The day has finally come. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is available for pre-order, in UK at least, and tech enthusiasts across the pond have a host of carriers and retailers from which to choose.
The fourth-generation Galaxy S series smartphone will be available on EE, Vodafone, Three, 02, Virgin, Amazon, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U, Clove and Unlocked Mobiles. Having such options means Britons will also have a variety of prices and deals to take advantage of when buying their Galaxy S4 handset.
The Galaxy S4 is set to release on April 26 in the UK, but many sellers note that high demand may push back delivery dates by several days or even weeks.
Across the board the Galaxy S4 will come in the GT-I9505 model with 16GB of storage, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU and 4G LTE support, in Black Mist and White Frost colors.
Here are the offerings from the various carriers and retailers.
The Galaxy S4 will be available at EE for as low as £19.99 ($30) with two-year 4G LTE contracts priced at £56 ($84) for 8 GB of data and £76 ($115) for 20 GB of data and goes up to £269.99 ($408) with a monthly fee of £31 ($46) for 500 MB of data.
One-year 4G LTE contracts start at £69.99 ($106) with a monthly fee of £66 ($100) for 8 GB of data, and go up to £299.99 ($454) with a monthly fee of £41 ($62) for 500 MB of data.
Two-year roaming contracts start at £19.99 ($30) with a monthly fee of £61 ($92) for 8GB of data and £81 ($123) for 20GB of data and go up to £269.99 ($408) with a monthly fee of £36 ($43) for 500MB of data.
Contracts come with unlimited texts and calls and data allowances between 500MB and 8GB for one-year contracts and 500MB and 20GB for two-year contracts. There is no information on off-contract pricing. The device also comes with a free accessory bundle valued at £54.99 ($65). According to EE, delivery could take up to 28 days from release date.
The Galaxy S4 will be available at Vodafone for free with a £37 ($56) monthly fee on a two-year contract if you trade in your current handset or starting a £69 ($104) with a £37 ($56) monthly fee if simply buying the handset.
One-year contracts start at £29 ($43) with a £57 ($86) monthly contract fee and go up to £179 ($217) with a £39 ($59.15) monthly fee.
Contracts with unlimited texts, calls and data allowances range between 250MB and 4GB for one-year contracts and 1GB and 4GB for two-year contracts; 4G LTE is not available on Vodafone despite the Galaxy S4 being 4G LTE capable. There is no information on off-contract pricing. According to Vodafone, delivery starts April 26.
The Galaxy S4 will be available at Three for free with either of its two-year contacts. The Ultimate Internet 500 plan goes for £35 ($53) monthly while the One Plan goes for £37 ($56) monthly.
The Ultimate Internet 500 plan comes with unlimited data, 500 minutes and 5,000 texts. The One Plan comes with unlimited data, 2,000 minutes, 5,000 Three-to-Three minutes, 5,000 texts; 4G LTE is not yet available on Three. There is no information on off-contract pricing.
The Galaxy S4 will be available at O2 for free to up to £399.99 ($606) with various two-year contracts.
One contact is priced between £0 and £299.99 ($455) and offers unlimited texts and calls and between 1GB and 4GB data, the “On & On” extra feature and a one-month early upgrade. The other contract is priced between £99.99 ($152) and £399.99 ($606) and offers 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 750MB data and a one-month early upgrade. There is no information on off-contract pricing. According to O2, handsets will be delivered on April 26 if pre-ordered by 4 p.m. on April 25.
The Galaxy S4 is currently not available for pre-order at Virgin. Only a registration form is available.
The Galaxy S4 will be available at Amazon for £629.95 ($955) without contract. The device comes with a 2600mAh battery. Amazon does not indicate an expected delivery date for handsets.
The Galaxy S4 will be available at Carphone Warehouse for £629.95 ($955) without contract. The device comes with a free accessory bundle valued at £84.96 ($129), and the first 2,000 buyers also get a free Galaxy Tab 2.7.0. According to Carphone Warehouse handsets are expected to be delivered on April 26.
The Galaxy S4 will be available at Phones4U under contracts from EE, Vodafone, Orange or T-Mobile priced from free to £299.00 ($453) depending on the carrier and plan selected.
All contracts offer unlimited texts while calls vary from unlimited to between 300 and 2,000 minutes, depending on the carrier and plan. Data allowances also vary from unlimited to between 500MB and 20GB depending on the carrier and plan. EE offers £50 ($76) to £100 ($152) Google Play vouchers with most plans. Vodafone offers 2GB of Wi-Fi with many plans. The device also comes with a free accessory bundle valued at £85 ($129).
In addition, Phones4U is holding a contest giving away £800 ($1213) worth of Samsung products daily including Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Camera devices to customers who pre-order.
According to Phones4U handsets are expected to be delivered on April 26.
The Galaxy S4 will be available at Clove for £579.99 ($880) without contract. According to Clove the first stock of handsets are expected on April 26.
The Galaxy S4 will be available at Unlocked Mobiles for £529.98 ($804) without contract. According to Unlocked Mobiles, handsets should be delivered on April 26.
It will be interesting to see what pre-order numbers look like once the numbers are tabulated. In May 2012 prior to its release, pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S3 hit approximately 10 million. Recently, popular European retailer Carphone Warehouse reported garnering four-times the pre-sale inquiries for the Galaxy S4 than it did for the Galaxy S3 last year. If the S4 four follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, we should see some large pre-order numbers coming out of the gate.
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.