This morning, Samsung announced that the Galaxy S4 would be available from seven US carriers beginning this month. The folks at Android Central have a summary post since carriers themselves are providing specific dates and prices. So far, T-Mobile appears to be first with availability online, starting 24 April at a price of just $149.99 up front.
The initial $149.99 price from T-Mobile is $50 less than we typically see for these high-end smartphones. You then pay $20/month for 24 months with your carrier bill to pay off the phone, but then unlike all the other carriers, T-Mobile stops billing you this $20 fee. Combined with their new Simple Choice plans, they have a compelling offer.
Sprint's Galaxy S4 will launch on 27 April for $249.99 with a $100 credit if you switch from another carrier. Pre-orders start tomorrow, 18 April, on Sprint and it will be available in White Frost and Black Mist.
Verizon, AT&T, US Cellular, Cricket, and C Spire haven't yet announced dates and pricing, but they should all have it available before the end of April. You will also be able to pick it up at various retailers such as Radio Shack and Costco.
I have a Galaxy Note II, but the Samsung marketing machine may get to me and I may find myself swinging by to get a Galaxy S4 as well. It looks to be an amazing smartphone with 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, 13 megapixel camera, 5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, and advanced software features to complete the experience.