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  1. Syrdiman's Avatar
    I've noticed pre-orders have been giving us the option to buy it straight from the carriers, but I haven't seen any Unlocked ones. Also, do you guys think the Note 5 will be sold by Amazon anytime soon?
    08-16-2015 06:23 AM
  2. dpham00's Avatar
    By unlocked, did you mean sim unlocked? Or something else?
    08-16-2015 08:53 AM
  3. bhatech's Avatar
    I've noticed pre-orders have been giving us the option to buy it straight from the carriers, but I haven't seen any Unlocked ones. Also, do you guys think the Note 5 will be sold by Amazon anytime soon?
    No unfortunately they don't offer unbranded/unlocked versions directly for sale from their website which is crazy.

    Only option you have is to import the international model from 3rd party sellers on Amazon, eBay etc or other websites. Problem is they will be over charging than what it actually costs and then there is warranty headaches etc.

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
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    08-16-2015 10:56 AM
  4. Syrdiman's Avatar
    So do you mean I have to be bound to a contract in order to buy this phone?
    08-17-2015 03:33 AM
  5. dpham00's Avatar
    So do you mean I have to be bound to a contract in order to buy this phone?
    No you can buy it on a device payment plan, or pay full retail if you want

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
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    08-17-2015 09:47 AM
  6. bhatech's Avatar
    So do you mean I have to be bound to a contract in order to buy this phone?
    You have to buy it directly from a carrier, you can pay the off contract or full retail price but it won't be sim unlocked and will be carrier branded phone meaning carrier crap, logo on verizon/AT&T.

    Second thing sometimes it's hard to buy even full retail from carriers without an account with them. You may have to try multiple places to have one sell to you.

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
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    08-17-2015 10:11 AM
  7. dpham00's Avatar
    You have to buy it directly from a carrier, you can pay the off contract or full retail price but it won't be sim unlocked and will be carrier branded phone meaning carrier crap, logo on verizon/AT&T.

    Second thing sometimes it's hard to buy even full retail from carriers without an account with them. You may have to try multiple places to have one sell to you.

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
    The Verizon version will be factory sim unlocked. It will be carrier branded.
    08-17-2015 11:43 AM
  8. bhatech's Avatar
    The Verizon version will be factory sim unlocked. It will be carrier branded.
    Rather not have a phone than seeing that ugly Verizon logo and their bloat. Don't support useless carriers who give a [language removed] about devices and customers. All carriers are like that but Verizon, AT&T are the worst in that order.

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
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    08-18-2015 12:41 AM
  9. getbretweir's Avatar
    No you can buy it on a device payment plan, or pay full retail if you want

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
    Sprint is doing away with contacts (as we know them) by the end of 2015, T-Mobile doesn't have them and as of last week neither does Verizon. AT&T is the last of the big 4 that still has them, but I suspect they'll do away with them sooner than later.

    You can pay full retail, or go on a payment plan for the phone for (you guessed it) 2 years, so even though it's structured differently, it's pretty much the same thing as far as being tied into a contract and paying a similar price.

    The big difference are ETFs (early termination fees). No longer will you be able to exercise them so you'll pay for the full price of the phone no matter what.

    On VZ and AT&T there will still be carrier branding, and you'll still get Samsung's bloatware, along with the carrier's when you activate your SIM on their network.

    Personally, in addition to TouchWiz, that bloatware is one of the major reasons why I choose not to continue owning a Samsung device. If they offered an unlocked version with no bloatware, I'd probably still opt for a different phone because of TW and price, but it would be more of a consideration.
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    08-18-2015 01:12 AM
  10. tallassPilipino's Avatar
    never checked Amazon, but i ordered my 64GB Note 5 (SM-N920i) international factory-unlocked version from a seller in Singapore a couple of days ago for well under $900. this seller had stock in both Missouri and in Singapore. there was a US seller from Houston selling them as well for a little bit more. the rest of the sellers were the usual crazy marked up prices while others were starting bidding wars. the dual-SIM version seemed to be selling quick. i would have gone for one, but they were only available in the 32GB version.
    08-20-2015 04:52 PM
  11. Le0_Br4zUc4's Avatar
    The Verizon variant is unlocked, do you can use on different carriers. My brother has T-mobile and he tried my phone out with his Sim card. It made phone calls but I didn't try data or anything else.

    The issue with Verizon is all the Verizon crap and lack of Samsung Pay

    Posted via the Android Central App
    08-20-2015 10:08 PM
  12. bhatech's Avatar
    The Verizon variant is unlocked, do you can use on different carriers. My brother has T-mobile and he tried my phone out with his Sim card. It made phone calls but I didn't try data or anything else.

    The issue with Verizon is all the Verizon crap and lack of Samsung Pay

    Posted via the Android Central App
    And that ugly Verizon logo which is an absolute eye sore !!!
    08-20-2015 10:21 PM
  13. tallassPilipino's Avatar
    The Verizon variant is unlocked, do you can use on different carriers. My brother has T-mobile and he tried my phone out with his Sim card. It made phone calls but I didn't try data or anything else.

    The issue with Verizon is all the Verizon crap and lack of Samsung Pay

    Posted via the Android Central App
    i read earlier some pricing comparisons between 24 month payments/leasing vs unlocked versions of the phone with all 4 of the major carriers. my understanding of how the author kept referring to "unlocked" is the unlocked version only means not locked into a contract as you are buying the phone at full cost. but they are still locked to their respective carriers. but of course certain shared bands would work while those bands that aren't, won't.

    (Sent from another Galaxy via Tapatalk)
    08-21-2015 12:51 AM
  14. ssbuechl's Avatar
    No, Samsung is in bed with the major Carriers. Buy an unlocked iPhone from Apple and use a discount carrier like Ting Mobile or Cricket Wireless. I use an iPhone 6 Plus and pay $35 per month. This savings has already paid for my iPhone.
    08-21-2015 08:56 AM
  15. David Fuller2's Avatar
    T-Mobile makes you have the phone linked to their plan for 90 days before they will unlock it.
    08-22-2015 10:14 PM
  16. nokia4life's Avatar
    No unfortunately they don't offer unbranded/unlocked versions directly for sale from their website which is crazy.

    Only option you have is to import the international model from 3rd party sellers on Amazon, eBay etc or other websites. Problem is they will be over charging than what it actually costs and then there is warranty headaches etc.

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
    Gonna have to disagree I purchased my note 5 gold platinum 32gb for 739.00 unlocked that's way cheaper than best buy att T-Mobile. This is on eBay and expansys USA has them for 779.00 USD so you can get them for the same or less. If you don't believe me go to eBay and look for the seller neverpaymsrp that guy has 100 percent feedback and has them way less than the carrier or any other outlet brand new IJS.... Mine will be here Tuesday it had free fedex second day same as carriers these are USA prices.


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    08-22-2015 10:24 PM
  17. bhatech's Avatar
    Gonna have to disagree I purchased my note 5 gold platinum 32gb for 739.00 unlocked that's way cheaper than best buy att T-Mobile. This is on eBay and expansys USA has them for 779.00 USD so you can get them for the same or less. If you don't believe me go to eBay and look for the seller neverpaymsrp that guy has 100 percent feedback and has them way less than the carrier or any other outlet brand new IJS.... Mine will be here Tuesday it had free fedex second day same as carriers these are USA prices.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Yeah I had bought the G4 international unbranded version from nevermsrp on eBay so I believe you. Will take a look at if he is selling the 64 GB version.
    08-23-2015 02:58 PM
  18. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Bloat is minimal on these phones I have no carrier stamp on my phone, the carrier will show on the notification panel.

    The only phones I know that Samsung US sells directly to consumers is the Verizon Developer model.
    08-23-2015 04:19 PM
  19. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Gonna have to disagree I purchased my note 5 gold platinum 32gb for 739.00 unlocked that's way cheaper than best buy att T-Mobile. This is on eBay and expansys USA has them for 779.00 USD so you can get them for the same or less. If you don't believe me go to eBay and look for the seller neverpaymsrp that guy has 100 percent feedback and has them way less than the carrier or any other outlet brand new IJS.... Mine will be here Tuesday it had free fedex second day same as carriers these are USA prices.


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    I bought a 64 gb from T-mobile for $779.99. The 32 gb is $699.99.
    08-23-2015 04:21 PM
  20. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    And that ugly Verizon logo which is an absolute eye sore !!!
    The Verizon logo on the back of the phone?
    08-23-2015 04:23 PM
  21. Diraan's Avatar
    I'm planning on picking up a Note 5 in about a week or so. Is there a Carrier Stamp on it? I'm on AT&T and this is my first Android phone. I'm coming from an iPhone 6+ and a carrier stamp isn't even something I thought about until right now.

    I'd rather not have the stamp, but I've heard the AT&T ones aren't as bad.
    08-23-2015 05:22 PM
  22. mhunter6378's Avatar
    I'm planning on picking up a Note 5 in about a week or so. Is there a Carrier Stamp on it? I'm on AT&T and this is my first Android phone. I'm coming from an iPhone 6+ and a carrier stamp isn't even something I thought about until right now.

    I'd rather not have the stamp, but I've heard the AT&T ones aren't as bad.
    Yes, the AT&T model has the death star on the back. It's small and not bad.
    08-23-2015 05:32 PM
  23. Diraan's Avatar
    Yes, the AT&T model has the death star on the back. It's small and not bad.
    That's too bad. I wish I could use an unlocked international version and have access to all the same bands. I'll eventually use a case anyway.
    08-23-2015 05:50 PM
  24. erasat's Avatar
    I bought a 64 gb from T-mobile for $779.99. The 32 gb is $699.99.
    Plus taxes, no taxes on eBay...
    08-23-2015 05:56 PM
  25. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Plus taxes, no taxes on eBay...
    Actually no taxes, I don't pay taxes I have Jump on Demand.

    I paid $99.99 on Friday, which is the down payment for the 65 gb. If I got the 32 gb, I would have walked out paying $0.
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    08-23-2015 06:08 PM
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