Samsung Galaxy S 4 up for preorder at US Cellular for $200 with a free cover

Chalk up another one: in sync with Sprint and T-Mobile, US Cellular has joined the ranks of US carriers detailing their Galaxy S 4 launch plans. The mid-size provider won't commit to a more specific timeframe for its launch beyond "late April," but it's already taking pre-orders for a 16GB edition at $200 with a contract and a steep $750 contract-free. That last detail prices it above AT&T's offering, although US Cellular is sweetening the pot by giving away an S View Cover to those willing to buy sight unseen. The news leaves just Cricket, C Spire and Verizon without mostly complete Galaxy S 4 plans -- let's hope they pick up the pace.

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U.S. Cellular Begins Presale For Samsung Galaxy S4 With Exclusive Offer For Free S View Flip Cover

Device will be available for purchase in late April

CHICAGO (April 17, 2013) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Samsung Telecommunications America have announced that the 4G LTE™ Samsung GALAXY S® 4 is available for customers to preorder at uscellular.com/GS4, and it will be available for purchase later this month. The 16GB GALAXY S 4 is offered in Black Mist and White Frost and is $199.99 with an instant rebate. In addition, U.S. Cellular exclusively is offering a $59.99 S View flip cover for free to anyone who pre-orders the device online.

The Samsung GALAXY S 4 is the latest Galaxy smartphone to join U.S. Cellular's line-up of 4G LTE devices. U.S. Cellular currently carries the Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Note® II, Samsung Galaxy Axiom™ and the Samsung Galaxy Note® 10.1. Customers who purchase the GALAXY S 4 from U.S. Cellular receive benefits no other carrier offers, including a valuable rewards program that recognizes customer loyalty.

"Samsung has once again raised the bar with a powerful device that has features and tools to help you simplify and enhance your life," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "The Samsung GALAXY S 4 lets you get more done wherever you are and adds value to your many experiences with the ability to share meaningful moments with friends and family on a fast 4G LTE network."

The GALAXY S 4 has a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLEDTM display, weighs only 130 grams and is 7.9 millimeters thin, and it blends an attractive design with innovative features. Its dual camera function allows customers to use the 13 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera at the same time, so the person taking the picture isn't left out of the shot. There are also several features designed to help you get the information you need faster and easier. Air View allows you to hover over your phone with your finger to enlarge content and preview an email, calendar, image gallery or video, and with Air Gesture, you can change music tracks, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand.

Highlighted Features:

* Android 4.2.2
* 1.9 GHz quad-core processor
* 16GB internal storage, can be upgraded with up to a 64GB microSD card
* Group Play lets users enjoy music, photos, documents and games with those around them without requiring a Wi-Fi connection or cellular signal.
* S Translator provides instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email and text messaging.