Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ launch at T-Mobile today

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Today’s the day that one of the most hotly-anticipated smartphones of 2017 arrives on store shelves.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is now available from T-Mobile. Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ can be bought from T-Mobile online and they should be hitting your friendly neighborhood store today as well. Both phones are available in Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, and Orchid Gray color options.

Pricing for the Galaxy S8 is set at $30 down and $30 per month for 24 months, which works out to a full price of $750. JUMP! On Demand pricing for the S8 is $0 down and $33 per month. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8+ costs $130 down and $30 per month for 24 months, which is $850, and JUMP! On Demand customers will pay the same down payment and monthly payment amount.

The Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED screen. The rest of the spec list for both phones is just as high-end, packing in a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, microSD slot, fingerprint reader, IP68 water resistance, and a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel camera.

T-Mobile took pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 following its announcement in late March, and lots of folks that did pre-order already got their phones, but some people prefer to check out a phone in store before spending their hard-earned money on it. Now that’s exactly what they can do.

So, Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners, which model did you choose?

Sources: T-Mobile Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+

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  • Polish Announce Table

    The battery life on the S8+ is outstanding. I do keep my screen mode on basic though. The face recognition works, just tap the screen and your in, even if it’s locked. The fingerprint reader is in a perfect spot. Type-C USB is nice, easier to connect in the dark. The speed of this phone is crazy. The no home button design takes some time to get used to, but is actually nicer, and it’s one less button to worry about wearing out. There is a noticeable improvement with the screen, which is hard to believe, over the S7.
    -The IRIS scanner doesn’t work at all, unless you have bug eyes.

    • Lawrence C

      You can set the face recognition to work without touching the screen. Look under setting. Just lift the phone to your face and bum. You are right, the home button will take sometime getting use to. I and up pushing it like on the 7 Edge. I also can’t believe the fuss they made about the finger print button. It’s perfect for me and I actually prefer than to being on the screen. This phone feels much pleasant that my work issued iPhone 7+

      • el_perezo

        Can’t find the option to face unlock without pushing home button first.

    • HeatFan786

      I should’ve gone S8+, but didn’t want to drop the deposit. I have the regular S8 and so far it’s good. Though battery life could be a bit better, but certainly beats the S7. I have no problems with the Iris Scanner as long as I look at the top of the screen.

    • AngryBadger

      Depends on the lighting. I set mine inside in moderate lighting. Works great indoors but not at all, so far, outdoors (Samsung prompts that it probably won’t work outdoors anyways, so I don’t mind).

  • kev2684

    Still no Galaxy S7 Edge trade-in? WYD Samsung I thought you want your sales # up? S7 Edge launched with BOGO across all major carriers.

  • MadMartigan

    When they drop the $130 (they did on the Note7) I’ll probably get it. the S8+. If they don’t drop that I’ll stick with the V20 until the next Pixels come out and figure out what I want to do then.

    • Croq

      Since I’m on JoD, I went ahead and got the S8 for now. Once the S8+ is available without a down payment, I’ll probably grab that for the larger screen.

      • MadMartigan

        iI thought about that, and it would have been the route I took as well, but they’ve been charging “upgrade fees” lately, so – uh-uh.

        That’s one of the few things about T-Mo that still pisses me off – nickel and diming us on upgrades. I’d use all of my JoD’s every year if it wasn’t for that – but I’m kind of a gadget-whore, so….

        • Croq

          I think if you upgrade using T-Force on Twitter, they don’t charge you.

        • TmoRepNLovingIt

          If you upgrade via online, JOD, or JUMP, the upgrade support charge does not apply.

        • MadMartigan

          Upgraded in-store – no upgrade fee. Nice.

      • Andrew Singleton

        curious if you got the s8 for 0-down on jod? its 60 today.

        • Croq

          Yes, I got it for $0 down on JoD. Jump On Demand originally promised to not require a down payment for any phone in the program (not including memory upgrades), though they recently changed the terms to say “most” phones. I wouldn’t be surprised if they wind up charging something for every phone, or just getting rid of JoD completely.

        • Andrew Singleton

          i misread the credit class i was working with – it’s 0.

    • Lawrence C

      I prefer the $130 as I prefer to throw in extra money every now and then to finish up my payment in less than a year. The big upfront helps in making that happen. Afterall, you and up paying the same total anyway.

      • MadMartigan

        Not for JoD – you aren’t buying the device – so paying more makes no sense. If I were buying it on EIP, I’d totally agree with you.

        • Lawrence C

          You didn’t state JOD in your earlier post but I get you know. I personally don’t like JOD. I prefer to own the phone and like the eip since I don’t have to drop down the full price. I can take my time to pay off and still get a new one in 6 months if I want. I prefer selling or passing down then leasing.

        • MadMartigan

          I used to do that, so I get it. Got to be too much of a hassle. (I upgrade way too often…)

    • AngryBadger

      Your mileage may vary… but I picked two up at Costco and they did not charge the 130 down payment. just taxes and I was out the door.

  • mreveryphone

    This phone is very nice… No issues with the fingerprint sensor location. Battery life is good so far. The new processor is crazy fast… Phone doesn’t even heat up when gaming… Can’t wait for the Note 8 now!!

  • Lawrence C

    Rocking the S8+ midnight black and I’m very happy for that choice. I did away with black after black iPhone for the first 3 years.

  • Corey Jalette

    PSA: Samsung has sold out of the $99 bundle for pre-orders.

    I got the s8+ midnight black. On day 2 of my battery when the lg v20 would have to be charged 2x a day at the least.

    • Lawrence C

      Sold out WOW! Well, I don’t know who wouldn’t take advantage of that bundle. I don’t care much for the VR as I had one from last year but the headphone and SD card is worth every penny of my $99. Glad I got my phone on the 19th and registered. I got to put my bundle order in this morning after recieving the link to buy.

      • Corey Jalette

        Yeah I got mine the 19th and was able to purchase right away that night. Some people are receiving tracking numbers already for the vr set. Haven’t seen any reports of the bundle being sent out yet though.

        • Lawrence C

          The buy now link didn’t work for me when I register although it said I was approved and suggested I buy before it runs out. Funny thing is, right at the button of the inactive buy it now. It said you will receive a link in your email to purchase the bundle. Got that this morning. I hope it ships in soon for the 2 day shipping it stated. I used Samsung pay so it might make a difference. My total amount is pending on my account.

    • Aaron Davis

      The always-on screen on the v20 was a nice gimmick, but had the side effect of giving the phone a really bad reputation for battery life.

      I turned the 2nd screen off (when main screen is off) on my v20, and I get 2-4 days out of a single charge.

  • Petey07

    For those who recieved their devices, have you guys tried to do the data speed test to see the claims that T-Mobile is true (suppose to be alot faster)? that’s what i’m pretty curious about.

    • Andrew Singleton

      the phone has technology that will allow it to receive higher speeds when they are deployed, but it will not immediately affect your speed.

    • Lawrence C

      I tried the test about an hour ago and its a tard bit faster. Nothing significant but then again I’m in a very small town outside the washington dc metro area so I didn’t expect much. I used to average between 18 to 20 mgs but I got about 24 to 26ish today.

      • Petey07

        Thanks! I would’ve expected double the usual speed (or something along that line that T-Mobile claimed with the new chip that’s capable for higher speeds)

        I’m in the SF Bay Area metropolitan area and during rushing hours (both ways communting from the Suburbs to the cities), the data speeds are not so great (but alot better than Verizon LTE speeds a couple years ago). iPhone 7Plus.

    • samsung freud

      Two cents here, i’m using an axon 7 and at the Austin convention center I had
      11.16 down 12.93 up (5500 propeller heads using wifi and data).
      Back at the hotel (oltorf & 35) i had 48.98 up and 23.70 down.
      I forgot to take get some more tests while out and about there.

    • J.J.

      Much Slower than my v20. Weird

      • Corey Jalette

        Really? Mine is faster than my v20. And I’m not in an area that they have deployed upgrades to make it faster yet. I don’t mean blindingly fast, only about 8-10mbps faster at home. I’m sure once I go in the city I’ll see even higher speeds.

        • J.J.

          I am not in an upgrade area but I’m Thinking it was just a congested time. Speedtest are on par with the v20 lately

    • JB

      I’m almost getting 80 down 20 up, which is twice as fast as my V20 and my Note7 before it.

  • J. Martinez

    My web speed doubled…though I’m in a city where extended range was just green lit. But I’m optimistic to see of speeds of 100 mbps/50mbps upload will remain consistently

  • Haze1nut

    Since the VR and $99 add on packages were from Samsung, tmobile was the only carrier that didn’t offer their own incentives, huh… The GS7 and GS7E launched with BOGO offers and Netflix. I’ll go ahead and wait a month or 2 for the BOGO offers to start

    • Petey07

      I wonder what happen?!?

  • George Salcedo

    Samsung has done a fine job with these devices I’m only still concerned software bugs will still be present. My S7 still has some random app closures and slight lag. It’s either the S8 or the G6 when the prices drop. Overall i think either device would be awesome.

  • ericdabbs

    All Tmobile needs to do is just have a trade in promo on the S8 and S8+

    • Petey07

      I’m waiting for a good deal as well.

  • Marcus Rose

    I’m not really sure how everyone is getting these lighting fast speeds. I have done daily if not hourly testing of the S8 and all I get is 37 down and 6.5 up at best.

    I’m located in Denver Colorado

    • Corey Jalette

      Location, location, location. Some people were seeing really high speeds before the s8. The s8 just has technology that can make it faster if the tower you’re connected to has that upgrade.

    • mreveryphone

      54 down and 32 up in Kansas City

  • ericdabbs

    Now all Tmobile has to do is offer some trade in promos for the GS8/GS8+.

    • Corey Jalette

      Any promo would be nice.

  • NR552

    I have JOD, and dropped off the S7 Edge I was forced into from the Note 7 debacle. Was paying $33 mo/lease for the S7 Edge, and got the S8 for the same $33mo/lease. So far I like it, though I would have gone for the 8+ I wasn’t going to do a $120 “down payment” on any lease. I’ll wait a few months, do JOD again when that $120 “down payment” BS is gone, and that’s if I really want to get rid of the S8. The screen is great, and only issue is getting the home button to work consistently. Bixby is a joke– 3/4 of the time it doesn’t kick off, so most likely won’t bother with Bixby.

    • Ron Kinsey

      I agree, I am keeping my 7 edge until a deal comez out.

  • Christopher Ivy

    Anyone claim their samsung vr yet?

    • Lawrence C

      Claimed or received? Lot of us even went for the $99 bundle. Don’t know if any received yet