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The unlocked versions of these award-winning phones offer the same cutting-edge innovation as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launched in late April. Featuring an Infinity Display with near bezel-less design, the phones lead industry innovation and boast smarter performance with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Consumers can choose from the 5.8-inch ($724.99) or 6.2-inch models ($824.99), available in Midnight Black. All of this is built upon the Galaxy foundation of IP68 water and dust resistance1, MicroSD2 support up to 256GB, Always-on display and fast3 and wireless charging, as well as fewer preloaded apps out of the box.
When you insert the SIM card correctly into your S8, if nothing happens, your phone is unlocked. However, if you receive one of the warning messages such as Emergency Calls Only, Network Locked, Enter Network Lock Control Key, or SIM Network Unlock PIN, then your phone really is locked.
May 31, 2017Samsung today made unlocked versions of its flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones available for sale. People interested in the unlocked phones can pick them up at select Best Buy retail stores, as well as BestBuy.com and Samsung.com.
The Korean electronics giant has opened U.S. pre-orders for the unlocked versions of the gorgeous Android phones. That's the superior version that's not carrier-locked, works abroad, and most importantly, doesn't come with any carrier bloatware.
The unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available for pre-order in the U.S. exclusively at Best Buy and Samsung.com at $724.99 for the S8 or $824.99 for the larger S8+ and launch online and in stores on May 31. Customers can also buy the phones with Samsung financing for $30.21 per month (S8) or $34.38 per month (S8+).
Slowly but surely, Samsung is doing a better job of offering and promoting its unlocked phone options. With each year of Galaxy S phones on U.S. carriers we get a closer launch of the U.S. unlocked variants, and the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are prominently displayed as being available unlocked on Samsung's website.
We so often preach the importance of looking for an unlocked phone rather than going directly to a carrier, but perhaps don't always enumerate the benefits. Here's what you can look forward to when buying a Galaxy S8 or S8+ unlocked directly from Samsung.
When you buy unlocked directly from Samsung, you don't get any of that. We wish we weren't all subjected to this time after time, but the carriers continue to leverage their market dominance by adding in all of these apps, and the only way to avoid them is skipping their sales channel altogether.
Even though the unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ don't have any of the carrier software or apps pre-loaded on them, Samsung has still done the work to certify that they will work fully on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. That means you don't have to worry about compatibility when popping in your SIM, or switching between carriers in the future.
Carriers moved away from two-year contracts, but found a new way to lock us in: financing plans. Now, people are so often incentivized to buy from carriers just so they can pay off their phone over time. But when buying a Galaxy S8 or S8+ unlocked, you actually have the same sort of offering from Samsung and Best Buy.
For as much as we dislike what carriers do to phones, they do still sometimes offer really good deals on phones. If you're looking to get a discount on service, a buy-one-get-one deal or maybe a gift card rebate of some kind, you're most likely to find that at a carrier rather than buying unlocked.
If you like your Android updates to be as timely as possible (at least for Samsung), then you might be wary of picking up an unlocked Galaxy S8 or S8+, given the fact that their predecessors were long ignored by their maker on the software front.
But if you don't care about any of that and just don't want to pick an S8 or S8+ up from a carrier, Best Buy already has some deals for you on the unlocked units. These launched stateside at the end of May, but it looks like some people have already returned some phones without actually having used them.
That's because Best Buy is offering "open box" deals on both, with the devices said to be in excellent condition, looking brand new and coming with all the original accessories. If you go this route, the unlocked S8 can be yours for just $637.99, which is $87 less than the normal price of $724.99. For the S8+, you'll only pay $725.99, saving a cool $99 in the process. These open box units can be ordered online and delivered to you via free standard shipping. There is however no telling how many are available, so make sure you act fast if you find this offer interesting.
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today the U.S. network unlocked versions of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are now available for pre-order exclusively at Best Buy, and on BestBuy.com and Samsung.com. As part of the Unlocked by Samsung category, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ can be used on most U.S. and international networks giving consumers more control over how they use their smartphone. Both models will be available in store and online on May 31, 2017 at Best Buy, BestBuy.com and Samsung.com.
Samsung is currently selling the unlocked Galaxy S8 for $499.99 ($100 off) and the unlocked Galaxy S8+ (opens in new tab) for $589.99 ($100 off). Trade in your old device and Samsung will take $50 to $300 off the cost of your new Galaxy phone.
The eCommerce giant has the Galaxy S8 (opens in new tab) unlocked for $359 ($140 off), whereas the S8+ (opens in new tab) is selling for $381 ($200 off). Both are significantly cheaper than Samsung's direct price, so Amazon is your best bet.
Best Buy also has some Samsung phone deals you can take advantage of. For a limited time, you can get the unlocked Galaxy S8 (opens in new tab) on sale for $399.99 with activation on the Sprint network.If you choose to activate your device on the AT&T or Verizon network, you'll pay $449.99 for the Galaxy S9.Best Buy no longer offers the Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy S8 Active.
Currently, Sprint sells the unlocked Galaxy S8 is priced at $499.99 ($100 off) whereas the unlocked Galaxy S8+ is now $589.99 ($100 off). If you trade in an old device, you'll get up to $300 toward your new S8.
Sprint offers the Galaxy S8 for $20.84/month with the option to upgrade after 18 monthly payments. Alternatively, you can purchase it outright for $499.99, which is the same price as Samsung's unlocked price.The S8+ is no longer in stock at Sprint.
Samsung kicked off this month's security patch rollout last week with the budget Galaxy A50. Within days of that release, some of its recent S Pen-clad flagships are also being bumped to the latest Android security level. Alongside their international variants, the US Note20 and Note10 series have started getting the October update, starting with the unlocked models.
An OTA update is already reaching the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Note20, Note10+, and the Note10 in the US. Only their unlocked models are currently receiving the build, but given Samsung's performance in the last couple of months, you can expect the carrier variants and other Galaxy phones to follow suit pretty soon. With the limited information available right now, we can't really say what else these updates are bringing to the table, apart from the new patches. 781b155fdc