Apr 03 AT 12:05 PM Nick Gray 15 Comments

AT&T updates its Samsung Galaxy S 4 pricing, 16GB model to carry $199 price tag


Roughly 24 hours after AT&T announced that its 32GB HTC One would be priced at $199.99 with a two year contract, the company has released an update regarding the pricing of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. While AT&T said that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 would be available to pre-order on April 16 for $249.99, an update to the page now shows that the original price was in reference to the 32GB model.

AT&T will also be offering a 16GB Samsung Galaxy S 4 which will be priced at $199.99 with a two year contract. It was also revealed that the Galaxy S 4 should hit AT&T stores on April 19th.

The lower priced 16GB Samsung Galaxy S 4 will go head-to head with the 32GB HTC One. Out of the box, the HTC one definitely delivers more bang for your buck, but the consumers who go with Samsung’s flagship do have the option of expanding the phone’s storage with a microSd card.

Since these details were not made available last week, there are two possible assumptions which can be made:

  1. After seeing AT&T’s price for the HTC One, Samsung made a quick pricing adjustment with AT&T to that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 would carry the same $199.99 price tag as the HTC One
  2. AT&T was planning only to offer the 32GB model up for pre-order on April 16th, a scheme which would add some extra padding to AT&T’s corporate wallet due to high consumer demand for the Samsung Galaxy S 4.

Which of the two assumptions do you think is more plausible?

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • redraider133

    I figured that is what the price would be. Good to finally see some clarification tho

  • triangle

    I think that AT&T was trying out the $249 price point, but quickly backtracked after the negative reaction to it. I’m glad it didn’t stick, but was hoping to see the reaction consumers would have to AT&T trying to move the pricepoint for flagship smartphones to $249. I don’t think it would have been pretty.

  • halo0

    Have they said what the off-contract prices are?

    • SGB101

      If you have to ask, you can’t afford it ;o)

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Off-contract pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One have not been announced yet for the US. Service providers never seem to include off-contract pricing in their press releases.

      • Jimmy_Jo

        That’s because service providers want to take advantage of you for 2 years under the guise of security and wuality service.

        It’s also pretty foolish to buy an off contract carrier-locked phone.

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          true, but AT&T customers who just purchased the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S 4 last year will have to pay full retail price if they want a new phone. The on-contract price only applied to current AT&T customers who are eligible for an upgrade.

        • halo0

          oops kind of forgot about carrier locking since I’ve been using nexus devices. Not super happy with the N4 though. I will probably stay with AT&T but have been off-contract for a while now and don’t really have a desire to go back.

          • jay

            I want to purchase n4 what’s wrong with it? Or where is it lacking? Its pretty light on the wallet, I think.

          • Ben Dotson

            So you’re getting screwed twice by a
            AT&T? You are paying high prices for service AND not taking advantage of a discount on a high end device.

    • redraider133

      Prob around $600 like the s3

      • SGB101

        Won’t it be a bit cheaper? Here in the UK the ‘One’ is priced similar to the ‘One X’ at launch, that was £100($150) cheaper than the sgs3.

        • SGB101

          Discard what I said above, god know why I’m thinking of ‘one’ prices.

          It’s going to close to the s3 price was.

  • donger

    Samsung knows how to play the game.

  • HeadDoc

    I would never get the 16GB version. My GS3 on AT&T was 16gb. I ordered a 64 gb micro sd card to add to the storage, but AT&T would not let me store apps on the card, unless they were 1GB or bigger. That meant that, after the OS and bloatware, I had 12gb on a phone to store all my apps. That is why I switched to the HTC One X+ when I could. Anyone else have this problem?