Radio Shack is now taking Verizon Galaxy S4 pre-orders, with the handset priced at $249.99 with new two-year contracts with the carrier.
The Galaxy S4 is already available in the USA from various retailers and mobile operators, including the three other main carriers in the region, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Verizon decided to delay its launch of the popular Galaxy S4 (like it did with the Galaxy S3 or the Galaxy Note 2 in the past) opening up pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 only a few days ago, with the handset expected to ship on May 30, more than a month later than other U.S. variants.
Verizon sells the 16GB Galaxy S4 version for $199.99 with new two-year agreements, that’s why you’ll find it surprising to see Radio Shack ask for $50 on top of that price, with those mandatory two-year contracts still in the picture – the retailer also stocks just the 16GB Galaxy S4 model.
Only AT&T announced pricing details for a 32GB Galaxy S4 model – $249.99 with new two-year contracts – although the carrier doesn’t stock the handset just yet.
Phone Arena reminds us that Radio Shack offers up to $300 for eligible handsets via its trade-in program, and customers paying at least $30 or more in a single transaction will get $10 credit as long as they complete the purchase by June 1. Is this why Radio Shack’s Verizon Galaxy S4 is more expensive than what the carrier sells it for? It’s certainly a plausible explanation.
What Radio Shack doesn’t mention on its online Galaxy S4 pre-order page are shipping dates for the device, although we’d expect the retailer to launch the smartphone at the same time Verizon does.
The Verizon Galaxy S4 is able both in black and white from Radio Shack, and the company is also selling the AT&T and Sprint versions of the handset.
If you’re still waiting for Verizon’s Galaxy S4 to arrive, then it means you could certainly get more information on the handset, so make sure you check out our thorough Galaxy S4 review (video version above) and our Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S3 comparison.