updated 05:45 pm EDT, Sat June 29, 2013
Extra 16GB of storage available for $100 more
Verizon is now offering a 32GB version of Samsung's latest flagship handset in its online store for $299. The carrier announced the availability of the 32GB model on Friday, noting that orders for the device will begin shipping by July 3. The company also offers a 16GB version of the device for $199.
In order to take advantage of the $299 pricing, customers must sign up for a new two-year contract. That pricing is available following a $50 mail-in rebate. The phone will be available both online and in Verizon Wireless stores.
The 32GB version will give users much more space to store music, movies, and apps. Due to the software and features Samsung built atop the Android operating system, the 16GB model had only 55 percent of its memory available to users when it was released. Following user complaints, Samsung initially advised users to expand the memory of the device with a microSD card, though the company eventually began rolling out a software update to free up a few hundred megabytes and to allow for apps to be stored on a microSD card.