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Samsung sells Galaxy S7 phones that aren’t tied to carrier

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    Samsung announced the company will sell unlocked versions of its flagship Galaxy S7 phones in the U.S. so consumers can switch carriers more easily.

NEW YORK » Samsung will sell unlocked versions of its flagship Galaxy S7 phones in the U.S. so consumers can switch carriers more easily.

Although two-year service contracts are now rare, consumers are instead stuck with two-year installment plans and cannot take a phone to a rival until it’s paid off.

Unlocked phones have no such restrictions. They are also free of carrier-specific apps for messaging, video and other tasks, though Samsung still adds several beyond the standard version of Android from Google.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 will sell for $670, and a model with a curved side screen called Edge will go for $770. The prices are cheaper than Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, though more expensive than Sprint. You pay the phone’s full price rather than monthly installments.

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  • We can thank T-Mobile for this. First carrier to endorse monthly plans, all other carriers had to follow their lead.

    Now with unlocked phones the USA has finally joined the rest of the world after trailing for decades.

    • Yes but your paying full price for the phone and the same phone rate as the people who got their phone dirt cheap. Don’t you feel cheated? What’s two years? It goes by in a flash and if your jumping carriers every other month to save $5.00 than more power to you!

    • Regarding: “Now with unlocked phones the USA has finally joined the rest of the world after trailing for decades.”

      Not Quite.
      Our friends in Europe only “pays” for calls they make, never for calls they receive.

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