The Samsung Galaxy S4 showed up on the Straight Talk Website yesterday for $599.99. While that's a steep price, it's actually a bit less than than the $649.99 and $627.99 full retail price that AT&T and T-Mobile respectively charge.
While all of Straight Talk's previous Android phones run on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint it looks like the S4 is on the T-Mobile network. Here's why. The Straight Talk S4's S970G model number ends in "G" meaning GSM which rules out Sprint or Verizon. The S4 is only seems to be available on the Straight Talk Website in T-Mobile markets like San Francisco (zip code 94102) or New York City (zip code 10001). If you enter a zip code for an area that has AT&T coverage, but not T-Mobile, like Brady, TX (76825) or Jamestown, MO (65046) the S4 is not available.
Unless the Website's market availability system is miss-coded, which is possible but unlikely, the S4 is Straight Talk's first Android phone to use the T-Mobile network. In what appears to be another first, the Straight Talk site advertises that the S4 supports 4G LTE. Up to now Straight Talk users with T-Mobile BYOP SIMs have not had LTE access. If the Straight Talk S4 really does get LTE, that means it might now be possible to get LTE with Straight Talk BYOP SIMS in other phones.
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