FCC filing reveals unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ with support for all U.S. carriers

We are only a few weeks away from the official announcement of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, but that’s not stopping the news and rumors from continuing to pour in. The latest comes courtesy of the FCC where a recent filing indicates Samsung will sell unlocked versions of both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ with support for all U.S. carriers.

Join us after the break for the details.

Samsung has in the past offered unlocked versions of their phones, such as last year with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, however customers often had to wait for months for this to happen. The benefit of purchasing an unlocked smartphone is that you can not only use it on whichever carrier you want, but the device will come without any of the carrier branding or the preinstalled apps we fondly call “bloatware.” Unlocked phones also allow a variety of other retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon, Target, etc. to sell retail versions of the devices without partnering up with carrier plans or contracts.

This particular FCC filing references two devices rumored to be the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ with the model numbers SM-G950U and SM-G955U, respectively. The “U” in the model numbers denotes that the device is unlocked and as you can see in the chart above, support for both GSM and CDMA is present as well as the LTE bands that all major U.S. carriers use.

What’s especially interesting is that we are seeing this filing before Samsung has even announced the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, which may suggest that unlocked versions of both phones could be available immediately, or at least soon after the initial release. Of course, we are only guessing at the timing and it’s always possible that Samsung could end up waiting a few months to release the unlocked versions.

We will keep an eye out for any new information about this and with Samsung Unpacked on March 29 in NYC it won’t be much longer until all (or most) of these rumors will be made official.

Source: FCC
Via: Droid Life

About the Author: Kevin Arnold

Kevin has been obsessed with technology ever since the days of playing with commands in MS-DOS. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied a combination of New Media Programming and Photography, Kevin lives in New York City where he works as a photo retoucher. His first "smartphone" was the good old LG Voyager with its slide-out physical keyboard. The first Android device Kevin owned was the now-infamous HTC Thunderbolt, which he still has in a drawer somewhere. Currently rocking both the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, Kevin has a (un)healthy obsession with phones and has owned more than he can remember. When he's not shopping for a new phone, Kevin enjoys lots of food and wine, video games, astronomy, and the Big Apple.

  • Richard Dennis

    That is awesome, would be even more awesome if it were google.fi ready. I might get me a new Sammy phone

    • Justin_Herrick

      Loved the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge I had last year. And I’d totally buy the same for the Galaxy S8 this year. Do it, Samsung!!

      • Richard Dennis

        Well its certainly the only way i am shelling out a grand for a new phone i will tell you that much.