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Any way to get Galaxy S4 working on a no-contract service?

by Mintcoon / May 16, 2013 4:43 PM PDT

So, I'm interested in getting a Galaxy S4 but I don't do contracts.
How would I get past having to get a contract?
I live in Michigan (U.S) if it makes any difference and pricing doesn't really matter.
Any and all help is very appreciated!

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Need more info....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / May 16, 2013 9:50 PM PDT

I don't see why you couldn't do it. Which cell company are you thinking of using? You will need to manually configure the data/messaging settings if you don't buy it directly from the carrier.

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Search Internet shops for non-carrier SGS4

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Just walk into an ATT store
by Pepe7 / May 19, 2013 2:56 PM PDT

For $639 you can buy one right now, and w/o a contract, going with ATT's month to month service.

Not sure what the mystery really was here(?)

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Not if....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / May 19, 2013 10:11 PM PDT

....the OP is not an At&t customer since the device is so new. Maybe in a few months, but not yet.

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by Pepe7 / May 20, 2013 1:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Not if....

A new customer can port over on their web site right now if their number is eligible, and buy the device for full freight, by choosing the compatible plan & features. Just tried it out again.

The web site *does* initially point a buyer to a contract price ($199), but you can keep clicking/configuring to eventually see the full price for the phone in your shopping cart. FWIW, my nearest corporate ATT store in Chicago will currently sell an S4 right now w/o a 2yr agreement. As you know, getting new customers on the required data plan/unlimited text is what they are predominately after, along with porting over folks from other carriers.

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You missed my point...
by birdmantd Forum moderator / May 20, 2013 8:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Incorrect

What I am referring to is a non-customer is not going into a retail location and buy an S4 without activating it on an At&t account, even if they purchase the phone at full retail cost. I was not referring new customers.

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by Pepe7 / May 21, 2013 1:14 AM PDT
In reply to: You missed my point...

We both are better than conversant in the English language. Wink

The OP did not discount any particular service option, besides no-contract, nor did he exclude ATT as a possibility. What I provided was a no contract option to get that bad boy phone running without being locked into a contract. He could buy it at retail, put it on an ATT line for a month, then port out as his discretion to another carrier after unlocking it.

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