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AT&T is already accepting preorders for the Galaxy S 4 through its website. For now, AT&T is listing a ship date of April 30 with arrival in early May. The carrier hasn't said when the S 4 will reach its retail stores. AT&T is charging $199.99 for the 16-GB model, which is available in both black mist and white frost. It is not currently offering the 32-GB model, nor has it announced plans to carry the higher-capacity variant.
C Spire Wireless, a small regional carrier that operates in several southern states, announced that it will sell the Galaxy S 4 this summer. It did not reveal pricing. Though C Spire's home network is limited to regions of Alabama and Mississippi, it has a nationwide roaming agreement with Sprint.
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Sprint also announced its plans for the Galaxy S 4 on Wednesday. Beginning April 27, Sprint customers can grab the S 4 online and in stores. Sprint is charging $249.99 for existing customers and most new lines of service. However, if you're willing and able to port your number to Sprint from another wireless network operator, Sprint will knock $100 off that out-of-pocket cost. Of course, you'll need to sign a two-year contract. Like AT&T, Sprint is offering only the 16-GB model.
Last, T-Mobile USA revealed that the Galaxy S 4 will be available via its website beginning April 24. It won't reach T-Mobile stores, however, until May 1. T-Mobile is offering the GS4 for a down payment of $149.99, plus 24 monthly payments of $20 each. T-Mobile is offering only the 16-GB model and has no plans to offer the 32- or 64-GB models.
Verizon Wireless, Cricket Wireless and U.S. Cellular also plan to sell the Galaxy S 4 but have not yet released launch details. The S 4 will eventually be available at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, Costco, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Staples, Target and Wal-Mart stores as well. None of these retailers have announced exact availability, but details will likely fall in line with when the S 4 launches on the respective carriers offering the device.
A note about the storage options offered by these carriers: It appears that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are being conservative by sticking with the 16-GB model only. It's worth pointing out that the Galaxy S 4 supports microSD memory cards up to 64 GB. You can pick up a 64-GB microSD card for much less than the $100 most carriers charge to jump to the next-highest storage option. With a 64-GB memory card, S 4 owners can boost the total storage capacity of their device to 80 GB. Frankly, if you need more storage on your phone than that, you have problems.
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