Best Buy taking Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 pre-orders


Verizon is one of the only big carriers in America who have yet to give us a release date for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The company announced the phone would be here in May, but wasn’t interested in giving us a more pointed release date than that. For the record, the latest rumor pegs May 30th as the landing date, but anything is possible at this point.

It definitely feels like we’re nearing a launch as Big Red has finally pushed its Samsung Galaxy S4 sign-up page live. You can submit your email address to be notified when the product is available, though past experience tells me you might not want to rely solely. Carriers tend to send these notification emails out in groups, with some people not seeing them until days after a phone has actually launched.

For that reason, you’ll definitely want to stay tuned to Phandroid to make sure you’re “in the know” in regards to the latest. That said, Best Buy is offering Verizon customers a little more than a promise that they’ll email you — the retailer is actually taking pre-sales for the device. We don’t have any pricing yet, but past launches tell us to expect a $200-250 price on-contract, and Best Buy’s super special $800 off-contract. You won’t have to put all of that down at the time of the pre-sale, though, as a unit can be secured for just $50.

The only catch is you have to go into a Best Buy store with Best Buy Mobile, or a Best Buy Mobile standalone store, in order to pre-order one. Be sure to call your local Best Buy to confirm and head down there whenever you’re willing to sign another two years of your life away (or shell out a whopping $800 to keep the temporary wedding ring off your finger).

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. Best Buy is a failure at handling pre-orders.

    1. Ya I had to cancel my pre-order of 2 GS3’s last year, cause they were extremely unorganized. Ordered directly through Verizon instead, no hassle.

      1. I am experiencing that now with the One. Order direct from manufacturer or carrier.

    2. Exactly. I did this once and only once with the HTC Thunderbolt. It was a mess and getting the money back when they failed was a hassle.

  2. Best Buy is a failure at naming itself!!! What is so “Best” about Best Buy???
    Their prices are atrocious!!!

    1. You know about their new policy right?
      “At the time of purchase, we will match the current pre-tax price for new, identical, immediately available products from a local retail competitor’s store and these designated major online retailers: Amazon.com, Apple.com, Bhphotovideo.com, Buy.com, Crutchfield.com, Dell.com,Frys.com, hhgregg.com, HP.com, HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com, Newegg.com,OfficeDepot.com, OfficeMax.com, Sears.com, Staples.com, Target.com, TigerDirect.com andWalmart.com. We will match prices between our stores and BestBuy.com ®. We will also match prices post purchase if we lower our price within 15 days of your purchase.”

  3. $800 is probably the price for the 16GB S4.

    1. 32GB class10 SDHC are only about $20

  4. Verizon is an old indian name that translates to delay.

  5. “Big Red has finally pushed its Samsung Galaxy S4 sign-up page live.”

    Nope. Not a “sign-up” page. The only thing you are “signing up” for is updates via email that will tell you when it is available, among other Galaxy S4 news. It does not reserve or place a preorder on the phone, it is simply a newsletter. This is not clear by the misleading title of this article, though this is probably from the same source that everyone seems to be copying and pasting from right now without checking the facts. The article does not specifically say that the page is for placing an order, but is obviously misleading by not clarifying that it is not.

  6. $800 for a phone that could probably sell for $400, its all about getting people to sign a contract at the end of the day.

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