Hi everyone, long story short: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S4 is clearly better than Verizon's. Read below for more details.
AT&T's Samung Galaxy S4 release date: April 27th, 2013
Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 release date: May 23rd, 2013
Note: Verizon received the phone LAST. Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T had the Samsung Galaxy S4 WELL BEFORE Verizon.
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 price: $199.99
Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 price: $249.99 - $50.00 mail-in rebate = $199.99
Note: T-Mobile and Sprint both have the phone at a lower rate. However I did not include them in the comparison as I would like to help others who are considering between the two largest competitors in my area.
I have broken down this section further into smaller sections:
- Notifications Panel:
- AT&T's Notifications Panel has 19 options.
2. Verizon's Notifications Panel has 16 options - its missing Wifi, Blocking Mode, and Air Gestures.
2. Bluetooth/Headset Calling
1. AT&T's Bluetooth/Headset Dialer - Easily and seamlessly swaps between a bluetooth call and aux audio. Notice the yellow boxes. On the AT&T Galaxy S4, the bluetooth headset button near the red "End Call" button is NOT greyed out.
2. Verizon Bluetooth/Headset Dialer - Notice how the "Headset" button is greyed out. The Verizon Galaxy S4 does not have the ability to swap between the two unless you unplug the aux input from the phone.
There are other differences. But I felt that the above was reason alone to get the phone for AT&T. My story about switching to Verizon is below:
I waited until the 23rd to switch to Verizon and the anticipation was killing me. It was a drop kick to the face when I tried to port my number. Verizon took literally over 2 hours to port my number because they ported the number to the wrong phone and almost lost another number on my account.
I noticed the phone was lacking features so I called Verizon who then told me to call Samsung. After a constant battle back and forth, I finally called Jay at Tier 2 tech support who conferenced in Samsung. According to Samsung, Verizon pulls features on their own. It was not Samsung! Jay confirmed this and encouraged me to switch to AT&T.
Thanks Jay, im porting my number tomorrow. I appreciate your honesty and encourage anyone who is thinking of purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S4 for Verizon to choose AT&T. I don't think I need to provide any reason other than AT&T is much much cheaper, AT&T phones can be easily swapped by removing and reinserting a SIM Card, and AT&T 3G provides Data and Voice capabilities simultaneously.