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Hey Another Exclusive, AT&T Confirms It’ll Carry Samsung Galaxy S4 Active for $199

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As expected after seeing the phone in a teaser yesterday, AT&T will “exclusively” add the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active to its growing line of smartphones. The phone will arrive on June 21 for $199 with new 2-year contract and in two colors, Urban Gray and Dive Blue (no orange!).

The Galaxy S4 Active brings together high-performance and “real-life,” according to Samsung and AT&T. What they mean is that the phone can withstand the elements, yet is just as powerful as the regular Galaxy S4. But you already know that, since we’ve written about this phone a dozen times now without having ever touched it.

The Galaxy S4 Active will be on display at Samsung’s June 20 Premiere event in London. We’ll have coverage of the device for you around that time.

Interested? Frustrated at the “exclusive” AT&T grab? 


High-Performance Meets Real-Life with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active, Exclusively from AT&T

New Water and Dust Resistant Galaxy Smartphone is Built to Withstand Whatever Life Throws Your Way

Dallas, Texas, June 13, 2013

With summer in full swing, you need a phone that can go just about anywhere and endure the demands of an active lifestyle.  To help you keep up with whatever comes your way, AT&T* and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announce the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 Active™, an evolution of the popular Galaxy S® 4 designed to withstand the hazards of everyday life.

Beginning June 21, you can pick up the Galaxy S 4 Active from any AT&T store or online for $199.99 with a two-year agreement.  For consumers who prefer to place their orders now, AT&T will begin taking pre-orders on June 14 at www.att.com/galaxys4active.  The Galaxy S 4 Active will be available in two colors: Urban Gray and Dive Blue.

The Galaxy S 4 Active runs on AT&T 4G LTE, which currently covers more than 200 million people; with plans to expand to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014.  AT&T’s 4G LTE network was called “blazing fast” in a report** by independent testing organization RootMetrics.  The report found AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivered the fastest pure LTE speeds in markets where AT&T provided 4G LTE.

“Continuing AT&T’s legacy as the first carrier to launch the Samsung Galaxy series, we’re excited to offer the next evolution of the popular Galaxy S 4.  The Galaxy S 4 Active is a high-performancesmartphone with a stylish, protective design to keep up with the demands of everyday life.  It’s truly summer-proof,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices and Developer Services, AT&T.  “With its quad-core processor and access to the nation’s largest 4G network and fastest 4G LTE network you can stay connected nearly anywhere life takes you.”

Built For Life

The Galaxy S 4 Active was designed around life.  It is IP67 certified to be water-resistant and dust-resistant, making it perfect to take on any summer vacation whether it’s camping or the beach.  It also has an Aqua Mode feature that lets you capture photos and videos underwater.  Its 5-inch FHD TFT display is made from Gorilla® Glass, which is specially built to be tougher and more scratch-resistant.  It runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and comes packed with a quad-core processor for faster, smoother gaming and apps.

But there’s more to the Galaxy S 4 Active than its sturdy, more resilient exterior.  It also includes high-performance features that let you get more done on-the-go.  The 8-megapixel camera includes multiple custom shooting modes, including Aqua Mode and Eraser Shot.  It also features enhanced low light performance to help you get the shot you want even when lighting isn’t ideal.


The Galaxy S 4 Active has an Integrated Infrared (IR) controller which acts as a TV remote control, so you can use your smartphone to control your home theater system.  When you’re on-the-go, Samsung Hub gives you access to more music, movies, books and games from multiple content sources all in one place– perfect for passing the time on summer road trips, or even while waiting in line while running errands.

Galaxy S 4 Active includes all the features that made the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 popular including:

  • Air View™: Hover your finger over photos, files, links and text for an instant preview.
  • Air Gesture™: Skip to the next song or photo, check your notifications or, if you’re driving, automatically answer a call on speakerphone just by waving your hand over your phone.
  • Eraser Shot: Remove unwanted background distractions in your photos and videos with just one touch.
  • Drama Shot: Capture a time-lapse event all in one frame.
  • Samsung Smart Pause: While watching a video, if you look away from the screen, the video will automatically pause and wait for you to return.
  • Story Album™: Create a printed book of your photos and have it delivered right to your door.


The Galaxy S 4 Active is a master multi-tasker.  Features like Multi Window let you use two apps side-by-side like a PC so you can reference your notes while writing an email or follow the game live while checking out your friends’ reactions on social media simultaneously.

This smartphone is SAFE™ (Samsung For Enterprise) to help keep your work data secure and separate from your personal content.  Whether you are in the office or on vacation, the Galaxy S 4 Active balances stylish, professional design with enhanced durability.

Additionally, the Galaxy S 4 Active features an optional Easy Mode that simplifies the home screen with larger icons and your favorite apps.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

  • SewWhat

    looks like we may be stuck with the new G’zone. but if it’s the same as the one showing up on ebay.. then it might not be a bad compromise… well all but coming from casio..


  • Buutfore

    If the S4 Active is ATT Only…that means the only other waterproof phone TMO is getting is the Xperia! Great news.

  • hkklife

    Don’t worry, it won’t. Along with the 32Gb GS4 and pretty much anything else worthwhile this year. I am becoming really worried that VZW is entering a period of coasting prior to a big transition (VoLTE). Remember how the Droid X in mid- 2010 was the last time VZW was REALLY a market leader for a cutting edge new handset? Then they sort of coasted through the rest of 2010 and 2011 with a bunch of mediocre EVDO handsets (Droid 3, X2, Droid Inc 2) and some lousy early LTE phones ( T-Bolt, Revolution, Charge) before catching fire with the Bionic, RAZR etc once the majority of their LTE footprint was up and running.

    I am afraid the rest of 2012 will be like that—sell off all of the old LTE stock (RAZRs, Rezound, DNA, S3/S34) and then start pushing out worthwhile new handsets in 2014 when they have everyone on 24-month renewal cycles and/or want to get rid of the remaining grandfathered unlimited folks.

  • Zach Armstrong

    Don’t know what Verizon is doing They released one phone this year so far the S4 While AT&T keeps announcing phone after phone

  • T4rd

    I wonder if Verizon even cares about AT&T getting all these other phones.
    Probably not since they’re in bed together and share profits from collectively raising their prices and sh!tting on customers.

  • teevirus

    That kid at the end of the video makes me dread having children.

  • Derek Duncan

    Don’t hate on AT&T for this. Hate on Verizon.

  • DanWazz

    Sounds awful.

  • tomn1ce

    What the heck is wrong with vzw? Are they too busy counting the money we pay them while att&t picks up every phone that’s been released. o_0

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    woah, buttons.

  • Bionic_Pags

    That’s ok… Verizon has this exclusive:

    “Looking for a rugged phone like the Samsung Galaxy S4, but made by a watch company and designed like a spear? Then look no further than the Casio Commando! We here at Verizon are determined to bring you only the phones that we deem worthy enough to bare our bloatware, delayed upgrades, and adapt to our communism. So if you want to get stabbed in the testicle while running, put the Casio Commando in your pocket today!”

    • Trevor

      Upvote for saying stabbed in the testicle.

      • CasperTFG


    • ToddAwesome

      Ouch, right in the baby barrels!

    • duce22

      could be alright

  • Butters619

    couldn’t care less*

  • yummy

    Going now to look at coverage
    maps. Dee ay em en f u rizon

  • Prime7

    That’s cool. I was having trouble deciding if I wanted an S4 now or wanted to wait for the Active, but now it’s as easy as choosing PS4 over Xbox One.

  • MattC

    According to my Samsung rep Verizon decided to pass on this device…

    • Eric Soriano

      Press release states ATT to be the first to get it so it looks like this could be a limited time exclusivity for ATT.

      ““Continuing AT&T’s legacy as the first carrier to launch the Samsung Galaxy series….”

      Stil a chance Verizon gets this. Don’t let us down on this one Verizon.

  • ahhh yes

    good for when your friend pushes you in the pool this summer w/ your clothes on

    • ElDudarino

      +1. Was thinking same thing. This happened to me when I had the original Evo on the first day of a bachelor party weekend a couple years ago. Sucked having to spend the rest of the trip without my phone.

      Even though the S4 Active rated for 1 meter for 30 minutes, I bet it could handle a very quick dunk up to twice that.

  • Albert Reyna

    This actually looks nicer than the s4

  • You mad?

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      Yup I’m mad bro. haha

  • I just noticed that this has physical buttons…blah.

    • ilikebuttonsss

      what is with you anti-button people? I don’t post every time I see a non-button phone that it sucks because it doesn’t have buttons. And to my use case.. it does. Using while driving, not looking and using by touch, when outside, raining, etc… all better with buttons. Maybe none of that applies to you. In that case, be happy with your Nexus etc and let us be happy with Galaxies and not let Samsung think you speak for us. I loves my buttons. I also miss my slider keyboard from my Droid. If there was a VZW Active S4 with real slider keyboard that would be SICK. Anyone else feeling me on that? Vote up!

  • Beau Brandt

    might be my new phone. but how is it considered just water resistant– and can take pics underwater. wouldnt you want it full waterproof? seems sketchy

    • Cory_S

      It’s IP67 which is 1 meter. I was hoping for something I could swim with without fear. Technically just dropping this in a pool may still kill it, however I’m thinking the certification can be stretched a bit.

      • ElDudarino

        It’s rated at 1 meter for 30 minutes. It’s highly likely a quick dunk for 60 seconds or less at double that would do no harm.

  • Tod Cox

    I missed the “exclusive” part of the announcement.

    • imns

      Same here. Let’s hope it isn’t true. My VZW contract is up in three weeks. First carrier other than AT&T (never again) to get this phone gets my business.

    • tommy

      Its in the title

      • Tod Cox

        There is no mention in the AT&T press release.

  • Kyle Miller

    No orange on Big Orange? Weird!

  • Illinipoke

    “Frustrated at the “exclusive” AT&T grab? ”

    Oh just a little bit. So sick of Verizon. The only thing worse than being a VZ customer was being a VZ employee.

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      It’s so frustrating that I can’t leave verizon because I don’t want to loose unlimited data! You’d have to kill me before I’d sign up for tiered data, or even unlimited data that gets throttled 🙁 🙁

      • Cory_S

        I use to think the same…but I’m about to. Even though I work in a major metro area (Houston) the entire block is a Verizon deadzone. I usually only use 1GB a month max as any other time I’m on WiFi or traveling to an area that’s only 3G.

        • Rolando

          Yeah, I agree. I’m paying roughly $130 per month for my unlimited on Verizon, and rarely go over 3 GB. I can switch to AT&T and get 6 GB for the same price as I pay now, and actually have a network that is reliable. I can’t believe I am writing that about AT&T, but it’s true. I’ve dropped more calls with Verizon this past month than ever before, and my LTE download speeds are regularly .5 to 1.5 mb/s. It’s oversaturated in my metro area, and I’m tired of getting better speeds on 3G than LTE. I don’t see it getting better with AWS, because there aren’t enough subscribers with AWS compatible phones to take the burden off of Verizon’s LTE network.

          I’m done with Verizon.

      • AJH

        I get killer data from Sprint, and they haven’t throttled me as far as I can tell. Switched because I didn’t want to pay full retail price to upgrade at Verizon. Obviously it depends where you’re living; where I’m living Sprint is great, but in other places it’s awful.

      • picaso86

        Verizon 4G service has become so slow (at least around my metro area) that it seems that I am using 3G. I guess all those iPhone fives are clogging the network. I’m seriously considering switching to T-Mobile.

  • D2thesmero

    Could I buy it at full retail and put it on Tmobile/Solvaei HSPA+? AT&T is overpriced garbage. Any specs on the radios this thing has?

    • JoshGroff

      Probably the same as the standard, let me do a quick search.


      So, it should work in areas with T-Mobile’s refarmed 1900mhz band, but you lose out on the 1700 band. (Not sure how much coverage loss that equates to.)

      • D2thesmero

        yeah I saw it too. Unless the specs are wrong and we see ATT list them otherwise. Leaning towards the Sony Xperia Z.

  • r0lct

    They’ll offer it for the holidays running 4.1