Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be launched on May 31

If you want to buy a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ in the US, but you don't want to tie your (wireless) life to any particular carrier, you should be happy to know that unlocked variants of both handsets will be officially available starting May 31.

Apparently, the only authorized locations to sell unlocked S8 units are Best Buy stores and Best Buy's website - in addition to Samsung's own US website. This explains why you may be seeing unlocked S8 and S8+ phones offered by other retailers at higher prices.

Speaking of prices, an unlocked Galaxy S8 costs $724.99, while the unlocked Galaxy S8+ is offered for $824.99. Both smartphones are already available to pre-order from Best Buy and Samsung, coming with a free Entertainment Kit (including a Clear View cover, a 64 GB Samsung EVO+ microSD card, and six months of Netflix). 

We have to note that you can only get the unlocked handsets in Midnight Black, and it's not clear if Samsung plans to offer other color variants anytime soon - thus, if you need an S8 in silver or gray, you will just have to purchase it from a carrier.

So, do you plan to get yourself an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+?

sources: Samsung, Best Buy (S8, S8+), Press release

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

yeah...after that stunt they pulled with the unlocked S7 edge. I think not!! Can't wait for T-Mobile to 'allow' the Android O update next year

4. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

what was the stunt they pulled? I skipped the s7 to get the s8 and planning to get an unlocked one. thanks

2. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

No thanks, my S8 SM-G950F is leaving Clove in England today 2 year warranty fast updates (for Samsung atleast), downloading unlocked German firmware in the hopes I can get Samsung Pay working. For those on ATT or an ATT MNVO this is your best option unless you really want Samsung Pay to work for sure.

3. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I'm getting ready to sell my S7 Edge now I'm torn between the unlocked s8 and the Blackberry Keyone since they both release on the same day.

6. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

IT'S A TRAP!!!! Ask anyone who bought an unlocked S7 or S7 Edge.

7. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

why is it a trap?

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