I know you are asking about the Active but with the Motorola X around the corner I might just hold off. Maybe get a dumbphone between now and then. I love Motorola hardware and can't wait to see what the bring with the X.Quote:
Current phone KIA, is there currently any way to get the Galaxy S4 Active onto a Verizon plan? I would easily pay full price for one if I knew I would be able to unlock it for use with Verizon. I was already looking at the regular 4S but really need a water PROOF solution. The Galaxy S4 Active is perfect sans Verizon option and I don't really have the option to wait for its unlikely announcement on Verizon.
EDIT: Did the research and discovered that because AT&T uses a GSM network (with SIM cards) and Verizon is a CDMA network (No SIM, stupid protocol) the AT&T version of the Galaxy 4S would NEVER work on Verizon's network. Because the flexibility of GSM's SIM cards (and because GSM is more globally excepted) Google Play Store editions of the Galaxy S4 Active are very very very likely to be compatible with GSM and NOT CDMA.
Long story short, if you want the Galaxy S4 Active on the Verizon network your ONLY option is to wait for it to become available either from Verizon OR direct from Samsung as a Developer CDMA Edition (at full retail price).
If, like me, you're looking at the Galaxy S4 but need a pretty solid water proofing system check out Liquipel (no affiliation). The 2012 product was simply a resistant coating but their improved 2013 product offers full water proofing with an Ingress Protection Level of 7 (meaning 1 meter depth of water for 30 minutes - non-use). That should be sufficient for rainy days, sneaky puddles, and forgetting to take your pants off before showering.
I hope this information helps at least one other person out. I'm now stuck with the dilemma of getting the S4 on Verizon (CDMA) or AT&T (GSM). =_=