US carrier offers the Samsung Galaxy S8 for free, but there's a catch

US carrier offers the Samsung Galaxy S8 for free, but there's a catch
It's not uncommon for carriers to offer customers good deals on items that are available for pre-orders, but here is one that's quite unusual.

U.S. Cellular now offers Samsung's flagship, the Galaxy S8 for free or you can have it for $675 outright. However, if you want it for free, you'll have to commit to a 30-month service. The deal is only available for the regular Galaxy S8, not for its bigger brother.

Obviously, you'll also be getting the Gear VR with Controller for free since you're purchasing the Galaxy S8, but the real question is how many customers want to sign up for a 2 and a half years commitment.

If that doesn't bother you, U.S. Cellular's deal is no short of awesome, especially that it's meant to offer those who can't afford to pay the full price a way to experience the goodness Samsung's new flagship are said to provide users.

It's also worth mentioning that this doesn't seem to be a limited time offer, so you take your time and think about how it will fit your needs.

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

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24 Comments

1. raky_b

Posts: 369; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

is there anyone in US tha can't afford S8!? if there is, they even don't need it...it is not a device for everyone. anyway...too bad Samsung is good just to you guys there, so you are getting GearVR for free (i don't need it) it would be nice if they would offer same to all buyers allover the world. same goes to "99$ gift box"....only for US, for us who are not there....who care

2. mikehunta727 unregistered

Plenty of people in the US can't really afford the S8 or these expensive flagships unfortunately

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 6638; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, the phone costs 30$/month; us citizens make, on average, 20-30k$/year, how come they can't afford this phone?

14. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

The real question: How come people are stupid enough to PAY for phones that were free on 2 year contracts just a few years ago? How come they are stupid enough to pay $700+++ for a $200 phone? Get a clue.

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 6638; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Phones were free with 100$/month price plan, now they cost some money for 50$ price plans; you do the math.

22. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

WRONG. Do YOUR math. I was paying less than $60 a month for unlimited everything, and getting a free phone with a 2 year contract. People paying $700+ for these gimped phones with sealed batteries and glass construction are morons.

24. Leo_MC

Posts: 6638; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

What phone, a J-series or a P-lite?

15. matistight

Posts: 927; Member since: May 13, 2009

Then don't buy it. That is what raky_b is saying, he is stating the obvious.

5. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

There's a reason why we had subsidies for a number of years and now payment plans - people can't afford the prices of the phones. Apple nor Samsung would be able to sell anywhere near the volume they currently do now without them.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

White privilege! Jk

10. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Free with contract should be the STANDARD deal. Moronic sheep are buying these phone when they were free just a few years ago. Now, greedy pig American carriers want to charge us 2-3 TIMES what the Euros have been paying AND they now want us to pay FULL RETAIL for the free phones TOO. All the below prove the average consumers are stupid sheep: paying $700++ for a phone that costs less than $200 removal of the QWERTY keyboard deletion of the removable battery removal of microSD removal of shatter free constuction removal of free phones for 2 year contracts etc, etc etc.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Free phones on contract was the biggest anti-consumer deal. No such thing as free. You pay the price of the phone in the 2 year contract. And if you got a cheap phone? You still paid the same price as the guy that got the expensive phone at a steep discount. You just paid more for less. It's no coincidence that prices for plans have fallen DRAMATICALLY since the phone cost has been removed.

23. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Plan costs have NOT dropped. I'm still paying around $60 a month for unlimited everything like I always have. Only difference is these greedy carriers now demand I spend $700+ for a gimped phone from that costs these evil manufacturers less than $200. Unlike most,I say NO because I'm not moronic sheep.

21. dubzgb

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

""Free with contract should be the STANDARD deal. Moronic sheep are buying these phone when they were free just a few years ago. Now, greedy pig American carriers want to charge us 2-3 TIMES what the Euros have been paying AND they now want us to pay FULL RETAIL for the free phones TOO. All the below prove the average consumers are stupid sheep: paying $700++ for a phone that costs less than $200 removal of the QWERTY keyboard deletion of the removable battery removal of microSD removal of shatter free constuction removal of free phones for 2 year contracts etc, etc etc."" You do realize that when carriers sold phones for $100/$200 that they were selling them at a loss right?? The premium flagship phones arent cheap to make and with the cost of plans decreasing the manufacturers need to make money to continue R & D for innovation, product testing and all those things we ask as consumers for companies like apple and samsung to do. Could they be cheaper than $700, $800? sure, but we are the ones begging for the new phone with all the new features and creating, manufacturing and distribution of those phones isnt cheap. I assure you if you want a $70 phone go buy a samsung j3. You have that option but to sit there and call people sheeps and morons like you know what the hell you're talking about...well you truly dont so take your whiney, never satisfied , trolling ass elsewhere.

3. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

There's always a cost for free.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I rarely keep my phone for a year, so no.

8. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Can you just keep the SIM , buy with cash new phone next year, put the SIM inside with same contract, and then sell the GS8? The money you get will be a clear profit,

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a good question, but I honestly don't know.

6. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

What does it means​ that you you will have to commit to a 30 month service? Please

12. andynaija

Posts: 1252; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Look up the definition for the word commit.

9. Unordinary unregistered

Anything to push sales for OEMs

13. btbotimtim

Posts: 271; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

if tmobile offers it now, i will take it cuz i like my plan. i will highly likely stay on tmo's network.

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nice incentive from US Cellular. It should boost sales quite well.

20. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Yeah, just look at your monthly bill later, it'll be like you used half a months worth of data for the fraction of a week...

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