US sets Galaxy S4 prices

22:53, Apr 17 2013

US wireless carriers have started revealing prices for Samsung's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, which goes on sale in the US next week.

Network provider AT&T Inc has started taking advance orders for an April 30 release and said phones would be US$200 (NZ$240) for the base model, with 16 gigabytes of memory, under a two-year contract.

Rival provider Sprint Nextel Corp started taking advance orders Thursday and said in-store sales would start April 27. It would charge US$250 (NZ$300) for the base

model, or US$150 (NZ$180) if the buyer was coming over from another carrier.

T-Mobile USA would start taking advance orders next Wednesday, and in-store sales started May 1. It's charging US$150 (NZ$180) up front and US$20 (NZ$24) per month for two years under its new installment plans.

Verizon Wireless has said it would sell the phone, but hadn't announced a release date or price.

Smaller carriers US Cellular, Leap Wireless' Cricket and C Spire would also sell the phone.

Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S4 was the successor to the Galaxy S III, which had been the biggest competitor to Apple Inc.'s iPhone.

The Galaxy S4 has a slightly bigger screen, a larger battery and a faster processor than its predecessor.

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