The new Samsung Galaxy S4 may beat the iPhone at its own game. Samsung has announced that its flagship Galaxy S4 will be available on a staggering seven US carriers later in the month, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, US Cellular, Cricket and C Spire. While Samsung left it to individual carriers to announce their own release dates and prices. Customers can expect to see the S4 in stores by the end of April.
Largest of those carriers, Verizon and AT&T are still to make announcements. But we have Galaxy S4 launch information from T-Mobile and Sprint, both of whom have already shared details of when customers can expect to purchase the GS4 on their respective networks. On Sprint, a 16GB Galaxy S4 will cost $250 with a two-year contract, or $149 for new customers, and will be available on April 27th. Sprint will offer unlimited data with the Galaxy S4, potentially distinguishing it from AT&T and Verizon.
T-Mobile, meanwhile, just unveiled its new "un-carrier" mobile plans to do away with two-year contracts, has announced that its Galaxy S4 will be available starting at $150, plus monthly device payments. On T-Mobile's recently unveiled plans, you are not locked into a contract, and you receive unlimited data, voice minutes and text messages.
The Galaxy S4 is Samsung's followup to the Galaxy S3, challenged the iPhone in the US and helped propel Samsung to the top spot in world handset sales. Analysts are expecting more enormous sales numbers from the Galaxy S4, which was announced at a March event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The phone itself ships with a 5.0-inch screen, a 13 megapixel rear camera and several innovative camera and gesture control features programmed into the software.