Last year, it took Samsung up to three months before following up the carrier-branded Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with the unlocked models, but this will not be the case as far as the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are concerned.
Just recently, we received a report that the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will soon be available for purchase. Apparently, Best Buy will open pre-orders of the two phones starting May 9, which is over a month from now. Fans of the unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge had to wait until June 2016 in order for them to get their hands on this model, but it might get even better for this year’s S8 and S8 Plus, especially now that the phone has already been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
A quick search on the Wi-Fi Alliance website reveals a certified Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus that carries model number SM-G955U1. From what we know, this represents the unlocked variant of the handset, but whether this means that the variant will be released earlier than initially thought is still anyone’s guess.
If you are wise enough, you may want to wait for the release of the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. For starters, you won’t be tied to using one carrier on your device. Secondly, the additional bloatware that carriers include on their exclusive models will be done away on the unlocked variant. It gets even better when it comes to the pricing aspect, where Best Buy will be accepting pre-orders for the S8 at $724.99 while the unlocked S8 Plus will set you back $824.99.
In case you didn’t know, these price tags are much better than what other carriers offer, although Verizon has valued the standard S8 at $720 and $840 for the Galaxy S8 Plus. As for other carriers, you’ll need to pay $750 for the S8 and $850 for the S8 Plus.