Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II now available for Stateside use on AT&T and T-Mobile

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II now available for Stateside use on AT&T and T-Mobile
Want the Samsung Galaxy S II so badly that you can't wait for it to be offered by your carrier? Well, if you are an AT&T or T-Mobile customer and don't mind spending the money, an unlocked version of the phone offered right now by Newegg will let you use the pipelines belonging to the two GSM mobile operators (although AT&T users will have 3G only). The unit, available from the retailer for $649.99, has quad-band GSM (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) and quad-band UMTS (850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100) connectivity. And for those Canadians who don't want to buy the phone from Virgin Mobile or Bell, Newegg Canada is offering an unlocked model for the same price.

Besides having to pay an unsubsidized price for the phone, you could also be missing out on certain design changes. For example, as we reported, the Samsung Hercules is expected to come to T-Mobile and there is speculation that the phone-with its larger 4.5 inch display-is a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II for the nation's fourth largest carrier. 

We recently told you that speculation was centering on Verizon becoming the first carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy S II with a possible August 12th launch date. With that day increasingly becoming more unlikely for the release of this summer's hottest smartphone, the most likely scenario now is a September launch. And don't forget, the recently leaked Verizon roadmap mentioned a September launch of the Samsung Stratosphere, a phone with specs that exactly match those of the Galaxy S II.

source: Newegg via UnwiredView

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Galaxy S II
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)



1. Irad123

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I can almost sniff the SGSII coming to the U.S. Come to papa!

2. John unregistered

Although it seems unlikely that the SGSII will come out for Verizon on the 12th, I really hope it does it would be great timing, if it is in September I'm going to be pretty bummed.

3. koreampuff unregistered

I think you mean T-Mobile users will have 3g only.

4. Tenko unregistered

No, it's AT&T 3G only. T-Mobile uses AWS (1700/2100).

5. chris23

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

No, they are correct about the phone being At&T 3G only. i looked at the reviews and on Newegg.com there is always one person that doesnt read the description of the specs and leaves a negative review because the phone runs on edge only. And that was the case for some poor fellow T-mobile member

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Its true. Tmo uses their own 3g/4g signals. If samsung would just release a darn GSM world phone with all signals Id grab one full retail. Im 80% sure im skipping out on the Hercules since it runs with a darn Snapdragon instead of a Exynos core according to rumors. Let the specs be wrong!!!!! lol

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i see taco is following me and thumbing down anything I say today.. lol.. every comment ive made no matter what has gotten a thumbs down.. oh man... i think im gonna cry!! oh those thumbs down hurt me so bad!!! lololol frikkin troll

23. TOdoubleD

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

Taco would thumb down his own family, if uncle Steve told him to! LOL.

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh im sure he'd do more than that if ol stevey commanded it of him. :)

6. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

meh, i bought mine when i was in england in july. also, it works on AT&T 3G. its awesome as usual

7. fatgurl unregistered

Who ever thumbed down wassup is just jealous cuz they haven't gone to the uk and dnt have a Samsung galaxy s2..

8. StormTrooper626 unregistered

This is a little late guys. I have had a GS2 from expansis usa since may.

9. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Unlocked = no carrier bulls**t. It's worth every penny.

13. dj unregistered

you mean you dont like us carrier variants that are bulkier and have cool names such as hercules or within?

11. Go_fast unregistered

Where is the 32gb model??

12. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

This makes no sense at all. Why not make a phone with ALL 3G bands?? More people will buy which = more money for samung.

14. astarling10 unregistered

I've had the S II for over a month and I bought it from new egg and it works great on ATT. Not sure why this its news now. It its a great phone though.

16. what the unregistered

I highly doubt they would piss of the american audience any more they know theyre behind schedule and any more postponing and i will just get the next best thing as will many other consumers.

17. ltr unregistered

Being in EDGE aint too bad, a little faster then Evdo. I had a unlocked Galaxy1 year ago, THe Wifi is great.

18. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

I'm still waiting for this sexy monster, I don't care if I have to wait another month if I have to. No phone is worth 650.00 in my honest opinion lol. I also like reading reviews on things instead of just buying it because it is new. No problems are nice. :)

19. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

I have a question. Does AT&T 15 dollar unlimited non-smartphone data work on unlocked phones? specifically, unlocked non-branded smartphones? $5.99 t-zones works on unlocked sensation. unlocked phones are a bit more expensive but worth it over time if cheap data works.


Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Eh.. All my fellow Verizon Campers.. You know this phone is not going to have hdmi out ( without an adaptor..) and no 4G radio right ?.. And... You do understand its not coming until Quarter One 2012 right? Right along with Ice Cream Sandwhich.... That's why I decided a month ago to go with a Droid Charge.. Its now Rooted Runny Gummy and damn fast.. For me.. The mid 2012 upgraded G2S2 running at 1.5mhz might be worth a look.. By then all the bugs will be out of it.. It will have 4G.. And the Ice Cream Sandwhich operating system should have plenty of Mods and be running smooth as silk... Until then, My Rooted Droid Charge is more than capable.. Running Gingerbread 2,3.4 and Nexflix Heaven with the Super Amoled Plus Screen Baby!

21. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

And your sources for all this information? Whoever told you Q1 2012 is either a liar or does not know what they're talking about. Not that the Droid Charge isn't a good phone (because it is the best of Verizon's current line up) but I'd still take the SGSII over the Droid Charge.

24. sgsii unregistered

I have mine since June 1 on AT&T and it works great. If you have a 4g plan the phone will do UMTS+. I live in a town that is not 4g yet and I get about 2.5 to 3.0 mb down but I just went to San Diego and I tested it and got 10.00 mb. so its 4g not just 3g although, its not LTE.

25. Jeff unregistered

26. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

$30? too expensive.


Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Argh! Why is this freakin phone taking forever to get to USA?!?!? Almost everyone in the world has it but us. This is starting to get old!

29. Oseis unregistered

AT&T "4G" HSPA+ works on the SGS2 with some minor tweaking of the APN's. http://androidcommunity.com/devs-get-galaxy-s-ii-up-to-full-speed-on-atts-hspa-network-20110629/

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