The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are now available in the United States without any carrier chains holding you down. Today, Samsung went live with unlocked models of its flagship phones for sale throughout the country.
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What does this mean for you? All of the things no one likes about carrier-sold phones have been sent away for good. The unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which you can use on virtually any carrier’s network in the world, will ship without any pre-installed apps and services that you just don’t want or need. Oh yes, Verizon and Sprint customers can indeed take either phone and use it on those CDMA networks.
Things like T-Mobile’s VoLTE and WiFi calling are fully operable, too. Samsung really isn’t holding anything back.
Even better, though, is the removal of the barrier keeping software updates getting from you. Instead of waiting for a carrier to do its own testing and approve a software update, Samsung will be sending them to these phones first.
Samsung will sell the unlocked phones directly to consumers, but a number of retailers are going to be offering them as well. Best Buy, Amazon, B&H Photo, Target, eBay, and Sam’s Club are all carrying them.
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The unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are priced at $669 and $769, respectively. Both come with full warranties, which sometimes isn’t the case for unlocked devices. Between getting a warranty and software updates directly from Samsung, this is an incredibly sweet price for two of the best phones in the world right now.