Update: Some early pre-order folks are saying their devices are supposed to arrive on the 25th. It might only be newer pre-orders that are going out on the 30th.

If you're planning to pick up Samsung's latest and greatest on AT&T's LTE network the instant it's available, start checking your email for tracking numbers on April 30th. That's when pre-orders for the Galaxy S 4 will begin going out to customers. However, if you didn't pre-order the device, you might actually be able to get it a few days early on April 27th. Take that, early birds!


AT&T's online purchase page for both the white and black 16GB Galaxy S 4 now states the device will ship on April 30th in no uncertain terms. The in-store date comes courtesy of AT&T's official Twitter account. There is no telling how many GS4 units each AT&T store will be allotted, but with such a high-profile phone, I'd assume it's a big number. Probably still safer to pre-order if you don't mind waiting a few extra days. Also, this is only for the 16GB. A 32GB version is expected at a later date.

The Galaxy S 4 is Samsung's attempt to keep its momentum from 2012 going strong in the face of renewed opposition from HTC. The HTC One seems like the best device the company has made in years, and it's earning high praise so far. The Galaxy S 4 is selling for $199 with a 2-year contract on Ma Bell.

[Galaxy S 4 (white), Galaxy S 4 (black), AT&T Twitter]

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  • theineffablebob

    Hurry up Verizon, I'm ready for a new phone!

    • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ psychomaniac189

      every carrier and their mother has an official release day.. vzw? they just have a month. lol always doing this to us :(

      • RaptorOO7

        Yup, and that is why I am leaving Verizon. Slow LTE in my market, jerking users around on device launches, crippling hardware and adding bloatware. I'm done.

  • jonathan

    Got an email from ATT that the s4 preorders will start arriving on the 25th.

    • Kurt Gordon

      My tracking info shows arrival on the 25th. Planning ahead works, I guess

  • http://www.facebook.com/ericinvalpo Eric Leonard

    My Galaxy Note said roughly the same thing when I pre-ordered it. It showed up in my office the Thursday before the public release. So I wouldn't count on that being completely accurate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lilmikey Mikey Monteiro

    i got an email saying its gonna ship the 25th

  • aNYthing6

    Are they not selling 32 GB models? Sprint doesn't seem to be carrying it either.

  • TechGuy22

    Because Planning Ahead Is For Losers LMFAO WELL SAID

    • http://www.facebook.com/tsojaybird Jason Brown

      Obviously you read none of the comments before agreeing with this moron.

  • Guest

    Shipping for delivery on the 25th is what AT&T emailed me. The only loser seems to be the guy who flunked journalism school. Sorry Mr. Whitman but get your facts straight, loser. LMFAO

  • RaptorOO7

    I just want the 3GB version, tempted as I am to get a 16GB no thanks I am holding out.

  • onpoint G

    The 27th..THAT'S TOMORROW! jp I'm broad at work..ok bye for now

  • beingsocialized

    mine already shipped thru fedex.. delivery estimate 25th 4:30PM.. hail fanboyism :P