Unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now available for preorder in the US

The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ are officially launching today in the US, but only the carrier variants are available for purchase. Those who are planning to buy the unlocked variant of one of these smartphones in the country will have to wait for a bit longer. However, they can place pre-orders starting today.

Customers in the US can place preorders for unlocked variants of the Galaxy S8 ($829.99) and S8+ ($929.99) through B&H, and the shipments will begin next month. Best Buy had previously mentioned that it would start selling the unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ from May 9 for $724.99 and $824.99, respectively.

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2 months 2 days ago

Samsung had such a great chance to really flex it’s muscles against the Carrier machine and show them how to keep a device not just updated but running the latest firmware far ahead of them. Here in the US, however, Samsung had treated it’s Unlocked Consumers like they don’t exist.
We have heard promise of a recent shift in the way these devices are going to be maintained, but have yet to see any real proof of this change since not only are we still on Marshmallow 6.0.1, but we are also waiting for the release of the April Security Update.
Samsung’s own website and forums for it’s products is exploding with multiple threads expressing the loss of trust in Samsung’s Security Policy and it’s commitment to maintaining their US Unlocked editions. The device was released with it originally scheduled for quarterly updates, but nowhere in any way did they publicly release that information. It was only made aware because the US Unlocked Community on the Official Samsung website revolted condemning Samsung for their failure to keep the device secure. Since, it has been said by Samsung that they have resolved some issues preventing the release of the updates to the US Unlocked editions and will be releasing them monthly. I’m on the March 1st Security Patch Level at the moment.

If you want a device that receives regular monthly patches, you will likely not be satisfied with the Unlocked S8s in the US.
However, for all it’s shortcomings, the US Unlocked S7′s typically have better battery life and without the burden of all the carriers bloatware, tend to out perform the Carrier hacked editions. So, buyers beware. Think about what you expect from the Unlocked edition. Speedy Updates, look at the carriers’ versions. Speedy performance and no carrier bloat, but willing to wait perhaps indefinitely for updates and OS upgrades, you may be ok.

2 months 3 days ago

DO NOT BUY THE UNLOCKED VERSION…it will never be updated and this website should be reporting that! Bad form Sammobile…bad form

2 months 4 days ago

*Stares at this article on his unlocked Galaxy S7 that Samsung still hasn’t updated to Nougat or given any info as to when or even if they will update it.

*closes article and walks away

2 months 4 days ago

I would rather pre-order one of the new hands-free device holders in the photo!

Wander Guzman
2 months 4 days ago

I would be an idiot if I make the same mistake again. After their update fiasco.

il buono
2 months 4 days ago

It’s important to note that B&H is advertising this as GSM only, compared to Best Buy which mentioned both CDMA & GSM capabilities. That likely means B&H is selling the international model (Exynos) and is likely why the pricing is so different from Best Buy’s U.S. unlocked variant with the SD835.

2 months 4 days ago

Good catch. This is most likely the international model. So not sure why anyone would want this one given it’s more limited support and being more expensive.

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