Samsung Galaxy S IV up for preorder in U.S. today


U.S. smartphone buyers looking to grab Samsung's Galaxy S IV finally get their shot today.

Preorders for the next Galaxy-class phone have launched at both AT&T and U.S. Cellular today.

The Galaxy S IV is listed on AT&T's Web site with a ship date of April 30. But not all customers are able to preorder at this time. According to Engadget, only certain locations can preorder the Galaxy S IV now. Entering a variety of different zip codes in the location field kept triggering a message telling me that "the device you've selected is not available in your area."

AT&T did not immediately respond to CNET's request for information on when the smartphone will be available nationwide.

Some people seem able to pick up the S IV. Tipters told Engadget today that AT&T's site does show the device as available for preorder in certain locations. For those people, the page confirms $199 as the two-year contract price and $639 as the off-contract price. The phone itself is available in either White Frost or Black Mist.

U.S. Cellular subscribers face an easier time ordering the phone. A preorder button for the phone is available on the carrier's home page. Clicking on that button lets you order either the White Frost or Black Mist flavors for $199 with the standard two year-contract.

This article originally appeared on CNET.

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