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Samsung Galaxy S4 Now Available From Verizon

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is officially available from Verizon as of today both online and in stores. Almost a month after every other major carrier in the U.S. first placed this year’s flagship from Samsung on their store shelves, Big Red has joined in on the fun. For $199 and a new 2-year contract, the 16GB version can be yours in either white or black. Actually, the 16GB version is the only version Verizon is even selling, but keep in mind that the phone has a microSD card slot that supports 64GB cards, so you should have no issues with storage. 

In our Galaxy S4 review, we had very few negative things to say about it. The device is a solid jump from the Galaxy S3 with its 5″ FHD Super AMOLED display, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, and 13MP camera. It also runs the latest version of Android (4.2.2), something no other phone can currently say outside of a Nexus device from Google. The phone feels phenomenal in hand, at least in terms of size and bang for the buck. It may not be an all-aluminum “zero-gap” housing like on the HTC One, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

If you ordered one or are stopping by a Verizon shop to pick one up, be sure to tell us your initial reactions in the comments.

Via:  Verizon

  • http://www.friv3.co/ friv 3

    An intelligent products that I like.

  • Fureyrox

    I traded in my iPhone 5 for this beast, and within 12 hours, I was knocking on Best Buy’s door to get my 5 back. Why? The battery life is HORRENDOUS on this thing, compared to my iPhone 5, with all of the new bells and whistles disabled, as well as power saver mode on I can’t see the screen outside. That matters to me, because I use it for navigation in my car. Another reason I came to my senses, and fast, is that once I got over drooling over the gorgeous screen, and I do mean BEAUTIFUL, I realized that it had no wifi toggle on the quick notification settings, as well as how awful Verizon’s bloat ware is. I know I’m probably in the minority, (I’m a 40 year old soccer mom) but I’ve been a droid lover since my Eris so long ago. I think I’m “over” wanting a live wallpaper on my screen, and I’m on the go a lot, so charging/ swapping out the battery annoys me. The 5 keeps it simple for me with terrific battery life, but most importantly, the call sound quality compared to the s4 is a deal breaker. Really disappointed in the s4s speaker and mic. sure, it does a LOT, but I need my PHONE, I already have a tablet. If my phone makes bad sounding phone calls, what’s the point??

  • ericks17

    What is the cheapest way I can get the s4 on vzw, while still keeping my unlimited data?

  • Jeff H

    Only a month late and a pathetic 16GB… let me just dump my unlimited data for a plastic phone. Yet again… PASS.

  • smokinace

    Is anybody missing the ability to circle the home page and samsung apps

  • smokinace

    Anybody missing the ability to circle the home page and Samsung apps

  • Jorian Wulf

    Im so happy that trick to keep unlimited still works!!
    We got 2 S4’s and both are still unlimited.

    • ericks17

      how did u buy yourd?

      • ericks17

        correction: how did u end up buying it while keeping your unlimited data

      • Jorian Wulf

        We preordered them online and bought a 2GB plan on the BASIC PHONES. Then activated them, and removed the 2GB. All on the BASIC PHONE.
        Then get a second sim and activate it on your current unlimited data plan.

        • Jorian Wulf

          You can search “android central keep verizon unlimited”.
          Click on the [instruction]

  • http://www.facebook.com/branden.jew Branden Jew

    Costco billed my account today for the Verizon Galaxy S4. Free shipping and lower taxes. Don’t buy from Verizon directly or you will get ripped off. Can’t wait until it arrives!

  • DaManfittyGrand

    I want to sell my Galaxy Nexus….Anyone know the best way to do it???

  • Chris

    Got mine today. Carbon Fiber replacement battery cover + Spigen GlastR Tempered Glass + VZW network = beast mode. Loving it.

  • mightyjohn

    Will it allow for app2sd? If not the card is micro sd card is not very useful. I constantly have to manage apps on the GN2 and i dont want to deal with that anymore.

  • Tim242

    FYI: Don’t forget to remove the plastic around the sides and on the camera lens.

    • Onebadsarge

      Thanks a million. I was wondering why I could not access the flash selector in the camera app. Once I took the plastic off the lens it activated the flash. I owe you a drink. lol

  • http://twitter.com/kejar31 Justin Rogers

    I think I will stick with the Note 2 :P maybe after the AOSP is worked out I will re-evaluate.

  • Tim242

    Got my white S4 today at Verizon, on the installment plan. Beautiful device!

  • http://www.facebook.com/druzzedat21 Fabian Moreno

    Having expandable memory is great, but you can’t move much, if anything at all, to the SD card once it has been downloaded to the device. I pretty much had to add my music library to the SD card via Android File Transfer. This sucks as I love how Google Music syncs my iTunes music library automatically. :/

  • SkylaC90

    waiting on the 32gb Version with some crazy color name to go with it. orange kush maybe?

    • slik101

      Purple Kush is more like it

  • Jim

    Anyone experience their S4 getting overheated? My S4 seem to get hot when I use it and charge it….

    • http://www.facebook.com/druzzedat21 Fabian Moreno

      Yes, when I use it, but not when charging.

    • KleenDroid

      I’ve been using mine for a few hours now and have had no overheating at all.

  • Psytrooper

    Anybody have a recommendation for a good deal on a sdxc card? Would love to finally stop carrying around my huge old 120gb ipod (yes yes cloud streaming etc but trying to keep a limit on data usage).

  • gohan2021

    Hey Folks I need help! I just got my VZW S4 yesterday and after spending
    over an hour on the phone with VZW and Samsung I was told that the VZW
    model of the S4 does NOT have the WiFi icon in the notification panel
    unlike the S4 for ATT and Sprint. Is this true or is my unit defective? I
    can get onto wifi just fine. I just can’t see the quick toggle icon. We
    tried everything I can think of over the phone with both reps.

    • Tim242

      Verizon has the persistent notification instead.

      • gohan2021

        Can you use that to turn it on and off? That was my next question that ongoing notification is sooooo annoying!! I don’t get why the messed around with a good thing!

        • gohan2021

          oops wrong screen shot! I meant to include one that says
          “Ongoing-Wifi”

          • Tim242

            You can only get rid of it and regain the toggle if you root and install a zip.

          • Onebadsarge

            I have the TMO version and it has the WiFi toggle up top. Why Verizon chose to eliminate on their version is beyond me. Other options are add a widget on your home-screen or download a WiFi widget app from Google Play. Silly Verizon!

  • Jonas McKee

    anyone know if best buy or costco has it today?

  • Gabbyii

    When are the 32/64 GB versions coming out? :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/branden.jew Branden Jew

      From Verizon; never.

  • BGRUGGER

    I need help finding the cheapest FULL RETAIL price! So far, walmart has it for $699. any luck anywhere else, please post!!

    • chris125

      Vzw is $649 prob will be cheapest

      • BGRUGGER

        i should have explained better: i want to buy it from Best Buy to get 18mos and no finance charge. They will price match any store BUT vzw retail store.

    • dragonflyr

      Hanging onto unlimited data? Let us know what you finally get it for.

      • Tim242

        With tax and finance, $730. You have to pay first month and taxes up front, which is $111

      • BGRUGGER

        Best buy honored vzw $650 and their insurance plan (bb) is total coverage with no deductible!

  • CNOLA85

    Does Foxfi/PDA Net work on this phone?

    • Chris

      yep

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    Does anyone know where I can get a home button cover with the verizon logo on it?

  • tisha

    Any overheating issues or battery drain like the other networks are having?

  • Johnny Volare

    If the ROM community takes off on Verizon for this thing, it’s probably my next phone. (Especially a mintyfresh as-close-to-stock-as-possible ROM)

  • PleasureP

    GNex > GS4

  • themike

    Mine was delivered this morning – as an S3 user I must admit this phone is a pleasant upgrade. I didn’t think the differences would be as noticable switching from one device to the next, but it is (for me at least!).

  • Damian

    Verizon finally gets a good phone on their network for the first time this year…

  • zaggs

    “It may not be an all-aluminum “zero-gap” housing like on the HTC One”

    I love this is the #1 complaint about the S4. If given the option, I’ll take a SD card slot over a fancier body design every day of the week and 5 times on Sunday.

    • CntryGyNSD

      I agree. I actually like the design of the phone (guess I’m the minority) but I think the black case looks really nice and LOVE the replaceable battery and expandable memory!

  • Stewie

    When a custom ROM is available and one can ditch TW, then I may be interested.

    • Timothy Sternig

      What’s the big beef with TW nowadays? I kind of like the functionality it brings to the phone. It has some cool features IMO and if TW does make the phone run a little slower you’ll never notice it on a beast like the GS4. Isn’t that the reason people hate TW? Because they believe the UI overlay makes the phone run a little slower or whatever? Or is that a wrong assumption on my part?

      I currently have a GS3 and run it stock with TW and don’t mind it at all. I actually prefer it over a custom ROM because all the custom ROMs for the GS3 pretty much suck. They all had some kind of bugs that just make the user experience disappointing and frustrating. I found one or two ROMs that were good, but most of them were just garbage. Camera force closing and freezing, echos on voice calls, speaker phone not working, bluetooth not working, etc. It’s like a job trying to even find a decent ROM. Spending all that time reading through 100 pages of posts on what to do to flash it correctly and how to fix bugs, waiting for the updates to the ROM and flashing it over again, etc. To me, custom ROMs weren’t worth the hassle for the GS3. They were a lot more frustrating to deal with than the stock TW.

      • Alex

        It does make my phone lag a little

        • Timothy Sternig

          Yeah it does lag a little but it’s not a frustrating lag. My point is that TW is a lot less frustrating than dealing with a custom ROM and it’s bugs.With a custom ROM the phone does run a little snappier but what difference does that make when normal things on it don’t work like they’re supposed to? The phone is smoother but I hear echos in my voice calls, ya know? lulz

          Custom ROMs aren’t like they used to be. You have everyone and their Mom porting and hacking them over for whatever phone and they’re just not worth the hassle to me.

          Besides, why do you need a custom ROM on a phone that has the latest version of Android for anyways?

      • dgarra

        It’s ugly. Otherwise it’s functional enough. There is some mild lag with it but nothing bad, the phone is fine with a replacement launcher.

        • Timothy Sternig

          Ya know, when I first got my S3 and was setting it up I had the option between TW or Launcher Pro. It was an option that the phone gave me. Later on, when I updated it to a newer version the option to chose between the two was no longer available anymore. I wonder what happened…

  • Corey Foltman

    If only it accepted a 1TB microSD…

    • zaggs

      1st world problem

      • CntryGyNSD

        Right??! I do believe 64 gb should be enough for most!

        • Edward Smith

          No one should ever need more than 640K of RAM.

  • Igotgame

    Can anyone chime if and let me know if PDANET+ works for Wifi Tethering to a laptop/pc?

    • Psytrooper

      Quick test (PDANET/Foxfi) seemed to work fine, just using free version so no idea if there are more features that Samsung/VZW broke.

  • coolsilver

    Seems like either way I need to decide. Keep Verizon or Ditch them for T-Mobile. Either way I’ll be buying a Google Edition GS4 full retail or GS4 on Verizon full retail. Only thing I worry about is the ETF on my tablet if I drop Verizon which is nice when storm spotting.

  • http://twitter.com/AMiller31 A.Miller

    I would like to buy this… but I can’t handle Samsung’s skin. I have to have stock (or very close) Android. Of course, the downside to that with respect to the GS4 is you lose some of the cool, gimmicky features.

    • Brian P.

      Too bad the Nexus Experience S4 isn’t available as in CDMA / Verizon variant. However, you can always hack and Flash stock Android. The benfit there is you can have a choice of stock or touchwiz. Also, if rooting isn’t a desired path ,you can install Nova Launcher and get the look of stock android.

    • KleenDroid

      I was used to my Nexus but when I put Nova launcher on my 4 it is just fine. Actually so far I like many of the extra features.

      Give it a try.

  • CKellogg

    mine came yesterday! Big step up from the Droid 3

    • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

      D3 was such a terrible phone!

  • Brian P.

    After yesterday’s lack of HTC One announcement, looks like GS4 will be my next phone. This “Big Event” was the only reason I didn’t go ahead and preorder. The whole time I was thinking, I was so glad for waiting.

  • ßen Murphy

    My contract was up 2 days ago. Just to confirm, if I go the Device Payment route, it’s not the same as signing a 2 year deal? I can still switch carriers as long as I pay the phone off?

    • Ian

      Correct

    • KleenDroid

      Correct, I purchased 2 of them earlier and still have unlimited and no contract.

      enjoy!

  • Charlie

    Overall I really like it so far. The battery life is much better than my GNex. The app drawer and notification shade can be a little choppy, but otherwise it’s very smooth and fast. Unfortunately VZW stripped some features out like the Wi-Fi toggle and Blocking Mode, but made sure to add their bloatware.

  • sc0rch3d

    i can’t wait until this comes to viva movil!!!

    • Mort
      • sc0rch3d

        *virtual hi5*

        you sir, win 3.14 internets today b/c of your irrationality

        • Sirx

          Not so fast! They won’t sell it to you unless you produce three different forms of proof that you are at least three-eighths Hispanic :-(

          • sc0rch3d

            Si.
            No.
            Como Estas.

            “tengo un gato en mis pantalones” – from Blue Streak

  • http://www.bfolkers.com Brian Folkers

    Also available on Amazon for 179.99 (Verizon version) Sweet deal!

    • ColoradoXJ13

      2-4 weeks for black version.

  • schoat333

    If it gets CM, I’ll say bye bye to this iPhone.

  • zaggs

    Or to some of us it was available yesterday. Outside of a bad SIM, liking it so far. I think I’ll eventually learn to stop pressing the top to turn it off……right?

    • joe

      hahaha i still do,

    • Jorian Wulf

      Lol, me too.

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Payaso

    Preordered from wirefly, havent heard anything yet :(

  • Joe

    Ive had mine since tuesday… got a 64 gig card… LOVE IT so far