Samsung announced its 2013 flagship smartphone on March 14th. The device started shipping to most markets globally on April 26th. On that same day it is when the device was introduced to the African continent. It will be available locally from May 7th. Are you interested in grabbing one of the most anticipated smartphones this year? Well, read on to find more details. I have been digging up all the info I can get about the Galaxy S4’s availability and any exciting offers you can get.
Safaricom had offered its customers and any other interested parties a pre-order deal whereby one would pay Ksh 15,000 at the Safaricom Shop at Westgate and pay the remainder as soon the device is available then pick it up. The total cost would be Ksh 57,999. The deal also included 4.5 GB of data bundled with the device for free (to be delivered in bits of 1.5 GB monthly for 3 months). Sadly, if you didn’t rush to pre-order the new beast then you are out of luck as far as pre-orders go. Safaricom has closed the pre-orders as can be seen on the pre-order microsite.
Get over the shock that you have been locked out of Safaricom’s pre-order deal. If you are an Airtel customer or just about any other guy interested in landing the best Galaxy S4 pre-order deal then you’ll like what Airtel Kenya has to offer.
Just pay the Airtel Kenya pre-order microsite a visit, fill in the required details, pay using the payment options provided and then walk into any of the below listed Airtel stores once the Galaxy S4 is available to pick your new Life Companion. It will cost you Ksh 56,999. However, this could fall back to Ksh 52,999 (or Ksh 4,000 less) if you pay using Airtel’s mobile money transfer service, Airtel Money.
|Westgate Mall, Westlands, Nairobi|
|Sarit Centre, Westlands, Nairobi|
|Uniafric House, Koinange Street, Nairobi|
|Parkside Towers (Airtel Kenya HQ), Mombasa Road, Nairobi|
|Khamisi House, Moi Avenue, Mombasa|
|Talktime Promotions, Tivoli Centre, Kisumu|
|Ninis ltd, Lams Building, Kenyatta Avenue, Nakuru|
|Rumarco, Barng’etuny Plaza, Eldoret|
|Anagas, Bati House, Nyeri|
The Airtel Kenya pre-order deal comes with 21 GB data bundled.
Official Retail Price
If you miss out on the above listed pre-order deals from two of Kenya’s largest telecommunication service providers by subscriber base then you’ll have to buy the Galaxy S4 at the recommended retail price of Ksh 65,000 anywhere in the country where the device will be retailing.
Specs & Other Info
I got you covered long time ago. Check the specs here.
If you have second thoughts you can check why I think you should really consider the Galaxy S4 here.
I’ll be sharing more details about the Galaxy S4 in due course (including a full review of the device).
**UPDATE** 6th May 2013
The Galaxy S4 is now available in all Safaricom shops in Kenya. It has been in stock since Saturday, 4th May 2013. I have no information about availability in Airtel shops but after the official Kenyan launch tomorrow (7th May), the device should be available everywhere in the country. Also the pre-orders should all be closed by now so your best bet is getting the Galaxy S4 at the recommended retail price stated above.
**UPDATE** 9th May 2013
The Galaxy S4 was officially launched locally at a colourful launch event at the Nairobi Serena hotel on the morning of May 7th by Samsung East Africa’s COO, Robert Ngeru.
Hot on the heels of the local availability of the Galaxy S4 is a series of goodies and offers from Samsung. You can now get a free flip cover with your purchase of the Galaxy S4 at specific locations. I don’t know for how long this offer will be there but kniowing that the flip covers will set you back a couple of bucks, you better hurry up and grab your Galaxy S4 with its new free flip cover. Go to the Galaxy S4 microsite and enter your details i.e name, ID number, phone number and select the shop where you want to buy your S4 and also pick the flip cover.
**UPDATE** 19th May 2013
For the past one week, Orange Kenya has joined Airtel and Safaricom in offering the Samsung Galaxy S4 through their Orange shops in major towns in the country.
Orange has a promotion as of now whereby you can buy the Galaxy S4 for Ksh 57,999 from Orange shops in Nairobi (Orange Mega Shop opposite All Saints Cathedral, Sarit Centre, Westgate Shopping Mall and T-Mall), Mombasa (Orange Shop on Moi Avenue and Nyali) and Kisumu. You’ll also get a free Orange SIM card preloaded with 2 GB data split over 2 months i.e. 500 MB data per month.
Alternatively, you can get the Galaxy S4 at the recommended retail price of Ksh 64,999 from Orange in the above stated outlets and get more data i.e an Orange SIM card with 10 GB for 3 months.
The promotional price of Ksh 57,999 is valid until 24th May so hurry and get a good deal if you may.