May 20th, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 TouchWiz

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S4 launches this Thursday, May 23rd, and some lucky folks have started seeing the first movements of said devices in their MyVerizon accounts. We’ve gotten several confirmations from users who have stated their devices have started shipping as early as this past Saturday. Verizon typically employs 2-day shipping so there’s a chance some of you early bird shoppers will have this thing in your hands  a day or two ahead of schedule. I wouldn’t count on it, of course, but the possibility is there.

Verizon is one of the last to the Samsung Galaxy S4 party, with the carrier trailing the likes of T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint by a few weeks. The original launch date of May 30th was even tougher for Big Red customers to swallow, but we were fortunately surprised with the date being pushed up a week.

Those with the Galaxy S4 on other carriers are looking forward to the device’s Verizon launch just as much as Verizon customers themselves, as the only known bootloader unlock method to date is being held until the device becomes fully available on the 23rd. The embargo was put in place by Dan Rosenberg for the sake of making sure Verizon couldn’t find and patch the exploit before releasing it.

So rejoice, Galaxy S4 pre-orderers — the week has finally arrived. And if you were waiting on this device to be available before you decide to throw your dollars down then know you’ll be able to walk into any Verizon store and throw down $200 (after signing a new two-year contract) to leave with one of your own.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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