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While Galaxy S4 pre-orders are already well underway for most other carriers, Verizon joins the party today – fashionably late as usual. You can get the 16GB version of Samsung's newest flagship on the country's largest provider of LTE for $200 – but you'll have to wait until May 30th to actually get the device in your hands. That's basically a full month later than most other carriers. Par for the course in Verizonland, though.

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If you can handle the delay (or just can bear the thought of leaving Verizon for another carrier), then you can secure your GS4 below. Keep in mind, however, it looks like the 16GB version is the only one available right now, as the 32/64GB versions are nowhere to be found.

Update: The pre-order page is now showing $249.99, but Verizon's news release mentions a $50 mail-in rebate, so the end result should still be $199.99, just with 100% more PITA.

The Samsung Galaxy S® 4 is now available for pre-order online for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. The smartphone will be available for purchase online and in Verizon Wireless stores starting May 30.

The Galaxy S 4 introduces new photo features like Dual Shot, paired with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera to take professional looking photographs. Dual Shot allows the use of both the rear and front facing cameras at the same time and lets phone users to include themselves in pictures or videos.

The Galaxy S 4 is Global Ready and can travel overseas with anyone, but the software may make it an essential item for the world traveler. S Translator™ operates as a multilingual pocket dictionary native to the phone, translating words and phrases when typed or spoken into the app.

Other apps on the Galaxy S 4 include WatchON™, which turns the smartphone into a home entertainment remote and personal TV guide. Air View™ and Air Gesture let users interact with their smartphone without even touching it. Hovering a finger over the screen lets users preview emails and waving a hand over the phone can scroll up and down a webpage.

Customers can choose between two color models, Black Mist or White Frost. Additional product information can be found here.

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Cameron Summerson
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  • GreatNews

    Stupid Verizon, over a month later from Pre order date is sick!

  • GreatNews

    Well if someone thinks that Verizon will give it for $199 they are wrong! The price just rose to $249!!!!

    • BGRUGGER

      199 after mail in rebate...still sucks...mail ins are dumb

      • GreatNews

        I wont call it as $199 price mark!

        • BGRUGGER

          i would agree

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Weird. It initially shows $250 for me, but instantly reloads with a price of $199.

      • Trav

        Certain business accounts will get instant rebates instead of having to deal with the mail-in. Could this be the case?

  • BGRUGGER

    ooorrrr, just buy for $650 month to month!! not much more to save to avoid a 2 yr contract!

  • Matt Levan

    By the time May 30th rolls around, I bet we'll only be weeks away from GS4 availability in stores like Costco and Sam's Club with significant discounts. I think I'm going to wait it out on this one. Samsung wants to roll out 100 million devices soon, so it's likely they'll allow some serious price-docking once the pre-order and release hype subsides a bit.

    Thoughts?

  • lostchopstik

    The Q&A section has people saying VZW reps are telling them there will not be 32/64GB models in lieu of the microSD slot.

  • JG

    It's "late" because Verizon actually cares about it's customers & wants to put the phone through rigorous tests to make sure it performs well on its network, and that it comes pre-loaded with tons of useful software like NFL 2013 or Blockbuster Express (because naturally, us geeks who buy Android are SOOO into football and renting movies from a company that's virtually extinct that we couldn't live without these un-removeable apps) ... They're not like other carriers that just accept whatever the manufacturer thinks is good just so they can rush out new and exciting phones or updates.... I mean come on... If you buy it through one of the other carriers, you'll probably get a phone whose bootloader isn't even locked... Who'd want something as insecure as that!

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

    why do they not show the 32gb version?