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Old April 24th, 2013, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Verizon S4 Pre-orders begin 4/25 - Release 5/30 [ UPDATED:release date changed to 5/23 ]

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Per Verizon's twitter account pre-orders will begin tomorrow April 25th.

Pre-order the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4

Release date will be May 30th.

EDIT : see post #17 of this thread for release date change. It is now May 23rd.

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No way I am preordering without a release date available.
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May 30th release date.
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And even with Samsung's biggest customer in NA (VZW), still no mention of storage sizes. S3 had both color and size noted, out of the gate.
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And even with Samsung's biggest customer in NA (VZW), still no mention of storage sizes. S3 had both color and size noted, out of the gate.
Not going to pre-order this device as I'm still up in the air on deciding. Guess we can just go thru the pre-order process online to see if it gives an option. Good to see ya amigo.
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I used Best Buy, since worked out great when trading the Razr for the S3. The buy back plan worked out well and allows keeping the unlimited data.

Me thinks getting a 32GB is probably going to be every bit of that 5/30 date. Oh well, the S3 is fine, so okay here
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I wonder if the late Verizon date is also due to supply issues that other companies are complaining about as well on top of their usual corporate "policy". Hopefully his device won't suffer huge supply issues like the Nexus 4 did...
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Pre-orders just went live here on my end on Cell Phones - Smartphones: Cell Phone Service, Accessories - Verizon Wireless & it only gives the option of a 16GB.
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No 32GB option though, so no sale for me. I will get a refund for the $50 Best Buy preorder if it turns out only a device with less than 10gb available storage is offered. BTW, that will really be 9.5gb, since Android needs 500mb free storage to operate correctly. Cartman level lame.

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No 32GB option though, so no sale for me. I will get a refund for the $50 Best Buy preorder if it turns out only a device with less than 10gb available storage is offered. BTW, that will really be 9.5gb, since Android needs 500mb free storage to operate correctly. Cartman level lame.

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If less than 9.7gb is free out of box, this means about 9.2gb for the user.

Exactly. I'm not going to mess around with 16GB. I'm planning on going full retail so it's got to be exactly what I want. They can keep the little ones.
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Exactly. I'm not going to mess around with 16GB. I'm planning on going full retail so it's got to be exactly what I want. They can keep the little ones.
Not going to hold my breath on getting a 32GB, as a Note 2 owner it never came true
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I pre-ordered via Verizon this morning. I'm not a gamer so while I am a huge advocate of 'the more storage the better', I figure if the 32GB comes available in the meantime I will simply switch out. If it doesn't, I will still have the 16GB to play with and see within 14 days if it is even the phone for me. Only way I will know for sure. Time has proven to me that one cannot rely on the opinions and experiences of another.
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pre-ordered!

all my serious gaming happens on my 32gb nexus 7 with ps3 controller.

my 32gb galaxy nexus only has 2gb worth of apps and related data. 23gb worth of media, which will go right on to the 32gb sd card i held onto when retired my htc thunderbolt. the 16gb s4 (+32gb sd card) won't be an issue for me. can't wait!
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Cool for you! Considering my 32gb has less than 2gb free, not cool for me though.

Counting on the early launch is why only one size for now.......
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Just an FYI.

There are some trolls out there saying that if you make your pre-order via phone ( *611 ) they will give you the option of the 32GB. I found this to be NOT true as I called myself.

If someone out there can prove me wrong, please do
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To keep my total cost like my Razr to S3 change, I need to stick with Best Buy.

None the less, this launch seems to be amateur level compared to the S3.
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FYI : per Verizon's twitter account the release date is now May 23 for the Galaxy S4.
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FYI : per Verizon's twitter account the release date is now May 23 for the Galaxy S4.
Oh gee, about one month later than At&t, but unlike that carrier, just the storage challenged 16gb model. Oh yeah, no worries there, since those brilliant CSRs of Verizon told me I can install apps to the sd card! Winning!!

Thank you Verizon, may I have another?! Not.

It gets even better, since they are charging the same price as the 32gb S3 last year. Them wittle' wascals' at Vewizon' sure know how to give the customews' what they think we want! Not.

Hey, joking is all I've got They know they have me due to unlimited data and best coverage where I live. Extrapolating just me as an example, that is how they get away with a line up of meh for 2013. They are milking it real good.

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Of course not amigo, I know you way better than that

*leaves a plate of The Commissary ribs*
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Hahaha By the way, the release date being sooner is the best news I've received all day. So, Thank you! I actually have a countdown app on my iPhone to tell me when my new S4 ships Time to change the date!!!
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How did you keep your unlimited data?
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You have to pay full retail price.
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Of course not amigo, I know you way better than that

*leaves a plate of The Commissary ribs*
That reminds me, I need to find a business excuse to go to Memphis and get some of that! I guess I will not be testing S4 reception on the way there like I did with the S3. I can still hope I guess.

Added: I admire you non compulsive obsessives unlike me that can get by with 9gb. I salute you!
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Does this mean if you pre-ordered already you will receive/ship it 5/23 or will you locked in to 5/30?
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i hope this means those who pre-ordered will also have them ship out on the 23rd instead of the 30th. love to have my shiny new s4 a week earlier.
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Great. They moved the release date to my bday! May 23rd!
Going to go to the store that day to pick one up full retail.
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I was holding out hopes of the 32GB but don't think I'll be able to resist the 16GB on the 23rd.
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Looking forward to getting my hands on it over Memorial Day weekend!
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This probably makes some AT&T customers happy that Verizon is moving up by a week. That means that the bootloader unlock exploit will be released sooner, but lets just hope that it works on the Verizon version too.
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After testing more with a non demo bloated version, I do not see any speed difference between the S4 and my S3 as far as the UI or apps in general. If I had to pick one, the S3 actually seems a tad faster (stock device). In the S4's defense, it had most of the bling turned on and my S3 has no animations on or S voice. That said, you would think a device that is apparently twice as fast or so would compensate for the bling all being on. By "bling", I mean all the stuff turned on by default out of box from At&t.

Not tested emulators yet. As far as CPU, MAMEreloaded with the game Dead or Alive is the litmus, since does not play smooth on any device except "almost, but not quite" on the iPad 4.

The display though is very nice. Not "lose 17GB of current storage in S3" nice, but nice none the less. It is as nice a step up as the S3 to me was last year. Nice. Maybe Verizon will have an apparent change of heart and release a 32GB due to the feedback. Even my local rep buddy says the feedback has been unusually significant for the lack of a 32GB version. Whatever that means.

My question is when will the media be pressing Samsung and the carriers like Verizon about the scandal known as "Install to SD card-gate". It fits all criteria of a scandal, you know.

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I must admit my rep buddy is a tad aloof when I ask him about the sd card BS CSRs are pushing... His response seems more one of calculated indifference.........
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Just curious to see where most of you will be pre-ordering. I want to pre-order through cheaper sites like Wirefly, but I'm worried about when I'd actually get the phone (who knows if they will ship it out on the 23rd). I'd prefer to order from Verizon and just pick it up the 23rd, but waiting a couple days for a $70 discount (without having to deal with the rebate) might be worth it.
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I suppose one sign of shipping is when Verizon starts charging people's credit cards. They have not charged mine yet.
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Lol very true. I keep checking my bank account about twice a day every day lol
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I always found pre-ordering isn't the fastest way to get the phone. They will ship the day before but the phone usually never arrives until afternoon.

If you want it fast, you go to the store and buy it in the morning.
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I always found pre-ordering isn't the fastest way to get the phone. They will ship the day before but the phone usually never arrives until afternoon.

If you want it fast, you go to the store and buy it in the morning.
VZW has been known to ship earlier and sometimes the phones can be received by the customer a couple days before the release date. It happened with both iPhone preorder (4s and 5) and also the S3. I know this because I worked in Verizon retail store and saw people come in up to three days before launch getting their phones set up and contacts transferred. I know, I know a former Verizon retail employee is not the most believable source but take it for what it is. Lol. I don't work there anymore though.
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The ship date on the pre-order status page Order Status | Verizon Wireless

has changed from 5/30 to 5/23.
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VZW has been known to ship earlier and sometimes the phones can be received by the customer a couple days before the release date. It happened with both iPhone preorder (4s and 5) and also the S3. I know this because I worked in Verizon retail store and saw people come in up to three days before launch getting their phones set up and contacts transferred. I know, I know a former Verizon retail employee is not the most believable source but take it for what it is. Lol. I don't work there anymore though.
Did not happen with the iPhone 4S or 5. I don't know where you saw that but I followed both releases very closely especially on MacRumors and no one got it early. Not even the reviewers.
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Does anyone know if Best Buy will move it's delivery date to match? I pre-ordered from them because of a promotion I signed up for months ago.
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Mine has changed as well. Yipppeee! Was worried as i was only able to preorder on the 13th because my upgrade eligibility started then. cant wait!
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Does anyone know if Best Buy will move it's delivery date to match? I pre-ordered from them because of a promotion I signed up for months ago.

They should move their date in too. Best Buy is usually earlier and not later by a few days. I will cancel mine and return the $50 card, since no 32GB.

I honestly do not see a speed improvement over my S3, but do notice the 17.5GB ish less storage than my S3. Nice display though, but not at the cost of so much storage. Games like Blitz Brigade, Asphalt 7, NFSMW, both GTA games and others are played and no desire to juggle those and other games, or start from scratch. Just the specified games are 8GB total, not counting other games and apps.

Heck, even with a 32GB S4 I will be tight, since about 2.5GB less storage than the S3. That will put me at 2GB free. That though is easier to manage than about 15GB less than that with the 16GB.

Jeepers, the Verizon start-up logo animation alone will probably eat 1GB! I kid I hope.

Added: Stores STILL are telling customers they can install apps to the sd card. Consistency.
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my preorder status still says 5/30 and i put mine in on the first morning it was available. hopefully it will ship early along with the other orders.


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turning every thread into a whine fest, huh? as long as you don't go the with the "s3 > s4 with all things considered equal" story line i suppose it's you're right to lament incessantly even in threads not about storage. lol
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They should move their date in too. Best Buy is usually earlier and not later by a few days. I will cancel mine and return the $50 card, since no 32GB.

I honestly do not see a speed improvement over my S3, but do notice the 17.5GB ish less storage than my S3. Nice display though, but not at the cost of so much storage. Games like Blitz Brigade, Asphalt 7, NFSMW, both GTA games and others are played and no desire to juggle those and other games, or start from scratch. Just the specified games are 8GB total, not counting other games and apps.

Heck, even with a 32GB S4 I will be tight, since about 2.5GB less storage than the S3. That will put me at 2GB free. That though is easier to manage than about 15GB less than that with the 16GB.

Jeepers, the Verizon start-up logo animation alone will probably eat 1GB! I kid I hope.

Added: Stores STILL are telling customers they can install apps to the sd card. Consistency.
The storage thing is horrible. I can't believe you only get 8GB on the 16GB model! 8GB is good enough for like 5-6 games tops since the files will be 1-2GB each already!
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my preorder status still says 5/30 and i put mine in on the first morning it was available. hopefully it will ship early along with the other orders.




turning every thread into a whine fest, huh? as long as you don't go the with the "s3 > s4 with all things considered equal" story line i suppose it's you're right to lament incessantly even in threads not about storage. lol

The carriers and Samsung misleading about app installs to the micro sd card is the perpetuating issue. They drew first blood.
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you are absolutely right!
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Woot! Ship date changed from the 30th to the 23rd :-) :-)
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Woot! Ship date changed from the 30th to the 23rd :-) :-)
Mine did too!! Hooty hoot
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I do not think there is much they can do, unless they get rid of all the bling and that would change their marketing push and waste millions $ from the campaign about the features.

Samsung is already playing numbers semantics games. They are touting this as the biggest selling device ever, when in reality the S3 would have done the same thing, but was rolled out in a more staggered launch. Samsung wanted a near global same time launch, so a casualty of that was more Qualcomm chip mix and less 32GB model availability.

Perhaps AT&T principle buyer secured the intial supply of 32GB, so Verizon and others rather than admit this, decided to take advantage of a constrained situation. Price the 16Gb what the 32GB was and maybe never sell the 32GB, depending on sales trend of the 16Gb.

Net result of all of this is a lot of us will probably never see anything beyond what is already available, or known to be releasing: 16GB model.

I can not help but notice though that nobody in the media has called out Samsung and the carriers yet for their misleading customers about installing apps to sd cards. Added: Convenient ingorance or not, it is an apparent "scandal" duping customers in such a broad scope. Most customers are not in the bubble of forums to know any better of what they are being told.
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I thought that we can't move apps to SD because of Android not because of Samsung also if we root our phones would we be able to move to SD?
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I am watching my credit card to see when Verizon charges for my pre-order of the Galaxy S4. My ship date is supposed to be 5/23/2013.

Has anyone been charged yet?
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