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When you insert the SIM card correctly into your S8, if nothing happens, your phone is unlocked. However, if you receive one of the warning messages such as Emergency Calls Only, Network Locked, Enter Network Lock Control Key, or SIM Network Unlock PIN, then your phone really is locked.
The Korean electronics giant has opened U.S. pre-orders for the unlocked versions of the gorgeous Android phones. That's the superior version that's not carrier-locked, works abroad, and most importantly, doesn't come with any carrier bloatware.
The unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available for pre-order in the U.S. exclusively at Best Buy and Samsung.com at $724.99 for the S8 or $824.99 for the larger S8+ and launch online and in stores on May 31. Customers can also buy the phones with Samsung financing for $30.21 per month (S8) or $34.38 per month (S8+).
The unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 is a feature-rich smartphone with a stunning 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display, a 12 MP camera, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage. The device also has a microSD card slot that allows you to expand the storage to 256GB, so you can store all your favorite apps, games, photos, and videos without worrying about running out of space.
Now that it's officially available to purchase, there are plenty of reasons you should consider paying the full price for the unlocked Galaxy S8 over a subsidized one from your carrier. Not only are you freeing yourself from the relative shackles of a contract with a carrier, but you're also signing up for an easier experience. Having a carrier loom over your device means that it's also included its own stuff right out of the box. By virtue, the unlocked Galaxy S8 is simply pain-free.
By far, the unlocked and untouched version of the Galaxy S8 offers the quickest setup process of any of the carrier models. In this version, you'll only have to walk through the Google account login screen for Android, and then once more to log in to a Samsung account. On a carrier-branded version of the device, however, there is usually a third login screen added on, typically towards an account associated with the carrier. On both T-Mobile and Verizon variants of the Galaxy S8, for instance, I was asked to log in or sign up for an account with their respective online account services. I opted out both times.
Opting out of logging in with your carrier won't opt you out of the carrier's apps either, and that's another mark in favor of the unlocked Galaxy S8. I was almost awestruck at the relative lack of bloatware in the app drawer right after logging in. There is very little that required tinkering with after the fact, save for a lone Facebook icon that will never leave the smartphone. Sorry to say, but paying full price for the Galaxy S8 without a carrier contract won't pay for a wall between you and Facebook. The app can be disabled, at least, but it can't be deleted without some trickery. At the very least, it's only a mere 12KB of annoyance (since it's not actually downloaded until you tap on the icon for the first time).
The apps you can't delete from the unlocked Galaxy S8 are the Samsung browser app, the Galaxy Apps store, an included file browser, and Samsung Connect. You can't disable them, either, as they're effectively a major part of the Samsung experience. The My Files file browser app is at least useful for finding files lost deep in the abyss of the smartphone's file system, or dealing with external storage. Dupes still exist here, too; in addition to the two app stores that come preloaded, the unlocked Galaxy S8 comes with two unremovable email clients and two browsers.
The only downside is that if you're a person who is consistently concerned about receiving timely software updates, there's still some doubt concerning whether the Galaxy S8 will be on frequent schedule. Last year's unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 edge variants in the U.S. were severely behind the major carriers on the update calendar.
Still, if a bloat-free Samsung smartphone is one of your goals in life, the unlocked Galaxy S8 or S8+ is worth the entirety of the cash it requires to purchase. If you're suffering from sticker shock, however, and are still considering purchasing the device through your carrier for the discount, consider the fact that stores like Best Buy and Samsung's online shop offer similar monthly financing.
Samsung kicked off this month's security patch rollout last week with the budget Galaxy A50. Within days of that release, some of its recent S Pen-clad flagships are also being bumped to the latest Android security level. Alongside their international variants, the US Note20 and Note10 series have started getting the October update, starting with the unlocked models.
An OTA update is already reaching the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Note20, Note10+, and the Note10 in the US. Only their unlocked models are currently receiving the build, but given Samsung's performance in the last couple of months, you can expect the carrier variants and other Galaxy phones to follow suit pretty soon. With the limited information available right now, we can't really say what else these updates are bringing to the table, apart from the new patches. 041b061a72