The Galaxy S8 is one of the best smartphones money can buy, but the best version of it isn’t available from wireless carriers. To get the purest form of the Galaxy S8, you’ll need to buy the phone unlocked. In this sponsored guide, we’ll explain what an unlocked Samsung Galaxy device is and why you might want to buy one.
Samsung’s currently offering four unlocked phones on its website. The new Galaxy S8 is priced at $724.99 or $30.21 per month. Its bigger brother, the Galaxy S8+ costs 824.99 or 34.38 per month. The Galaxy S7 Edge is $669.99 or $27.92 per month. The Galaxy S7 is $569.99 or $23.75 per month. The cheapest is the Galaxy J3, which costs just $159.99. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S7, but it’s still a lot of phone at that price point.
If you already own a Galaxy device, you can trade it in for the new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ to lower your out-of-pocket cost. Samsung will give unlocked phone buyers $210 for a used Galaxy S7 Edge, $190 for a Galaxy S7, $140 for a Galaxy S6 and $155 for a Galaxy Note 5.
There are three main reasons why you should consider an unlocked phone, such as the unlocked Galaxy devices Samsung lists on its site. First, there’s no carrier bloatware to clutter up your phone’s screen. Second, you can use unlocked Galaxy devices on any major wireless network. Third, having an unlocked phone can help you save money over the long run.
So what is an unlocked phone? When wireless carriers and retail stores sell you a phone, they’re typically locked to a particular network. Unlocked phones are generally purchased from phone manufacturers or retailers that don’t activate the unlocked phones at the time of purchase.
One of the best things about Samsung’s unlocked phones is that they are free of extra apps and games that carriers often stuff onto Android devices to squeeze a few more dollars out of each sale. Bloatware gobbles up precious storage space, clutters up phones’ screens, and often includes redundant apps. The worse offenders are carriers that install games that are free to play, but can end up costing users a lot of money in terms of in-app purchases.
Some of the cheapest mobile networks don’t offer the latest and greatest phones. Instead, they often offer sub-par phones that are affordable or several years out of date. If you opt for an unlocked phone from Samsung, you can still spread the cost of it over 24 months, just like when you purchase a phone from a major wireless carrier.
So long as you take care of a high-end phone like the Galaxy S8, it can last three years or more. With an unlocked phone, you can chase the latest and greatest wireless carrier deals. By switching to different plans and different networks, you’ll always have the latest pricing. This can save you hundreds of dollars over the life of your phone.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are Samsung’s latest phones. You can see an overview of the two devices in the above video.