US Cellular, coming just as was expected, has officially begun accepting pre-orders for the Samsung GALAXY S 4. This comes in addition to the pre-orders with AT&T, however while they both have the handset priced the same, US Cellular is offering a perk for those who pre-order. Basically, US Cellular is giving a free S View Flip Cover.
The US Cellular GALAXY S 4 is priced at $199.99 on a two-year agreement and the handset is available in Frost White or Black Mist. And just to clarify, this is the 16GB model. Otherwise, US Cellular has the full retail price of the handset noted as $749.99. Basically, we suspect most, if not all of the US Cellular customers choosing the GALAXY S 4 will go the on-contract route. But in the end, we suppose it is nice to have the option.
In terms of the free cover offer, the carrier has this noted as being available while supplies last. It also appears as of you will get a color that matches your device. Simply put, if you order the white GALAXY S 4, you will get a white S View Flip Cover. The fine print for the flip cover offer also states they may be sent separately from the device and that they will automatically be added to the orders.
Otherwise, unlike AT&T, US Cellular has yet to announce a specific shipping date for the GALAXY S 4. Details on the US Cellular pre-order page note that the GALAXY S 4 is "scheduled to ship approximately 4 weeks from pre-order start date (April 16, 2013)" and that those who place a pre-order can expect to have their credit card charged within 72 hours from when you place the order.
[via US Cellular]