When Samsung unveiled their shiny new flagship smartphone, the GALAXY S 4, many were excited to see it had options for 16, 32, and 64GB of internal storage and an SD slot. Sadly the situation regarding what carriers will have those options have been a mess. AT&T has the exclusive in the U.S. on the 64GB model, and we haven’t heard a peep from Verizon as to if they’ll even offer the 32GB flavor.
While we can’t base what we hear from one carrier for the others, it’s safe to say the 32GB model might be a bit hard to come by for most. US Cellular confirmed today that they in fact will only be carrying the 16GB model, which sadly only has around 8.5GB of usable storage out of the box. All those high-powered S-features take up more space than most.
Samsung themselves even confirmed that the 16GB version will only have about half the internal storage available to the end user, thanks to those powerful new features they’ve included. So, if you need additional storage US Cellular might not be the best choice, or you’ll have to snag a micro-SD slot. Hey, at least this isn’t an 8GB Nexus 4 – that was just a terrible idea Google and LG. 16GB should be the standard minimum these days.
“At this time we don’t have plans to carry the 32GB or 64GB versions of the Galaxy S 4” – US Cellular
The folks from GottaBeMobile reached out to the carrier regarding device availability, and the quote above was received in return. They did make it clear that micro-SD slots were available. So it doesn’t look like they’ll have any different options. Then, AT&T only has the 16GB model available, and it’s starting to slowly but surely look like supply issues might cause a delay in the 32 and 64GB models, for most carriers.