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Verizon Galaxy S4 coming May 30th, pre-orders start tomorrow for $199.99

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Samsung Galaxy S4 in hand (875px)
Samsung Galaxy S4 in hand (875px)

While the other major carriers in the US have all revealed their plans to release the Samsung Galaxy S4, Verizon Wireless has been a bit more secretive. The carrier now says that it will begin pre-orders for the S4 tomorrow, but it is still leaving us in the dark as to when it will ship the phone and how much it will cost. The news comes as other carriers have delayed their launch plans: T-Mobile expects to sell the phone online starting on April 29th, while Sprint will have the phone available online on the 27th. Both were forced to push back retail availability due to inventory problems. AT&T, meanwhile, still plans to have the Galaxy S4 in stock online and in stores on the 27th.

Update: Verizon tells us that the on-contract Galaxy S4 will begin at $249.99 for the 16GB model, though it will be sold with a $50 mail-in rebate. That brings it down to the same $199.99 AT&T's charging for the phone. The Galaxy S4 starts at $249.99 on Sprint, while T-Mobile is charging $149.99 upfront as part of its new "uncarrier" pricing model.

Update 2: Verizon also informs us that the 16GB Galaxy S4 will cost $649.99 unsubsidized. Not cheap, but those who are holding onto grandfathered unlimited data plans may want to take note.

Update 3: The Galaxy S4 will be available at Verizon retail stores on May 30th, well after other major US carriers. Phone Scoop first reported that date, and Verizon has since confirmed the news to us.