Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge launching today in the U.S.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have been available from T-Mobile for months now, but if you prefer to buy your phones unlocked and direct from the company that made them, now you can get Samsung’s latest flagships, too.

Samsung is launching unlocked versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in the U.S. Pricing is set at $669.99 for the S7 and $769.99 for the S7 edge, and you’ll be able to buy ‘em from Samsung as well as Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Sam’s Club, and Target.

These Galaxy S7 and S7 edge models work across all U.S. carriers, and so they include a wide range of wireless support, including LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, and 30. I’ve reached out to Samsung about T-Mobile VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling support and am waiting for a response. However, The Verge’s Dan Seifert has an unlocked GS7 edge working with Verizon’s VoLTE service, which could mean that it’ll work with T-Mo VoLTE as well, and Android Central reports that their phone works with T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling out of the box.

Outside of the fact that these Galaxy S7 and S7 edge models come unlocked out of the box, they’re the same phones that you would buy from T-Mobile. That means that they’ve got 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED displays, 32GB of storage, Snapdragon 820 processors, microSD slots, and 12-megapixel rear cameras.

These aren’t the very first unlocked Galaxy S phones that Samsung has ever offered, but it’s still kind of a big deal that these unlocked GS7 and GS7 edge models are arriving in the U.S. today. And while you’ll be paying for these phones upfront rather than through a payment program like EIP, in return you’re getting a device that’s untouched by carriers and comes unlocked out of the box.

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  • Joe

    So these don’t come with the junk programs Tmobile adds in?

    • jonathan3579

      Correct!

    • pseudoswede

      What T-Mobile apps are pre-loaded?

      * T-Mobile account app (not very useful, but I kept it and disabled all notifications)
      * T-Mobile Visual Voicemail (very useful)
      * T-Mobile TV (disabled)
      * T-Mobile Name ID (disabled)

      Am I missing others? It’s not very much, and they all can be disabled if you choose to.

      • Guest

        Of the T-Mobile USA brand there’s Device Unlock. I’m not sure who puts Lookout and Weather. I think carriers don’t just put apps with their brand on their phones, for example Carrier IQ.

        • pseudoswede

          I forgot about Device Unlock. Just used two weeks ago to unlock my S7. Super simple. Sure beats calling in and waiting for an e-mail.

        • Mike

          This is what I did after contacting Tmobile via chat who said they would end me an e-mail in 24 hours which never arrived. So what does this means once you unlock besides being able to use another carrier’s sim card?

          -Mike

      • vinnyjr

        I use Google Voice for my voicemail. I get my voice-mail on all my phones, tablets and laptop. Google Voice has had several very good updates, working great.

  • Chris

    Will the bootloader be locked?

    • Ascertion

      Seeing as there’s no mention of it, and that every single SD820 variant is locked, I’d say yes.

  • Benben

    Crazy prices for a cellphone now days you can get better phones for much less money and without all the garbage they install on it

    • patt

      Nexus 6P is not really better

      • Not by a mile.

        • patt

          Unless you know exact date then Yea

    • pseudoswede

      If cheaper phones had built-in wireless charging, I would consider switching. Until then, I’m sticking to Samsung.

      • Benben

        I have the Nexus 6 with wireless charging and I paid 151$ when it was on sale on Amazon

  • riverhorse

    That’s actually not bad pricing. I look forward to hopefully such an occurrence + good deal for Note 7 & A9 Pro.

  • TheBest

    But it’s still touched by Samsung’s TouchWiz.

  • Hurlamania

    maybe they will have a half off sale for 4th of July

    • Axekick

      They(T-Mobile) have a buy one get one free sale now, at least they did yesterday.

      Specifically you purchase two of them and they send you a prepaid Visa card for the amount of one of them within 8 weeks.

      • George Salcedo

        Yeah but having to add a line to get the deal is annoying. Priced way too high still.

        • Axekick

          I agree that having to add a line doesn’t work for everyone but you simply aren’t going to find a phone near this quality for $340-$395.

          Hell I paid $550 for my Nexus 1 back in 2009-2010

  • HeatFan786

    The price is too high. Next time, they should release it at launch w/o a Snapdragon processor.

  • Pyperkub

    Please ensure the bootloader is unlockable on all T-Moblie S7/S7 Edge models. Thank you.

    • It’s not. It’s still locked.

  • Giro

    Hopefully they do this with note 7 at launch…I would buy one right away to replace my Note 4

  • Giro

    Not sure why they said is the exact phone..Tmobile S7 has B8(900) disable for 3G….This one has it enable..Which is great in places like DR because partner t-mobile uses there is orange and they run their network on the 900 . With a branded T-mobile Galaxy phone you only connect to EDGE network which is useless..

  • Philip

    They should have a unlock version from the get go. It has taken so long now I am not getting it as I already got a S7.

    • nowew owkelw

      Now you get to buy another one!

  • illstplaya .

    Too expensive. It’s been out for months now. Even if it was just released today it would still be too expensive. Also WiFi calling is already built into marshmallow so you don’t have to worry about that

  • Loco Mole

    Bootloader is “Qualcomm Secured: Enabled”, so it’s locked BL and not rootable.

    • Loco Mole

      I meant “QUALCOMM SECUREBOOT: ENABLE” .

    • rgao007

      dammit.

  • Mike

    Ok so how does the Samsung unlocked phone compare to a locked phone that you buy from Tmobile then Tmobile unlocks your device after you make a couple payments and become eligible for the unlock?

    Mike

    • Loco Mole

      No T-Mobile bloat. You can still install Tmo apps from Play Store. You deal with Samsung directly, not T-Mobile.

      • Mike

        Thanks. So my phone is now unlocked by Tmobile. Does this mean I can now get rid of the bloatware and my bootloader is unlocked so I can install whatever I want on the phone? How would I easily check status of the boot loader? I now I can now pop any any SIM from any carrier and use it as part of the unlock.

        -Mike

  • Sergei

    Ok, got my unlocked edge. After a day of testing: VoLTE and Wi-Fi both work with T-Mobile. BUT you don’t get HD Voice Calling (no icon when on call with T-Mobile subscribers), no EVS (enhanced Voice Service), no video calling amongst T-Mobile, AND NO FM Radio.

    • TylerCameron

      Skype for video chat. Video calling isn’t really a thing. Not even built into Android.