MetroPCS brings Galaxy S 4 to eight areas for $549 plus tax, wider availability coming 'soon'

Well, we can't say we didn't see this one coming. Shortly after making a stop by the FCC and being teased on Twitter, MetroPCS has made the Galaxy S 4 official with a $549 plus tax sticker price (and no contracts attached, of course). Samsung's latest flagship is only available across eight covered areas initially (list in source link), however the plan is to set in motion a "full market rollout in the near future." The GS4 is up for grabs in stores starting today, and MetroPCS says extra locations and online availability will "be announced soon."

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MetroPCS Brings the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 to its Growing Nationwide 4G Smartphone Lineup

Affordable Nationwide 4G Plans and Galaxy S 4 Deliver More Choice for Value-Conscious Consumers

DALLAS (July 8, 2013) – With today's launch of the Samsung Galaxy S® 4, MetroPCS is coupling the ground-breaking features of the latest generation of the Samsung Galaxy-line of smartphones with the exceptional affordability of its unlimited rate plans, and is providing customers with access to a faster nationwide 4G network for one of the best wireless values in town.

The popular smartphone can be paired with any of MetroPCS' affordable no-annual-contract nationwide 4G service plans, which start at just $40 per month for unlimited data, talk and text, taxes and regulatory fees included.

"Providing choice and flexibility for consumers means offering premium smartphones without the costly service and a long-term contract," said Tom Keys, MetroPCS COO and executive vice president. "By combining the Galaxy S 4 and affordable nationwide 4G service plans starting at just $40 per month, we are truly enabling our customers to have it all on an enhanced, nationwide 4G network at a tremendous value."

The Galaxy S 4 opens the door for consumers to experience mobile like never before, and its suite of features ensure that the experience is tailor-made for each individual. The Galaxy S 4 makes an impression with a 5-inch, full HD Super AMOLED™ display with Corning Gorilla Glass® 3.0, a 1.9GHz quad-core processor for effortless multi-tasking and runs the latest version of Android (4.2.2). The 13MP rear and 2MP front cameras capture stunning pictures, 1080P video and turn even the most novice photo-taker into a professional through a variety of innovative camera enhancement features. And the Galaxy S 4's HSPA+/LTE connectivity[1] offers a blazing-fast Internet experience for quick browsing, multimedia viewing and effortless content uploading.

The Galaxy S 4 builds on the innovation inherent in each generation of the popular Galaxy smartphone line with the introduction of new features including:

· Smart Pause™: Pause a video by looking away from the screen.

· Air View™: Preview emails, photos in the gallery, or even the stories in Flipboard®.

· Air Gesture™: Answer a call or skip to the next song by waving your hand in front of the screen.

· Group Play™: Wirelessly connect multiple Galaxy S 4 phones to play games and share photos and documents. Using the Share Music feature™, users can stay in time and in tune with friends by allowing them to play the same song on multiple phones in sync.

The Galaxy S 4 is available in select markets now for $549 plus tax, with additional markets and online availability to be announced soon.