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Samsung S7 Best Buy Unlocked

I currently have a galaxy s7 edge which I purchased from abroad, and all I had to do to use it in the US was buy a SIM card (which I did from At&t). I'm looking to buy the galaxy s10 and use it in the US and when I travel internationally, therefore, I'm looking for an unlocked phone.

samsung s7 best buy unlocked

2. Yes, you are certainly correct. An unlocked device does not require activation at checkout and should work simply by inserting a SIM card from a compatible carrier but the added discount is an incentive provided, usually by the carrier, so that customers can activate the device on their network at checkout.

The unlocked versions of these smartphones offer the same cutting-edge design and innovative features as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge launched earlier this year. With water and dust resistance, an advanced camera, fast wireless charging, Always-On Display, Samsung KNOX and unparalleled connectivity to a galaxy of products, services and experiences, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are redefining what users can do with their smartphones.

From charging up to holding the charge, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge deliver the best battery experience of any Galaxy device. Fast wired and wireless charging allow users to charge their devices quickly, and the large battery capacity of 3,000 mAh for the Galaxy S7 and 3,600 mAh for the Galaxy S7 edge gives users the power to keep going all day long.

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This phone will be identical to the other US GS7 variants except for the color. That means you're looking at a Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage with a microSD card. The phone is supposed to go on sale August 28th as an unlocked device. That means it will work on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon in the US. Pricing should be the same as the other unlocked colors, so a little over $600 and $700 for the GS7 and GS7 Edge, respectively. The specifics are somewhat fuzzy at the moment, though.

Best Buy's website appears to list carrier versions of the pink gold phone too. In fact, the AT&T version is showing as available for purchase today. The Edge variants of these phones on the Best Buy site have a free Gear Fit2 included. The unlocked phone should come with a $150 gift card.

We reached out to Samsung to see what was going on with the carrier listings on the Best Buy website. Apparently, reports of an unlocked version of this phone were greatly exaggerated. It will only be available on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon as carrier-branded devices via Best Buy. There is no unlocked version.

Samsung has some attractive carrier offers if you don't need an unlocked model, with as much as $1,000 off with an eligible trade-in. Finally, many of these offers can be further enhanced with discounts for students, educators, first responders, government workers and military members, veterans and their families (see Samsung's site for discount details).

Best Buy is offering savings on both unlocked and carrier models of the S23 lineup right now. If you don't want to be tied to a carrier, you can save $50 on the base model Galaxy S23, or $100 on the S23 Plus and Ultra. Best Buy claims you have to choose same-activation to get the discount, but the same price is available when you choose activate later. Best Buy also has its own trade-in program where you can score up to $600 off.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge is, overall, our favorite mobile phone in America today; the smaller Galaxy S7 has been my personal phone of choice for a while now. But Samsung made a pair of good phones even better recently by announcing factory-unlocked versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, designed for all four major U.S. networks.

But because unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 phones have been so in demand, there are a lot of gray-market, European or Asian models floating around. These lack some of the US frequency bands, which means they won't be at their best on our networks. It can be very hard to tell which model to get. Even Samsung buries the units on its own website, making them hard to find.

The key is to look for the model numbers SM-G930U (for the S7) or SM-G935U (for the Edge). That "U" is very important. You'll see a lot of phones with model numbers like 930F or 930A. Those are not the factory unlocked US model. You need the "U" at the end.

Here are some direct links for how to buy these unlocked phones online. Unlike many of our comment spammers, I'm not writing this piece as an affiliate marketing strategy. I'm writing it because the retailers are making it unnecessarily difficult to buy these phones. Our automated commerce link engine can't seem to figure out how to link you to the right ones, either. It's a mess.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have one major down side: shorn of their carrier payment plans, they're really expensive at $660 and $760, respectively. Fortunately, there are some very good less expensive unlocked phones out there, too. Our list of the Best Unlocked Phones offers options down to $149.99.

If you don't understand why unlocked phones are important, they're safer, more secure, more flexible, and have a higher resale value than carrier-locked models. Learn more in The Case for Unlocked Phones.

These unlocked units work on all US carriers (including Verizon and AT&T), so if you champion unlocked phones like we do, these are great because they give you flexibility to jump around on carriers and never feel locked down. They also lack bloatware and may even receive timelier updates (might is the key there).

One of the large complaints about the Galaxy S7 is that it is a carrier-locked device even when purchased without any sort of contract or payment plan. There are some exceptions, such as Samsung Experience Stores here in Canada that sell the phone with an unlock code included, but this doesn't prevent the phone from loading bloatware that corresponds to the carrier that you use with it once you put in your SIM. Given that contracts seem to actually be falling out of favor, it makes sense to offer an unlocked version of a smartphone for buyers who are willing to pay for the device outright, and who want to avoid preinstalled apps and customizations from their carriers.

Today Samsung announced that they are introducing a carrier-unlocked Galaxy S7 in the United States for the sort of consumers that I just described. The new unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are launching today, and Samsung states that they work on all the top US carriers, with network compatibility presumably being the same as a Galaxy S7 that you would purchase from a carrier and unlock yourself. These new unlocked phones are available from a number of retailers starting today, including Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. The Galaxy S7 is priced at $669.99, while the Galaxy S7 Edge is $769.99.

Cost-conscious businesses are increasingly buying unlocked smartphones for their workers, instead of more expensive smartphones with two-year service plans that are locked to a certain wireless U.S. carrier.

There's a "definite" trend among Tangoe customers toward buying unlocked smartphones, as more procurement officers and managers for lines of business vie to reduce costs, he added. "They are always cost-conscious."

Tangoe's customer data has shown the average total cost of ownership (TCO) for a locked phone used by a worker is $3,800. Based on Tango's estimate that an unlocked phone without a contract could save 20%, the TCO would be reduced to $3,040.

Tangoe already offers unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and recent iPhone models to its enterprise customers. Samsung is expected to offer its latest Galaxy S8 and S8+ as well through Tangoe's Mobility-as-a-Service portal.

With that service, a large company can tell its workers to pick a phone from a prescribed list that includes unlocked phones. If the phone is unlocked, an enterprise can reap savings by buying a large bucket of data from any of several carriers that is then used by many workers, with its data costs well below what it would pay for two-year plans with locked phones, Riegelhaupt said.

The savings via an unlocked phone can be earned by a company or its workers by using either a "corporate-liable" plan, where the company owns the phone outright, or a bring your own device (BYOD) plan where the employee owns the phone and may or may not be reimbursed for the phone or monthly service, Reigelhaupt said.

Manufacturers like Samsung increasingly want to sell unlocked phones. "There are a lot of reasons why manufacturers want to deliver more unlocked phones and one is that the demand is there from users," said Kevin Burden, an analyst at 451 Research.

451 Research recently found in a survey of 302 smartphone users who plan to buy a new smartphone in 90 days that 41% plan to buy an unlocked phone, while 36% said they don't know and 22% favored a locked phone.

Of the 1.5 billion smartphones sold globally in 2016, about 12% were unlocked, according to Samsung and several analysts. While some analysts said the estimate of 12% is too high, others still see a big surge in the trend in the next two years.

Mike Coleman, head of mobile channel sales for Samsung Electronics America, recently told CRN that the unlocked phone business is "growing exponentially." Unlocked phones offer an opportunity for channel sales by Samsung partners like Tangoe and others to offer phones that come with services like damage protection and break-fix guarantees or mobility management software, he added.

Gold and Tangoe agreed that unlocked phones can give workers and their companies more flexibility. For workers who travel, a SIM card in an unlocked phone can be removed and replaced with a country-specific or international SIM to lower service costs. In the U.S., a worker who relocates can replace a SIM card with another from a carrier that provides better wireless service in the area near the new home. 041b061a72


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