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For many power users, 16GB just doesn't cut it any more, especially when the world's leading smartphone manufacturer insists upon using a third of that for its customized Android build. Combine that with a still-outrageous premium for those few models that of phones that include extra storage, and you've got a recipe for frustration. But the Galaxy S4 situation just got a little less rage-inducing, at least if you're a prospective Verizon customer: both Amazon Wireless and WireFly have dropped the 32GB version of the Galaxy S4 to $199.99 on-contract.

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That's $100 off the original retail price, and the same price that you'll pay for a 16GB model at any Verizon store and most of its third-party retail partners. Big Red currently offers the 32GB model for $249.99, which is at least a bit more reasonable. The cheapest we've seen the 32GB version of the S4 before now was a deal at WireFly for $220.

Both outlets are offering the deal to new customers and returning customers who sign a new contract, both offer free shipping (Amazon has free two-day shipping without a Prime account) and both offer the phone in both black or white. Unfortunately, the 32GB model is still at least somewhat hard to come by: the black version is out of stock at Amazon and the white model is shipping "within 1 to 4 weeks." WireFly doesn't seem to have any stock issues at the moment, so that's your best bet if you want a phone sooner rather than later.

Dear Samsung: please bump up your "default" storage already. It would be great if by this time next year, I didn't have to hunt for a phone that can hold all my apps and local music, m'kay?

Amazon Wireless - Verizon Galaxy S4 32GB White

Amazon Wireless - Verizon Galaxy S4 32GB Black

WireFly - Verizon Galaxy S4 32GB

Use the search function on Wirefly.com for alternate colors - their URLs tend to redirect to the last one you viewed.

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.
  • Armus

    And it comes complete with locked bootloader and everything. Pass.

  • RTWright

    Right now it could be 64GB internal, I still wouldn't join another of the main carriers again. I could care less about the bootloader being locked, because quite frankly the ROMs out there sometimes are not much better than stock with all the bugs they have to keep dealing with. But as far as I'm concerned, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile are a plague and I can do without any of them. After my contract ends with Sprint this time, I'm going non-contract and buying my next device outright and save a ton of money by not paying their over-inflated monthly fees.

    • poop floats

      so where will you get service thru? just wondering how this works?

      • RTWright

        There are several non-contract sub-carriers that offer services. They run off of the AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint towers, but they offer the same services for a much reduced cost. Virgin, Boost and a few others are some of them. I still have till July of next year on my contract, so I'll be researching who has what to offer between now and then and watching the new release schedules of devices coming from Samsung, Sony and one or two others.

        As far as I'm concerned I can handle a 16GB internal as long as it has a microSD slot in it. Since Samsung and Sony seem to always have it, those are the main two I'm watching as far as devices go. But it's a long ways away for me and we'll just have to wait and see....

        • Ray Sunghwa Woo

          I think if you are a single line user, it may be better to have non-contract provider like those you mentioned. But if you are on family plan, the saving isn't that much since you are paying about $50-65 per line depending which carrier. Sprint has unlimited family plan for about $200 4 lines that's about $50 per line with the subsidized price for the phones. Verizon will have unlimited talk with capped data for about $230, that's about $60 per line.

          If you buy a phone at full retail price, it's $600-700, which is $25-30 a month if it is possible to pay in payment. And if you are on a non-contract carrier $40. The total is about $65-$70 a month.

          However, if you are only line in the contract, then the best is to have non-contract carrier to save money. Because all the contract based carriers single line price can easily cost >$80-110.

          • RTWright

            Yeah I know, I'm a single line user though so I don't need to worry about others at this time. I spend roughly $120 a month and that's why I'm kind of sick of it. If you're a family, depending on how you are setup within, you probably also have help from the other members paying on it as well ( I my friend's family does it that way ) so it's very affordable in that respect.

  • Booyabobby

    Refresh my memory, If I upgrade i do lose my unlimited data? Only way to keep it by buying full price?

    • RTWright

      Check with your carrier, because they all have different stipulations as to what you can do when upgrading.

    • Idon’t Know

      That is correct.

  • Megalomania

    $100 on sprint