At least two wireless carriers have begun offering the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the U.S.
Anticipation has been running high for Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone, the successor to the wildly popular S3 that's played an instrumental role in capturing mobile market share that might have otherwise gone to Apple. If you've been waiting for your chance to jump, today's the day you can make the leap, provided you're interested in signing up with AT&T or U.S. Cellular for wireless service.
At long last, Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone has crossed the U.S. border, having already shipped to more than two dozen other countries last month. T-Mobile gets first dibs on Samsung's newest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) device, with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and U.S. Cellular planning to offer the smartphone "in-store and online within the next several weeks," Samsung says. Odd wording by Samsung since AT&T is scheduled to offer the Galaxy S III sometime today as well (currently is listed as "Due Today" on AT&T's website).
Samsung's Galaxy Tab is perhaps the most talked about tablet since the iPad, mainly because it presents the first real threat to Apple's dominance in the tablet space. Reviews have started appearing on the Web and we'll add our own impression before long, but in the meantime, we have a pair of launch dates to share.
First up is AT&T, which announced it will launch the Galaxy Tab on Sunday, November 21 in non-subsidized form. There's no mandatory two-year service agreement that accompanies the device, the trade-off being higher upfront pricing to the tune of $650. For those who care to do so, AT&T will offer a $15 pay-as-you-go plan for up to 250MB of usage/month, as well as a $25/month plan for up to 2GB of data. Neither plan requires a long-term contract.
Meanwhile. U.S. Cellular is taking the opposite approach and will begin selling the Tab on November 19th for $400 after a $100 mail-in-rebate. That's a subsidized price and requires a two-year service commitment. You can choose between U.S. Cellular's $15/month plan for up to 200MB of data, or $55/month for up to 5GB of network data usage.