Update: The deal is back, from a different seller - head here to get it.

No one wants to drop $700-800 on an unlocked smartphone, but that might be your only option if you want the latest and greatest sans contract. In the case of the new Galaxy S4, eBay has been offering some compelling deals culminating in today's $599.99 offer. It's a heck of a deal!

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The i9500 is the unlocked international variant of the 16GB GS4, meaning it will not work on LTE networks. You're limited to HSPA+ 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100. That also means Verizon and Sprint customers are out of luck here. The i9500 runs on the Exynos 5 Octa 5410 ARM chip rather than the Snapdragon 600 found in the US versions.

Other than these internal differences, this is mostly the same GS4 you've been seeing around. It runs on Android 4.2.2 with less crapware because it's not carrier-branded. Updates should be a little faster too. Standard shipping in the US is free, but international buyers could get hit with up to $100 in additional charges. Keep an eye on that.

Galaxy S4 i9500 on eBay

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  • ianoopt

    Will this work with T-mobile Hspa?

    • Derail Doax

      $599 is a pretty good deal relative to the $799 unlocked price or the $749 unsubsidized price for all 4 carriers thru Best Buy. But if you buy the GS4 directly through T-Mobile off contact the price is only $629 before tax. Plus that has T-Mobile LTE built in. Really that $649 GS4 Google Edition doesn't sound so overpriced anymore.

      • ianoopt

        Thanks for reminding about Google Edition, However, not sure about how the camera will perform in that. Also the T-Mobile unsubsidized one will be ~$680 and would come with some bloatware and it doesn't have LTE in area where I live.

    • ProductFRED

      No, not unless you're in a refarmed area where there's 1900 MHz, and even then you're pretty limited since most areas are still on AWS (1700/2100 MHz). The US/Snapdragon version(s) get more development support anyways. You can use http://airportal.de to see if you're in a refarmed area.

      • ianoopt

        Thank you. Now it makes sense. This is exactly I was looking for.

  • Arcest

    The guy has too many negative votes

  • WhappySap

    Why anyone will buy the i9500 is beyond me. i9505 is way better

  • blunden

    It's the international non-LTE version. The international LTE version (i9505) is also unlocked and uses the same Snapdragon 600 SoC as the US versions. The article makes it sound like the i9500 is the more common version but that doesn't seem to be the case.

  • buurrp

    16GB ? I'll just wait, thank you.