Verizon certainly likes to take its sweet time getting new phones out there, but this time it's at least making an attempt to speed things along. Big Red has announced that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available a week earlier than previously stated. May 23rd is now the big day.


The Galaxy S4 has already launched on the other big US carriers, and AT&T has even announced the availability of a 32GB version of the device. Verizon is late to the game, but it's probably going to push this 5-inch 1080p smartphone hard. Verizon's 16GB GS4 will be going for $199.99 with a new 2-year agreement (after a $50 mail-in rebate). Not up for contract renewal? Verizon is still happy to take your money – it's only $649.99 off-contract.

You can pre-order the phone right now, and it's probably the best choice on Verizon right now. Maybe that will change if Verizon ever announces the HTC One.

[Verizon Wireless]

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  • rogue3

    Any word on when they might update the S3 to JB 4.2? Or are they dropping us old timers in the wind already?

    • RyanWhitwam

      Not only are they hanging you out to dry, but a Samsung rep will come to your house and punch you in the nose before breaking your phone and calling you a wuss. Confirmed with Samsung PR. They're calling it "Project HaHa."

      • Doug L


    • sounder

      The end of this month 4.2.2 will start rolling out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      Is it out on the international version yet?

  • porter86

    Close call between this and the HTC One - http://versusio.com/en/samsung-galaxy-s4-16gb-vs-htc-one

    • http://twitter.com/Transomme E. E. Cummings

      No micro SD card for the HT Cone; deal broken!

      • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

        Nobody cares. Ok, three people care. Three people who don;t know sd cards are slow, unreliable, and stupid.

        • http://twitter.com/Transomme E. E. Cummings

          Not true. Bulky apps, thanks, developers, use up alotta built-in memory. Thanks for the memory...

  • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

    Verizon website still says May 30th. Better be a 32 GB version...

    • http://twitter.com/Transomme E. E. Cummings

      Maybe the Galaxy S4 MAXX. SuperMAXX gets 64 Gigs; maybe?