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Highly anticipated Galaxy S4 to be available for $149.99 up front plus monthly payments

Improving on their initial May 1 release date for the Samsung Galaxy S4, T-Mobile has announced that Samsung's latest and greatest will be available online beginning April 24. The upfront price -- $149.99 with 24 monthly payments of $20 for the phone with their Simple Choice plan. If you're still not so sure on how the 'un-carrier' goes about selling things these days, be sure to check out Andrew's run through.

The T-Mobile Galaxy S4 will be packing the 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor as with all other U.S. variants, backed up of course by Android 4.2.2.  The full press release can be found after the break. 

T-Mobile to Offer Samsung Galaxy S 4 at Exceptional Upfront Cost

Only U.S. wireless company to sell Galaxy S 4 with unlimited talk, text and Web with no annual service contract on a fast, nationwide 4G network

BELLEVUE, Wash. — April 17, 2013 — America’s Un-carrier continues making bold moves to give consumers affordable, unrestricted1 and hassle-free ways to get the latest 4G LTE smartphones.

T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced today the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 will be available online at beginning April 24 for just $149.99 down — plus monthly device payments — for qualifying customers with the new Simple Choice Plan.

The availability of Samsung Galaxy S 4 comes as T-Mobile is delivering the most popular smartphones in revolutionary new ways and giving customers far more flexibility with how they buy and use their wireless devices.

“Samsung has a proven track record of delivering the ‘Next Big Thing’ in smartphone innovation,” said John Legere, president and CEO, T-Mobile USA. “By combining our bold, Un-carrier moves — no restrictions, no limits and an unbeatable value — with Samsung’s leading-edge technology, you’re going to get the most from your Samsung Galaxy S 4 at T-Mobile —hands down.”

T-Mobile is the only major U.S. wireless company offering the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with the following:
·         No annual service contract plus unlimited talk, text and Web on a blazing-fast nationwide 4G network.

·         The ability to save money upfront and every month over AT&T, Verizon and Sprint through the Simple Choice Plan.

·         HD Voice for nationwide crystal-clear high-definition calling and reduced background noise.

·         Smartphone Mobile HotSpot feature for sharing the Samsung Galaxy S 4’s connection to the T-Mobile 4G network with up to five Wi-Fi capable devices (tablet, e-reader, laptop, portable gaming device and more). Smartphone Mobile HotSpot is included with every Simple Choice Plan.

Simple Choice Plan

T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan starts with a base rate of $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and Web with 500MB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds. Consumers can add up to 2GB of high-speed 4G data for $10 per month per line or get unlimited 4G data for an additional $20 per month per line. Customers can add a second phone line for $30 per month, and each additional line is just $10 per month. There are no caps and no overages, and no restrictive annual service contracts.

T-Mobile 4G LTE Network

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE rollout complements its existing nationwide 4G network covering 225 million people, which third-party tests show already rivals or beats existing LTE networks in many markets. T-Mobile’s advanced 4G LTE network is currently available in seven metropolitan areas: Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The company expects to reach 100 million people with 4G LTE by midyear and 200 million nationwide by the end of 2013. 4G LTE devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will automatically and seamlessly connect to T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G network where 4G LTE has not yet launched.

Device Capabilities

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 joins a growing line-up of T-Mobile 4G LTE devices. The device features the latest Android operating system — Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) — and a speedy 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor. In tandem with T-Mobile’s blazing fast and unlimited 4G speeds when paired with the Simple Choice Plan with Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data, the Galaxy S 4 enables customers to  quickly upload or download their favorite photos, videos and TV shows without worrying about expensive overage charges. With a 13-megapixel camera paired with a vivid 5-inch Full HD SuperAMOLED® (1920 x 1080) display, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 offers a sophisticated multimedia experience for capturing and sharing amazing photos. Advanced camera features include:
·         Dual Camera for recording stills or video with the front and rear cameras simultaneously.

·         Eraser Shot to remove unwanted objects or people from an otherwise perfect picture.

·         Drama Shot for snapping a burst of 100 images in four seconds to create animated GIFs.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 also offers new enhancements for discovering and watching your favorite programs — whether at home or on the go. New entertainment features include:
·         Samsung WatchON is a whole new way to use your phone with your TV.  It transforms your Samsung Galaxy S 4 into an integrated smart remote to control your home entertainment system including TV, set-top box and DVD player. With the WatchON service, you can get recommended TV, movies and sports according to your personal tastes.

·         Samsung Smart Pause will automatically pause videos playing on your Samsung Galaxy S 4 if you turn your head away and resume once you’ve looked back.

Pricing & Availability

Starting April 24, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be available for T-Mobile customers for $149.99 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $20 for well-qualified buyers for 0% APR O.A.C. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be available online at starting April 24, and at select T-Mobile retail stores and through select dealers and national retail stores starting May 1. For more information, visit

Customers can find more information about Simple Choice Plan at


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T-Mobile launching the Samsung Galaxy S4 from April 24


You right HTC is a better made phone! but is lacking on some important things like removable battery and sdcard, and htc has not help themselves on the updating software department either, so yes i like the look of the htc one but i will take Samsung and their good updating reputation.

Those are two pretty big things, no? Not that I agree with the notion that the One trumps the GS4 in only those two areas, of course.

What they have going for them, if my understanding is correct, is that the One will be 'physically' available on the 24th AND be cheaper. But yeah, probably won't help.

So technically, the HTC One is $150 cheaper since we can get $100 back by sending off a phone as well. So then the question is...even if you think the S4 is the better phone, is it $150 better? I'm glad we'll be able to check out both in the store though on the 24th. Can't wait to get a new phone!

no HTC is only 50.00 cheaper, it maybe even cheaper for some but not everyone have htc phones to give, so technically is only 50.00 deference,i have an htc one s but why would i give it to tmobile for only 100.00 when you can get more for it on craigslist or eBay?

You don't have to have an old HTC phone, it can be any phone from Iphone to Blackberry. Just for fun I entered Iphone 8gb and my quote was $100 as was every other phone I entered. So $50 cheaper + $100 rebate for any old phone you have laying around, not to mention you get a free car kit for the One. And just FYI, the $100 rebate is the minimum, you can get a greater rebate if your phone is worth more. Your HTC One S only gets $109 though :)

Bad idea to release The One and the GS4 on the same day. I bet the preorders start for GS4 before they do for the One. Seems like everyone was ready for the Tmobile One preorders except Tmobile.They've screwed the One launch up royally.

its called being greedy!! tmobile wants to make more money i don't blame them, now that they saw a little sample on how the weekend of the iPhone release went and saw how successful it was now they are rethinking their strategy.

Samsung not T-Mobile is charging the $50 premium for the 16 GB version of the boring old school stamped out replicant GS4 vs the innovative HTC One 32GB version.

If you read the article in the link, it is stated that $99 is the down payment. T-Mobile has not changed the price.

The write-up here says $149, and then on the front page of AC, two stories down, it says $99 up front. What's the deal?

Well that info was from the Un-Carrier event where they announced the HTC One was 99 down. They never specified the amount for the S4. People just assumed.

Yes you are. Chrome and Android are currently separate divisions with Chrome even having their own OS while Android is Android.

Google is working (I think) on integrating these two companies together. But currently they operate separately.

I think he was referring to the fact that Google has dropped the old stock browser for Chrome in the latest versions of Android. The expectation, not completely unfounded, is that OEMs would do the same. It appears that this isn't the case.

Wonder if they will have demo in store, my daughter will be at store next week to play with HTC One and hope she doesn't need to wait a week to compare them side by side.

I'm a bit confused........So basically the early bird special is the $149 online on the 24th but if you wait for the in-store version you'll get it for $99 on may 1st, yes?

$99 or $149 either wayiIts only a down payment, the rest you pay in monthly installments. Youre still paying the same at the end.

Not exactly. If it is 24 payments of $20 then you would save 50 in the long run with the $99 down vs $149 down