23
May
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Attention, Verizon-shackled Samsung fans (like me): the Galaxy S4 is available today. Like, right now - you could probably drive down to the Verizon store and it would just be sitting there, waiting for you to fondle its 1080p screen. If you want to take it home, it'll cost you $199.99 with a new or extended two-year contract. Still clinging to that unlimited data like the last slice of pizza in the frat house? You can purchase the contract-free version for $649.99. Naturally, you can buy one online as well.

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The Verizon GS4 comes in the standard blue black and white shades, but carrier rival AT&T has decided to glitz things up a bit with an Aurora Red version. (Because there's no place like homescreen.) The Aurora Red model will have the same $199.99/$639.99 prices as the regular (16GB) AT&T phone. Fashionistas and Dorothy cosplayers can pre-order the red GS4 starting tomorrow, May 24th, but stock isn't set to arrive in stores until June 14th. I'm pretty sure AT&T is the first carrier to offer a third color choice for the Galaxy S4... which is strange, because you'd think that "Big Red" Verizon would be all over this one.

Since you're here, you might as well read up on how to root that sucker. Here's a method for Verizon's GS4, and here's one for AT&T's, though you'll need to unlock the bootloader first.

Verizon Wireless - Samsung Galaxy S4

AT&T Consumer Blog - Samsung Galaxy S 4 in Aurora Red Available for Pre-Order Starting May 24, In-Store June 14

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • GreatNews

    wow Verizon actually forgot to put their huge logo on the S4, at least this is what i see on their website pictures!!!

    • SEJ326

      Images on Samsung's site show the Verizon and 4G LTE logos on the back of the phone. VZW's site must be showing images of the international/unlocked version for some reason.

      http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SCH-I545ZKAVZW
      I believe Sprint is the only one of the major U.S. carriers that didn't brand the phone with their logo.

    • ProductFRED

      Spend a few bucks on eBay and get yourself a Sprint or i9505/i9500 battery cover (all 3 are unbranded).

      • http://www.facebook.com/branden.jew Branden Jew

        waste of money. use your money to buy a quality case for the phone. Otterbox Defender.

        • Tim242

          WWW. Covering a phone in a thick bulky case should be a crime.

  • SEJ326

    The standard colors are black and white, not blue.

    • Brian P.

      Thinking of SGS3 still..huh?

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Huh. Coulda sworn that was blue - must be the glossy press photos. Artem doesn't let me out of the office often.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

    Am I to understand that the S4 only comes in one size (16GB)? My S3 is 32GB and even that isn't enough space for me. How can there not be a 32GB version?

    • Jeremiah Rice

      AT&T has a 32GB model available for $250.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

        Does that mean Verizon hasn't released their 32GB model yet or is it just not going to be available?

    • http://www.facebook.com/branden.jew Branden Jew

      Not on Verizon.

    • GraveUypo

      to be honest i wonder why we still even have 16gb models of any high end phone. it should start at 32gb and maybe go up to 128gb. we're past the point where we NEED more power, i think increasing storage is more important now :|
      i'd take a 128gb s3 over a 16gb s4 anyday (if you couldn't put a 64gb sd there and hack apps to install into it of course).

  • http://twitter.com/raptorstv Samcopy

    Soooooo fugly

    • http://twitter.com/raptorstv Samcopy

      Innovation my a$$!!!

  • RaptorOO7

    So where is the Verizon 32GB version, will they be offering it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/branden.jew Branden Jew

      Never.

    • coggy9

      When they add back unlimited data....so what Branden said.

  • HaruSoul

    You don't need an unlocked bootloader to root the device...

  • John

    Please sign this petition for Samsung to release the 32gb and 64gb models!

    http://www.change.org/petitions/release-the-samsung-galaxy-s4-with-32-and-64-gb-internal-memory