Your device will be bound to carriers no more
In a move that is sure to appease many smartphone fans, Samsung Electronic (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) has just announced that it will now be selling unlocked units of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge flagship smartphones in the United States. The unlocked devices support all major US carriers including the ones which operate on CDMA. There are plenty of channels to purchase the devices from, such as Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Ebay and more. As for the price, the S7 will cost you $669.99, while the S7 Edge should set you back $769.99.
One of the main complains that numerous reviewers shared regarding the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smarthphones was the amount of carrier bloatware loaded into the device by almost all of the carriers in the USA. This is a problem which you won’t need to worry about if you purchase the unlocked version, since these devices will be completely free of all carrier bloatware, and you’ll be able to use them with your carrier of choice.
Another thing which shows that Samsung has been listening to the consumers is how the users will now be given the choice of whether to have Samsung’s suite of applications installed on their devices. Due to Samsung’s app suite, there is a lot of redundancy when it comes to applications since two or three applications are present in devices for a single purpose.
The unlocked variants feature the same hardware set, which includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and a 12-megapixel camera. Samsung Pay will also be supported as well as the manufacturer warranties.
Even though this move will appease the small portion of users who prefer purchasing unlocked phones, the vast majority of users still purchase their device via the carrier contracts. And due to this, Samsung isn’t likely to switch from the carrier contract selling strategy. However, more options are always better for the consumers and that’s what Samsung is giving them right now.