US carriers have started nailing down prices for Samsung's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, which goes on sale starting next week.
AT&T Inc. has started taking pre-orders, and says phones will be shipped starting April 30. It's charging $200 for the base model, with 16 gigabytes of memory, under a two-year contract. Staples says it will start selling the AT&T model on April 26.
Sprint Nextel Corp. starts taking pre-orders Thursday, and says in-store sales start April 27. It charges $250 for the base model, or $150 if the buyer is coming over from another carrier
T-Mobile USA starts taking pre-orders next Wednesday and in-store sales start May 1. It's charging $150 down and $20 per month for two years under its new installment plans.
Verizon Wireless has said it will sell the phone, but hasn't announced a release date or price. Smaller carriers U.S. Cellular, Leap Wireless' Cricket and C Spire will also sell the phone.
The S4 is the successor to the Galaxy S III, which has been the biggest competitor to Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
The Galaxy S4 has a slightly bigger screen, a larger battery and a faster processor than its predecessor.Samsung Galaxy S4 key specifications
- 5-inch full-HD (1080x1920) Super AMOLED display (441 ppi)
- 1.9GHz quad-core processor/ 1.6GHz octa-core processor (Depending upon region)
- 2GB RAM
- 16/32/64 GB Storage (expandable by 64GB via microSD slot)
- 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/ GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, IR LED, MHL 2.0
- Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
- 2,600 mAh battery
- 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm
- 130 grams