While Verizon customers may be sick of waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S4 to arrive after seeing the device freely available on other US carriers, Big Red has attempted to alleviate some of that pain this week. The carrier has announced that they are officially bringing forward the release date for the highly sought after smartphone, allowing customers to now purchase the device one week ahead of schedule.
The Galaxy S4 initially had a Verizon launch date of May 30, but you’ll be pleased to hear that Verizon has now confirmed that the device will instead launch ‘earlier’ on May 23. That is a full week earlier than some of you were expecting, so it at least helps lighten the mood for those frustrated in seeing the device on sale at AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
The new launch date will apply for both online sales and throughout retail stores, so start making your preparations to visit your nearest store next week. Just to remind you, the device will be available for $199 on a two-year contract – the 16GB model in either Black Mist or White Frost.
There will also be a $50 mail-in rebate available, but unfortunately – there are no official details yet on when Verizon will plan to offer the more luxurious 32GB Galaxy S4 that most consumers would prefer over the 16GB model, with memory already taken up due to system resources.
We’re also guessing that those who have already ordered their Verizon Galaxy S4 will now receive their device on May 23, rather than May 30. If you are waiting for Verizon to release the device, let us know your thoughts on the positive news. Is it painful seeing the device available on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, weeks before you are able to get it?