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Carrier-oriented Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge units may be locked to the first SIM loaded

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A slide has surfaced revealing some important details about Samsung’s new flagship smartphone models. 

Based on this leaked slide, both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge may have locked-in SIM cards. This means that once you purchase the phone from a carrier, you may be locked to that carrier for life. However, don’t be too quick to the punch, this will only be for the carrier models and will not affect those unlocked.

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When a user buys one of the two smartphones from a carrier, the first SIM they activate inside it will also be the last SIM they activate inside it. This is done by the installment of software upon registering the device for the first time. No carrier has done anything like this before, making these the very first. This slide informs carrier employees that they must first put a SIM card into the phone before they register it, otherwise they’ll have set up the device all over again. This could put Samsung in total charge of selling the unlocked units.

What are your thoughts, is Samsung making the right move? Let us know in the comments down below.

Source: GSMArena


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Doug was raised in New York and currently attends Muhlenberg College where he is majoring in Accounting. He has been a die-hard Google and Android enthusiast ever since he purchased the Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. Doug strongly prefers Android over competitors for its customization, flat Material Design and exceptional integration with Google Services. Currently, Doug switches between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 5X, and travels with a Nexus 9. In addition, Doug wears an Android Wear smartwatch and has other gadgets such as a Nexus Player and Cardboard viewer. Aside from writing with Talk Android, Doug enjoys testing new applications, designing concepts and studying Android application development all while attempting to keep up with the rapid world of technology. He’s hopeful that his high productivity will make lives easier and more meaningful. Doug’s dream is to attend Google I/O.


  • brutusf

    HUGE mistake by Samsung, if they are in fact behind this. It smells of something bordering on illegal in my mind. I think much less of Samsung for this move and I have had Samsung phones for the past 6 years. Not liking this one bit if it is true!