not too bad, It’s got some really neat features. The screen is amazing. The phone is super thin, and really good looking and feels great. It’s smaller than the S3 but it’s got a bigger screen, which is awesome. The front and back camera are also really good. It has literally no lag, and it’s great to finally have the newest version of Android.

            You could always go to the Verizon store and play around for a bit. P.S. If you get it, go into Settings>My Device>Screen Mode>Professional photo.
            That mode isn’t as washed out as the default screen setting.

            But I really like it so far. If you want, I can show you the case I bought (waiting for it to come on Tuesday). And I bought a tempered glass screen protector 😀

          • Dude you are awesome!! My two biggest worries were the design (I could handle the slight ugliness as long as it felt great in hand) and reports from reviewers that it lagged in weird places (gallery crashes, settings menu lag, etc)

            But I think this about clinches it. Again thanks so much and I hope you’re really happy with yours 😀

          • Chris

            Yeah I really do enjoy it. I just finished installing all my apps. I now have over 100 apps and games, including 3 2 GB games, and it hasn’t lagged at all, nor has it slowed down since then.

            And honestly, I didn’t care for the design too much when I saw reviews, but now that I own it, I think it’s really nice looking. And it feels great in the hand and really is super thin. But yeah I have had no lag in gallery or settings menu, nor have I had any apps crash.

            P.S. Dungeon Defenders runs on the highest setting with no lag and it looks AWESOME 😀

            No problem, and yeah it’s an awesome phone. Let me know if you get it!!

  • Artune

    Damn, my contract isn’t up until August I hope they keep these sales going through the summer.

  • kaptain

    179.99 but probably have to pay 20 for the new SIM card. Same deal as wirefly.

    • braymeck

      amazon includes the sim card

  • David Cohen

    wirefly is same price but no sales tax for those of you in CA

  • DMurph
    • yungqb7

      They better fix that asap.

    • Jared Krinsky

      Might as well get it from verizon and get the $50 rebate

    • gokusimpson

      Can’t you price match at Best Buy with the Amazon price and then apply the $50 credit? That’s my plan

      • UncleBert

        Last cycle I tried to get BBY to match an online price and they wouldn’t. Might be different now.

    • Zilveari

      159.99 at Newegg

  • yungqb7

    12 more hours!

  • disqus_VxU4pPz8WQ

    If I purchase from Amazon, how do I keep my Asurion Total Equipment Coverage insurance?

    • Switch phones then take S4 to Verizon and get it. Simple.

    • steve0617

      You just do. I got a Razr Maxx HD as an upgrade last Christmas and everything on the existing account just switched over.

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    • disqus_VxU4pPz8WQ

      Steve/Tyler, thanks, I have ordered from amazon and will take in to the local Verizon store if it does not transfer. From what i have found, i have 30 days to set it up if it does not transfer automatically.

  • B T

    If you want to use the upgrade from a different line on a family plan, is that possible with Amazon?

    • No. I actually called them about that question last year.

      • B T

        Ok. Thanks, Candi!

    • MikeCiggy

      If both lines are already 4g it’s as simple as swapping sim cards.

  • KleenDroid

    I wish someone had a good deal on full price. The piggy bank will bee cracked after I buy two of these things tomorrow full retail.

    • ddevito


  • Costco will be selling it soon. You will only pay tax on your price, not the full un-subsidized cost. Savings of over $30.

    • F22

      But you can’t buy phones outright from Costco, only subsidized.

  • ChrisDG74

    $178.88 at Sam’s Club.

  • DroidCharge

    Will we be able to keep unlimited data if we’re still grandfathered into it?

    • DroidCharge

      And off contract…?

      • Blue Sun

        I’m curious about grandfathered data but I’m doubting it. Follow the link provided for pricing details. $649.99 without a service plan.

      • jstahr

        nope, it makes you pick from the new tiered data packages. BS

    • Blue Sun

      The fine print states:
      “You may be required to select a new phone, plan, and service options.”

    • Patrick Craig

      As far as I know if you buy a phone at an upgrade price you will lose unlimited data and have to switch to a tiered plan. If you buy the phone full price you can keep your unlimited data. Now is unlimited data worth an extra 500-700 bucks?

      • Zach Armstrong

        They also have that new financing option that will let you keep unlimted Data

      • Artune

        If you do the math comparing the two options keep the unlimited for 500-700 bucks and the new tiered plan. It’s cheaper for me to just buy one straight out since I used around 5-8 gigs a month but each person should do their own calculation.

        • BGRUGGER

          Use vzw’s payment plan…12mos to pay off full retail plus $24 for financing. ~50 extra a month thru verizon. BB is selling gs4 for $750…tough choice! definitely sticking with full retail tho!

      • Jordan Oliver

        I did the math on mine. I consistently use between 2 and 3 gigs per month, and It is cheaper over two years to keep my unlimited and pay full-price for the phone upfront than it is to pay $200 (or so) subsidized for the phone now and have to switch to a more than 2gig per month plan.

      • Bob Buttons

        It’s not that much if you keep your phone in great condition and resell it upon upgrading, not to mention the ability to walk away whenever since you stay out of contract.

    • ChrisDG74

      Not if you go subsidized. I’ve been thinking about it lately. I only use between 400 and 800MB a month. I’ll just go with the 2GB plan. I am NOT, however, ever going to the Share Everything crap plan. It’s cheaper for us to keep our data(8GB – 4,2,2) separate, than it is to share it.

  • Dan Roach

    Is there a longer return period through amazon?

    • steve0617

      Nope. Well, a 30 day device only return, but the same 14 day after activation from VZW.

  • DMurph

    Hmmm… wonder if Best Buy will price match? I’ve holding out to use that $50 credit for doing that early reserve thing…

  • Nick

    What about the 32gb model? I’m not interested in a 16 gig phone

  • Bionic

    Nice. Amazon also has the best prices on cases and docks.

    • feztheforeigner

      Even for the Motorola X Phone?