Where and when to buy the Samsung Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 is almost here. CNET tells you where and when you can get your hands on Samsung's next big Android smartphone.

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The release of Samsung's next super smartphone, the Galaxy S4, is just days away. Sporting an improved design over the Galaxy S3 and packed with a ton of high-end features and specialized software, the Galaxy S4 already is an Android powerhouse. And even better, it will land at all major U.S. carriers plus a few smaller, regional providers.

Note, however, that the carriers aren't following the same release schedule. T-Mobile, for example, will begin selling the phone this week, but U.S. Cellular customers will have to wait until next month. Meanwhile, C Spire and Cricket have yet to reveal their release plans at all. That's why I wanted to round up all of the Galaxy S4 release information in one convenient place. So read on to see when the handset will land at your carrier, as well as at a few major retailers.

As more information becomes available, I'll add it here. And if I've missed anything, please let me know in the comments section below.

Verizon Wireless

When: Preorders begin May 23; available in stores May 30. You can sign up for updates here.
Price: To be announced

AT&T

When: AT&T originally promised an official ship date of April 30, but customers could get their device as soon as April 25 . You can preorder now.
Price: $199 for the 16GB version (with a two-year contract)

T-Mobile

When: April 24 April 29 . You can register for updates here.
Price: $149.99 down; subsequent monthly service payments should be $20

U.S. Cellular

When: The carrier has been taking preorders since last week. Online sales will begin April 26 with devices shipping the same day. Retail stores will start selling the handset April 30.
Price: $199 for the 16GB version (with a two-year contract)

Sprint

When: April 27. At the time of this writing, preorders are sold out online. Also, Sprint said on April 24 that it will delay the in-store launch due to high consumer demand for the phone.
Price: $249 for the 16GB version (with a two-year contract); new customers can get the smartphone for $149

C Spire

When: All we know is "coming soon," though you can register for updates here.
Price: To be announced

Cricket

When: Cricket has yet to spill details, and currently it does not have a promotion page on its Web site.
Price: To be announced

Retailers

Best Buy: You can preorder the Sprint and AT&T versions now. Other carriers should follow in the next few weeks.
Staples: It will sell the AT&T Galaxy S4 on April 26 in retail stores only. The T-Mobile handset will arrive on May 1 with other carriers coming at a later date.
Walmart: You can preorder the AT&T version now.
RadioShack: Stores will sell all versions starting with the AT&T and Sprint versions on April 27 .
Target: Target doesn't have a promotional page for the phone yet, but it should sell the Galaxy S4 eventually. Oddly, though, it has an online listing for a $1,149 unlocked model.

 

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