Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 - Release date and availability

Samsung has announced the UK release date for the new Samsung Galaxy S4 at its Unpacked event in New York City. When will you be able to get the new Android flagship phone? If you are in the UK, the release date is the 26 April from the Samsung Experience Store at Westfield Stratford City and all other major operators.

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European availability is through globile mobile operators such as Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, and Vodafone.
Naturally, everyone under the sun is going to want one, so to combat this, pre-orders for the handset, or simply just to register an interest, are starting early. Read on to find out where you can put your name down for a Galaxy S4. Oh, and before we forget, we will be updating this piece the moment we have full pricing and availability from networks.

EE

EE lets you register interest in the SGS4 via a dedicated pre-registration pageso that you can sign up for more details when the network is allowed to supply them, but has confirmed that EE pre-order will commence from 28 March, with handset available online, through telesales, and in EE stores from 26 April.
EE will be the only UK network to launch the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone with 4G support (for now), and we suspect that will stay the same come launch day.
In addition to getting faster speeds (where available) EE says the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone on a 4GEE price plan will also benefit from:
- EE Film – the only service in the UK which combines 2 for 1 cinema ticketing, listings, trailers and film downloads or streaming in one place
- A discount of £5 per month on EE superfast Fibre Broadband – so they can get blistering speeds at home and on the move
- Fast track customer service by dialing ‘33’ from their handset
- Clone Phone Lite – giving people 500MB free storage to back up the content that matters most
- Choose an add-on – customers who take a 4GEE phone plan from £41 per month can also choose from a music, games or TV add-on to enjoy 

Three

Three is keeping predominantly schtum about Samsung for the time being. You can register your interest in upcoming handsets on its website however, so will be able to specify that you want details on the SGS4 the moment it has them.
"The latest flagship addition to the popular Galaxy range of mobile devices will be revealed to the world in New York on 14 March," says Three. "Register your interest now and we’ll make sure you’re one of the first to hear all about it, and how you can get yours. Then you’ll be able to enjoy all the internetting you want with all-you-can-eat data on our Ultrafast network - without paying a hefty premium."
Register your name on Three’s website and you should get pricing and pre-order info straight away on launch, so you don’t miss out on the first batch of sales.

Phones 4u

Phones 4u has done the good thing and created a dedicated page for the Galaxy S4. It’s an easy one really: simply go to the SGS4 page, hand over your details and you should be able to get handset information when it's available. For those that haven't worked it out yet, that's in store from the 26 April in the UK. 
“We continue to partner with Samsung on its ‘Experience Zones’, which we have in our Phones 4u Oxford Street and Westfield Shepherds Bush stores, as well as Samsung’s Stratford City brand store, and we continue to bring our customers the widest range of 4G Galaxy smartphones in the UK. The Samsung Galaxy S 4, has exceeded our expectations in terms of technological innovation and form factor and we are extremely excited about its arrival at Phones 4u.” said Scott Hooton, Chief Commercial Officer, Phones 4u.
Better get yourself down there on launch day then if you fancy a play.

Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse has taken the same route as Phones 4u, with aregistration page where you can leave your details. Hand over your name and email address and Carphone Warehouse should be emailing you the moment that the Galaxy S4 is unveiled.
Again, things aren’t going to get really interesting until 14 March, but at least you'll know exactly when to expect the email. Expect more on the Samsung Galaxy S4’s availability the moment details emerge.
UPDATE: Carphone Warehouse will be stocking the phone from the 26 April. It will also be bulking out opening hours to meet demand in bigger shops.
UPDATE 2: Carphone Warehouse has announced that it will be taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 from 28 March. What's more is that the first 2,000 customers to pre-order the phone through the retailer will get a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch tablet worth £149, and an accessory bundle for their new phone, comprising an in-car charger, screen protector and case (worth £65).
Pre-orders will be taken on Carphone Warehouse's dedicated SGS4 

United States

US carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, US Cellular, and Cricket are slated to carry the phone on 26 April. Unlike UK carriers, they haven't offered very much in the way of specifics. 

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