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Unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available for pre-order in the US

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Unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available for pre-order in the US

B&H is now taking pre-orders for the unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. As you may know, the two flagships are officially hitting the shelves today in the US and many other countries, but only the carrier-locked variants are currently available for purchase in the States. 

The store has put a hefty price tag on the pair. The smaller 64 GB Galaxy S8 goes for $829.99, while the larger S8+ with the same amount of internal storage is at $929.99. Shipping is set to commence at the "beginning of May", which is quite early. Last year, the unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge didn't show up in the US until June.

Best Buy will also sell unlocked variants of Samsung's 2017 flagship duo. The retail chain will start taking pre-orders on May 9th and will offer the two phones at noticeably lower prices - $724.99 for the 64 GB Galaxy S8, and $824.99 for the S8+. 

These unlocked versions will theoretically allow you to choose any carrier and plan (even CDMA ones like Verizon or Sprint), but keep in mind that each telecom has its own rules and regulations regarding the matter. Furthermore, both unlocked models won't have any bloatware installed which is a nice little advantage over the carrier variants. 

source: B&H 1, 2 | Best Buy 1, 2

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posted on 21 Apr 2017, 06:05 3

1. kabel (Posts: 105; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

The unlocked in USA are worthless because Samsung doesn't update them. Last year I got the Olympic edition and regretted getting it because super late updates. Still no nougat ...

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 23:22

8. Highside (Posts: 165; Member since: 31 Jan 2017)

This prices are a F-ing ridiculous.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 09:45

2. Sakeem (Posts: 607; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

Not too bad of a price at Best Buy.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 17:00

5. sissy246 (Posts: 3927; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

Maybe not always but, Best Buy seams to always have the best prices. And they almost always give a gift card anywhere from $ 100 to $250

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 14:59 1

3. haydenb (Posts: 61; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)

for those thinking they'll get updates faster you'll get them faster through a carrier. I have an unlocked S7 edge and Samsung does not update them yeah it got up dated to the March security patch a couple weeks ago but still on marshmallow. My Axon 7 has already been updated to 7.1.1

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 16:05

4. btbotimtim (Posts: 255; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

my tmobile s8 is sm-g950u instead of 950t. i have not testes it but i guess it is unlocked version.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 17:05

6. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Overpriced if you ask me. At least Samsung has finally gone the universally unlocked route like Apple and Google has done.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 22:24

7. MKeditor (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

Kabel and haydenb are right. I had an unlocked S7 Edge and Samsung still hasn't updated it to naugat. We paid the highest price yet received the least service. It will be a cold day in hell before I buy an unlocked from Samsung again.

posted on 07 May 2017, 06:57

9. haydenb (Posts: 61; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)

I was finally able to update to nougat but you have to use smartswitch its not an OTA

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