Well, well, well. Samsung is taking matters into its own hands by selling completely unlocked versions of its flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones in the US. Starting today (Thursday), you can pick up the unlocked S7 for $670 and the Galaxy S7 Edge for $770 from Samsung.com, Amazon, BestBuy, Target and more.
Unlocked phones -- which aren't tied to a single carrier -- used to be elusive in our corner of the smartphone world. They're typically hard to find and only work with some wireless networks. But Samsung has made this duo compatible with GSM networks (AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS) as well as CDMA networks (Verizon, Sprint, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile). That means you can use a SIM card from your preferred carrier to get cell signal and data.
(Samsung isn't alone. Motorola just did the same thing earlier this week with its Moto G4 and G4 Plus.)
While the phones' introductory prices match the S7 and S7 Edge's contract-free sales price when the phones first appeared in stores this past March, deal-sniffers who don't strictly desire an unlocked phone will still want to shop around -- carriers frequently bundle S7 phones in two-for one offers.
Just one more note and then I'll let you go. If you're interested in the newest, most powerful Samsung phone, wait around a few weeks to see if thestrikes any chords.
This article also appears in Spanish. Read: Samsung Galaxy S7 y S7 Edge llegan desbloqueados a EE.UU. el 30 de junio