AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), the largest telecommunications carrier in the United States confirmed that subscribers who pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S4 will receive their devices on Thursday, April 25.
According to CNET, a spokesperson for AT&T Inc. (NASDAQ:T) confirmed consumers will received the 16 GB Samsung Galaxy S4 devices that were ordered before 9:00 AM Eastern Time on Monday.
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The largest telecommunications carrier started taking orders for the Samsung Galaxy S4 last week to get ahead of its competitors in the industry. AT&T Inc. (NASDAQ:T) promised to consumers that they will receive their new smartphones by the end of this month, which was fulfilled by the company.
The company said, for those who have not yet ordered the smartphone, they will still get their device earlier than expected. According to AT&T Inc. (NASDAQ:T), the Samsung Galaxy S4 16 GB will be available at its stores starting April 27.
In addition to the confirmation from the AT&T’s spokesperson with CNET regarding the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the company also sent a letter to customers, which reads,
“Thank you for ordering the Samsung Galaxy S4 from AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). We are excited to announce that we are able to ship devices earlier than originally expected. Customers who pre-ordered their smartphone early can begin receiving it as soon as April 25th.”
Early this month, the company said that the price of the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 is $199 with a qualifying two-year contract and the price of the 32GB version is $249.99
The Samsung Galaxy S4 sports a large 5-inch screen, high resolution 1080p. It is integrated with 1.9 GHz or 1,6GHz octa-core processor, Near-Fiel Communication (NFC) technology, and 13-megapixel rear camera. The smartphone is powered by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s latest Android operating system-Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
Last month, analysts at Nomura Equity Research believe that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) could overtake Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) in high-end smartphone market with the Galaxy S4 because it is evolutionary. Although, the research firm believe that the Galaxy S4 will not change the competitive landscape in developed markets, it is appealing in Asian markets. The research firm also noted that some of its features such as the Air Touch, eye tracking that pauses running apps when a user looks away is a clear differentiation to the iPhone.
Consumers can also buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 from other telecommunication carriers in the United States such as T-Mobile USA, Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ), U.S. Cellular, and other retailers.