1. Bermuda_Man's Avatar
    I'm a Verizon customer looking to upgrade my Galaxy S6 and I have a question for the gurus out there.

    I'm considering getting an unlocked S8 instead of the carrier version maknly because I've always heard unlocked phones get updates sooner. Is this still true or do the carrier versions get updates sooner now?

    Are there any benefits to getting a carrier model vs unlocked?

    Thanks for everyone's help.
    09-03-2017 12:19 PM
  2. anon(238680)'s Avatar
    I believe, from what I've seen here on the forums, that the opposite is true, updates take longer.
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    09-03-2017 12:27 PM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    Carrier-branded phones get updates from the carrier. Unbranded phones get updates from Samsung, and since they have to do that all over the world, instead of just one country (like Verizon does), it usually takes longer.
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    09-03-2017 02:32 PM
  4. Bermuda_Man's Avatar
    This does make sense, thanks for the reply.
    09-03-2017 09:41 PM
  5. Bermuda_Man's Avatar
    Thanks to everyone for the help.
    09-03-2017 09:42 PM
  6. Tim1954's Avatar
    My unlocked S8 (SMG950F) is on July security patch.
    However, I don't get any carrier bloat and am not locked to any network, so when I travel, I get a local prepaid and away I go...
    09-03-2017 10:01 PM
  7. Bermuda_Man's Avatar
    That's more recent than my S6 lol. I'm wondering how long it will take you to get Oreo vs Verizon phones?
    09-04-2017 08:19 AM
  8. Rukbat's Avatar
    The S6 was specified to update to Nougat. You may never get Oreo. (And you can't complain - even flagship phones only get 2 updates. My Note 3 is still on Lollipop and it won't be getting any further updates.)
    09-04-2017 01:16 PM
  9. Bermuda_Man's Avatar
    Oh no, I have no expectations at all of getting Oreo on my S6 lol. As you said, I've already gotten my allotment of updates for that phone.

    I was only wondering how long it would take an unlocked S8 to get it vs a carrier branded S8.
    09-04-2017 09:46 PM
  10. Rukbat's Avatar
    I've seen Samsung updates come faster and I've seen carrier updates come faster. It's a toss of the dice. They make a list of phones to be updated and update a few at a time (to avoid overloading the servers). Where your phone gets placed on the list, Samsung or carrier, is pretty random.
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    09-05-2017 01:18 PM
  11. Bermuda_Man's Avatar
    Thanks again to everyone for the education, the help is greatly appreciated!
    09-06-2017 09:55 PM

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