AT&T taking Samsung Galaxy S4 pre-orders April 16th for $249.99

Earlier this month, Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S4 smartphone to the world after many teasers and Internet leaks about the upcoming smartphone were posted. Now AT&T has become the first US wireless carrier to announce just when it will start taking pre-orders for the device.

In a brief post on its blog, AT&T stated, "Continuing our legacy as the first carrier to launch Samsung’s Galaxy series, we are excited to announce AT&T customers will be able to begin pre-ordering the Galaxy S4 beginning April 16 for $249.99 with a two-year commitment."

While AT&T says it will start pre-orders on that date, there's still no word on when the Galaxy S4 will actually start shipping or when the smartphone will go on sale in AT&T's retail stores. It should not be long before other US carriers such as Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint reveal their own Galaxy S4 sales plans and prices.

It's already been confirmed that the US versions of the Galaxy S4, along with models sold in the UK, will have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor inside. Models of the smartphone sold in other parts of the world will have Samsung's in-house developed eight-core Exynos 5 processor, with four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores.

Source: AT&T | Image via Samsung

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I hope that this is not a trend with phones increasing in price.

Particularly considering that the US variants of the SG4 are weaker than the international with the simple quadcore chip rather than the power-managing dual, quadcore chip (selectively using whichever quadcore it needs based on processing needs).

Really? These phones are computers, and you expect them as they get better technology, to not go up in price?
This is actually cheaper than what the GS3 started at, if not the same price. And really, for what the phone can do, it is very worth it.

We still don't know if it's more or less powerful no matter how many cores. Nobody has any reviews with details from the GT-I9500 (only I9505).

I have the GS2 and don't really have a need to upgrade, but since I work at an AT&T dealer, we are able to get one phone a year at the two year contract price without actually signing a contract. It'd be a waste to not take advantage of it...

I see, people from the U.S prefer a device with bloated carrier software, locked bootloaders, late updates and underpowered hardware compared to the I9500. Seems cool..

Samsung devices have the best support for custom roms and it's not like we have a choice if we want LTE support (which a lot of international phones don't have).

I wouldn't go a 2 year plan, especially with the rate technology is evolving. I wonder how many handsets Samsung will sell this time round?

ingramator said,
I wouldn't go a 2 year plan, especially with the rate technology is evolving. I wonder how many handsets Samsung will sell this time round?

Maybe better, maybe worse. There were 2yrs plans when the SGS3 was released and it sold pretty well.

a lot of people assume you MUST sign a contract for 3 years. Those days long past died and no one forces you to sign anything. Try Koodo, Vigin Mobile, or Fido if you want contract free. Even the big 3, Bell, Telus and Rogers allow you out of the contract for a measly $50. In any case, no matter where you are from, you MUST pay the cost of the phone. All telecom dealers, Canadian or US, are now basically the same. Its not the telecoms duty to give you a free phone if you do not plan on using their service.

rippleman said,
a lot of people assume you MUST sign a contract for 3 years. Those days long past died and no one forces you to sign anything. Try Koodo, Vigin Mobile, or Fido if you want contract free. Even the big 3, Bell, Telus and Rogers allow you out of the contract for a measly $50. In any case, no matter where you are from, you MUST pay the cost of the phone. All telecom dealers, Canadian or US, are now basically the same. Its not the telecoms duty to give you a free phone if you do not plan on using their service.

Nobody assumes you MUST sign a 3 year contract. That isn't the true issue. The issue is there aren't any other reasonable offers other than the 3 year contract when it comes to subsidizing. So realistically, you MUST take a 3 year contract if you want to pay as little as possible for the phone and who wouldn't want to?

I agree that it's silly to expect something to be free, but it's also silly to expect your customers to take it from behind over and over at extortionate prices. There are legitimate arguments from both sides of the fence on this one, however I nearly always end up on the side of the consumer. That's what happens when you spend decades pushing "The customer is always right".

Or try Wind or Mobilicity. If you live in a big city, they have amazing plans. Worst case scenario: they get bought out, and you end up on a bigger carrier with a cheap unlimited plan that gets grandfathered in.

Was hoping/expecting $199, not $250. Guess I'll be waiting until around Sept. to see if they offer a better price for my discount upgrade. GS2 to GS4 should a nice improvement.