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If you're in the market for a powerful phone that can take a few hits, then eBay's Daily Deals portal should be your first stop today. Well, so long as you need that phone to work on the AT&T network and don't mind a refurbished model. The AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is on sale for just $349.95 with free shipping to the US. You can have it in any color you want, as long as you want teal.

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The Galaxy S4 Active is a strange beast, a "ruggedized" phone that's more like its flagship namesake than the usual tough-but-cheap phones in this particular segment. With the notable exception of an 8MP rear camera and an LCD screen (instead of AMOLED), it shares all the main specifications with the vanilla version of the Galaxy S4. On top of that, it's waterproof (up to one meter for thirty minutes) and dustproof, and though Samsung makes no particular claims about impact resistance, the thick plastic around the edges should make it at least a little more resistant to shattering than the standard Galaxy S4. All that, and it retains a removable battery and MicroSD card slot, though the software is still stuck on Android 4.2. You can read Android Police's full review here.

We think the S4 Active is a pretty good device, if only because it's the singular "tough" phone that doesn't skimp on features and hardware. A brand-new Galaxy S4 Active will run you $595 on AT&T's website, and the "certified like new" version is $545. Unlocked GSM versions are running at about $500 on Amazon, and the only one on Swappa is even more expensive than that. This is a great deal if you can live with a refurbished model and AT&T's locked bootloader, especially if you plan on using it on AT&T anyway - you'll save $15 a month.

International readers, this seller is shipping outside the US, but there's a long list of exclusions (mostly in Africa).

Ecuador, Venezuela, Indonesia, Azerbaijan Republic, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Congo, Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

eBay's daily deals tend to disappear without warning, and there's no telling how much stock the seller has. If you want a Galaxy S4 Active on the cheap, you should strike while the iron is hot.

eBay - Refurbished Galaxy S4 Active AT&T

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Android Developer

    I wonder if the custom made devices (of AT&T , Sprint and others) can run just fine in other places in the world, using sims from other countries.
    Does anyone know the answer to this?

    • David Li

      They must be unlocked first (call the carrier for the unlock code) but those of AT&T and T-mobile work. Check the bands for your specific carrier. Most tmobile phones have 850,1700,1900,2100 3g bands. (tmobile uses 1700 and 2100) Most at&t phones have 850,1900,2100. (at&t uses 850 and 1900) many, not all, international carriers use 1900 and 2100 for 3g.

      • Android Developer

        So the answer is that it depends on the device and what is supported in my country?
        Where can I find out which countries support which band/s?
        Is GsmArena a good source for knowing what the device supports?
        Also, is it possible to unlock any device out there?

      • Zaatour36

        already unlocked in the ebay listing
        "Activation Status

        Although this GSM phone is branded to AT&T, it has been unlocked. That means it will work with a valid SIM card from any GSM Network Worldwide - Cingular, T-Mobile, AT&T, Rogers, Fido, Vodafone, Orange, O2.."

        plus, unlocking sim on Android are usually easy or cheap $<10

        • David Li

          It won't work with 3g on T-Mobile in unrefarmed areas. I don't endorse illegal activities (unlocking phones without carrier permission)

  • pandakaradi

    I would not recommed this at all. It is seller refurbished, not from the factory!!!