As per usual with big smartphone launches in the U.S., Verizon has chosen to be fashionably late to the Galaxy S4 party, taking its sweet time before announcing release dates and official prices. But is that a winning or losing strategy?
Well, judging by Big Red’s customer numbers, we think the answer is obvious.
Anyway, we’re glad to report we finally know the specifics on Samsung Galaxy S4’s launch with America’s number one carrier. The 5-incher will be available for pre-orders later today, with in-store availability set to start on May 30.
No, unfortunately there’s no typo there. May 30 is the release date, not April 30, not May 10 or 20. Granted, that’s in physical stores only, so you’re likely to get the GS4 a little early if you order it online. But I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.
On the bright side, Verizon has decided not to charge a premium for the S4 and instead price it at the predictable and fairly affordable $199.99 with two-year contracts. That’s after a $50 mail-in rebate, which is a little of an inconvenience, but it still sounds fair.
What remains to be seen is if Verizon will be offering all GS4 versions starting May 30, meaning the models with 16, 32 and 64 GB of storage. For now, all the competition has up for grabs is the 16 GB-er, so also selling the other two variants might be a coup for Big Red and a way to compensate its customers’ patience.
<Source: Android Authority>