The launch of the Galaxy S 4 grows ever closer and the carriers want you to know they're on it. To wit, AT&T announced today that its branded version of the new flagship will go up for pre-order on April 16th for $249 on a two-year contract. Pretty standard fare, though with a $249 up front price tag, we imagine T-Mobile will probably have something to say about that.


Way to blow it, Jeremy.

AT&T is also quick to remind us that it's the first U.S. carrier to pick up the Galaxy series, both historically and presently. So, if you're waiting for the hardware on Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile, you'll have to come next in line. Of course, if last year is any indication you may be waiting less than a week for your preferred carrier (barring any delays).

Source: AT&T

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  • kenjab

    $249 sounds outrageous after hearing the up-front prices for phones from T-Mobile yesterday.

    • Tommy Thompson

      upfront cost plus $20 a month for 24 months seems better than $250?

      • kenjab

        When you're also saving $40/month for the service, then yes.

        • rudy arenas

          for single line on At&t is $109 mo for unlimited talk text and 300mb of data plus $249 for phone = $2865 with 2 yr contract..... Tmobile is $50mo, unlimited talk & text plus 250mb of data, phone is $99 =$1299 for 2 yr NO contract..... so yes it seems better to me

          • kenjab

            To be fair, you forgot to add in the $20/month to pay off the rest of the phone, which adds another $480. So that makes it $1779...still much cheaper though!

          • rudy arenas

            Youre right, I missed that..... I was wondering why it seemed so much cheaper! lol.

  • dude

    Scroll through a page just using your eyes? I thought that feature didn't make it in the final build.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It didn't.

  • Adam

    So their three highlights are one possibly interesting new thing, and two things that are standard for all phones for the past few years.

    • Luis Lopez

      How many phones can you name that control your TV? I've only ever known of 1 that had an IR blaster and that came out last year. Your computer is not your TV (if you mean things like Splashtop). Also, phone pics only have looked good on a phone sized screen up until the last 6 months also.

      • Adam

        I've had phones in the past with IR. Perhaps "years" was an overstatement, but six months is how many phone releases? Dozens.

  • Danny Holyoake

    What an AWFUL deal. I hope Americans don't actually fall for this 'subsidised' bullshit.

  • blah

    $249 upfront? So, that's $624 net value factoring in the ETF. It's questionably cheaper than importing an unlocked i9500 from Europe, which'll run you about 700 Euros.

    I've gotta see; I won't be buying this phone until mid-June anyway, so it's entirely dependent on Costco's running price.

    • peterfares

      If you are an AT&T user then it never makes sense to import a phone that they carry. It WILL be more expensive as you will be paying the same amount monthly and not getting a subsidy while also buying a phone with a significantly higher MSRP.

  • http://twitter.com/zaharid98 Zahari Dimitrov

    2-year contracts are too mainstream!

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    Over. Priced.