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Verizon opens preorders for Galaxy S4 16GB

Samsung's new flagship smartphone can be yours for $199.99 with a new contract and mail-in rebate.

The GS4 has landed at Verizon. Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

Verizon Wireless is now allowing Android and Samsung fans, and those fleeing the iPhone, to get in line for the Galaxy S4.

Verizon's preorder page for the 16GB version of the GS4 went live Thursday morning, priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract.

The actual pricing breakdown is a retail price of $649.99, discounted to $249.99 with the contract, and an additional $50.00 coming in the form of a "Mail-in rebate debit card." So, it looks like customers can expect to initially be charged $249.99 before having some of that money returned.

Verizon's site also notes that the new Samsung flagship phone, perhaps the most anticipated smartphone of the year so far, will ship by the end of May.

Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile will have the Galaxy S4 in stores later this month, and AT&T has already been taking preorders for a few days.

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