Samsung’s latest flagship Android smartphone is finally here. The Galaxy S4 is aiming to become the crown in Google’s Android crown, and of course it’s also vying for your hard earned cash.
The phone is packed full of the latest hardware and a bunch of features that Samsung claims will enrich your life and make it easier. We’re sure some people made their minds up before the event that the S4 would be their next upgrade, but if you’re now thinking about getting one, here’s your one-stop list of retailers, networks, tariffs, prices and deals. We’ll be constantly updating too, so be sure to check back for the latest.
General launch date: April 26th
Pre-order date: March 28th
Vodafone: Voda has so far confirmed that the S4 is ‘coming soon’ and offers customers to register for updates at www.vodafone.co.uk.
UPDATE: Vodafone is now taking pre-orders, offering the 16GB S4 in both white and black on 12 and 24 month deals. To get the phone free you’ll need to sign on to a 2 year deal for at least £42 per month, a tariff which scores you a respectable unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 2GB of data. You can drop to £37 per month and get the same stuff but pay £69 for the phone, or trade in an old touchscreen and get the phone for free. Pre-order here.
Three: Three has also confirmed it will be stocking the S4 and that it will be compatible with its super-speedy ‘Ultrafast’ network, which is somewhere between 3G and 4G. Register your interest here.
UPDATE: Three is now taking pre-orders, and as per usual they currently have the best deal. Pick up the S4 for free on £35 and £37 per month contracts, with the former offering 500 minutes, 5,000 texts and unlimited data, and the former offering 5,000 texts, 2,000 minutes, 5,000 three-to-three minutes and unlimited data. Pre-order here.
Orange, T-Mobile and EE: The Galaxy S4 will come to all three networks under the Everything Everywhere umbrella. Customers for all networks can register their interest here. And of course, you’ll be able to take advantage of the S4’s 4G connectivity on EE.
UPDATE: Orange offers a huge range of tariffs from £10.50 a month all the way up to £51. The price of the phone varies depending on how much you pay each month, and to get the phone free you’ll need to opt for the top £51 per month tariff. T-Mobile‘s plans are practically identical to Orange’s, although you’ll also net a free accessory pack comprising of a 16GB Samsung micro SD card, flip cover and in-car charger. EE has a range of tariffs, with its self-proclaimed ‘best value’ tariff giving you 1GB of data, unlimited calls and texts and the phone for £80 on a £41 per month 2 year deal.
O2: The phone will be coming to O2, according to the network’s Twitter account. However, there’s currently no option to register for interest or look at it on their site.
UPDATE: O2 has both the white and black 16GB versions available to pre-order, with prices for the phone ranging from free to £179.99, depending on your tariff choice. To get the phone free you need to choose a tariff of at least £47 per month – unfortunately no great deals to be found here, yet. Pre-order here.
Virgin Mobile: Virgin is now inviting customers to register interest for the phone right here.
Carphone Warehouse: CPW will have the handset on every major UK network it seems, and you can both register your interest to be notified when it’s available and put down a £29 deposit to become one of the first to get the phone. Register interest here.
UPDATE: Like Phones 4u, Carphone Warehouse offers the S4 for pre-order for free from £41 per month – Orange, O2, Vodafone, EE and T-Mobile contracts are available, and pay monthly deals will come with an accessory pack that comprises of a flip case and car charger. Furthermore, the first 2,000 orders will also receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″ tablet for free! Pre-order link.
Phones 4u: No networks or tariffs are confirmed just yet, though interest in the S4 can be registered right here.
UPDATE: Phones 4u are now taking pre-orders, with contracts on EE, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile. Deals start from £26 per month, but to get the phone free you’ll need to pay at least £41 per month. As a bonus there will be up to £100 in Google Play vouchers with some contracts to get you started with app downloads and such – pre-order link.
Unlocked Mobiles: The Galaxy S4 has been given its first proper price by SIM-free experts Unlocked Mobiles. Their guideline price for the 16GB version of the phone in either black or white is £529.98.
Clove: We’ve received confirmation from Clove that pre-orders will start today, so stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE: You can register for interest with Clove, but no price or dates are yet confirmed – http://www.clove.co.uk/smartphones/samsung
UPDATE 2: Clove lists the SIM-free 16GB S4 for £579.99 including VAT – pre-order here.
If you’re eager to find out how much the phone will cost on your network, or perhaps outright, then bookmark this page and be sure to keep checking as we update with the latest info as it’s released.
Expansys: Expansys is now taking pre-orders for the 16GB Black Mist version here.