1. sfrrr's Avatar
    I seem to have waited too long to upgrade my Note 9. I'm old-fashioned--I refuse to buy a locked phone; without an SD card, I need 512 gb storage; I'm looking forward to the large phone (I wouldn't put it into a pocket on a bet); and need an S-pen.

    However, I have surfed and phoned all over the US, and can't find a 512 model anywhere. (I even considered getting an AT&T phone, but their promised delivery date was July. July?) In the past, I have bought a few phones that were European or Japanese models. I don't think I'm up to that anymore, but maybe...

    Any advice?

    Thanks,
    sfrrr
    04-18-2021 09:50 PM
  2. marzfreerider's Avatar
    I assume you checked the Samsung website? How about Amazon?
    04-19-2021 02:02 AM
  3. DJM626's Avatar
    You may have luck at a local Best Buy too if you are in the US
    amyf27 likes this.
    04-19-2021 03:37 AM
  4. Kizzy Catwoman's Avatar
    The S21 doesn't have a sd card slot
    04-19-2021 03:40 AM
  5. fuzzylumpkin's Avatar
    The S21 doesn't have a sd card slot
    They know, that's why they want 512.

    You may be out of luck, I've heard they only do a limited run of the highest capacity, do as stand smaller local shops may be your best hope if you want a brand new one.
    04-19-2021 06:11 AM
  6. illiniah's Avatar
    I ordered my 512 blue at launch direct from Samsung and I had to wait 6+ weeks for delivery. If you want one (and you may not like this), I suggest ordering direct and patience.
    04-19-2021 06:52 AM
  7. The_Woo's Avatar
    Swappa.....got mine, brand new and saved $400..... probably cheaper now
    04-19-2021 11:44 PM
  8. FACTagent's Avatar
    I gave up and finally ordered a 256 GB Verizon s21 Ultra model from Samsung. I looked at my storage usage on my Note 20 ultra and determined the files I really need (mostly high-quality music files) take up 160 GB. There were 36 GB of videos I don't really need in local storage; cloud access is fine for all but a small handful. So, 256 seemed like enough, although I would have preferred 512 GB to just not have to worry about storage. Samsung is offering $700 for my Note 20 Ultra, so net on the s21 Ultra is around $475. They also had an offer for a $100 accessory credit that I will be taking advantage of to buy an S-Pen and some S-Pen cases. I view this as my "hold me over until I see what Samsung does in 2022" upgrade: If there's a Note 21 (or 22) in 2022, I'll upgrade to that next year. Otherwise, S22 ultra if it still supports the S-pen. Not ready yet to jump on the foldable train especially with recent news suggesting the Fold 3 will still not have an integrated S-pen silo and durability concerns given how much time I like to spend on the beach in the summer.
    Jona005 likes this.
    04-20-2021 09:25 AM
  9. sfrrr's Avatar
    I've tried all the retail and manufacturer sources you all recommended and more. Thanks.

    I've been thinking about the 256 gig model-- don't seem to have much choice. Like FACTagent's, I could use the 256gb version as a bridge to the S22 generation. Expensive stop gap.

    I'll put a lot of my music on USB on-the-go thumb drives. But it's still scary coming that close to topping out the 256gb total storage capacity right at the very beginning of the new phone's life span.

    Thanks for your help. Any other ideas welcome.

    Sfrrr
    04-20-2021 01:38 PM
  10. felloffthetruck's Avatar
    Maybe get one on eBay?

    Just looked on eBay and they are going for HUGE $$$$
    04-20-2021 07:51 PM
  11. X1tymez's Avatar
    Maybe get one on eBay?

    Just looked on eBay and they are going for HUGE $$$$
    Yeah because of seller fee.
    04-21-2021 10:44 AM
  12. JHStewart1023's Avatar
    I ended up going to Verizon and got one from my carrier at the 256gb model. I knew I didn't want the 128gb model- the only issue is that the Verizon model, despite being bought outright has to wait to be unlocked. not too much of a big deal, but still lame.
    04-22-2021 03:24 PM
  13. danhartman26's Avatar
    I ended up going to Verizon and got one from my carrier at the 256gb model. I knew I didn't want the 128gb model- the only issue is that the Verizon model, despite being bought outright has to wait to be unlocked. not too much of a big deal, but still lame.
    Aren't the VZW phones all unlocked from the start nowadays?
    04-22-2021 07:12 PM
  14. felloffthetruck's Avatar
    Aren't the VZW phones all unlocked from the start nowadays?
    I believe they keep them locked for 60 days
    04-23-2021 05:56 PM
  15. danhartman26's Avatar
    I believe they keep them locked for 60 days
    Ah, ok - I've had VZW for over 20 years, and never tried to do anything requiring the unlocke. But I remember years ago there was a settlement with the government that they had to unlock all phones...
    04-23-2021 06:20 PM
  16. bhatech's Avatar
    For me personally I could care less about if the phone is SIM unlocked, I buy unlocked phone because it runs unlocked firmware as Samsung envisioned and not some modified firmware as wanted by carrier. SIM unlocking I could care less I'm not changing carriers but I care about having unlocked clean firmware.
    mustang7757 likes this.
    04-23-2021 06:53 PM
  17. mustang7757's Avatar
    For me personally I could care less about if the phone is SIM unlocked, I buy unlocked phone because it runs unlocked firmware as Samsung envisioned and not some modified firmware as wanted by carrier. SIM unlocking I could care less I'm not changing carriers but I care about having unlocked clean firmware.
    Agree there
    bhatech likes this.
    04-23-2021 08:18 PM
  18. danhartman26's Avatar
    Agree there
    Me three - when we pre-ordered theses N20 Ultras we went unlocked directly from Samsung, and haven't looked back.

    I think I will keep going this route as long as it is an option.
    mustang7757 and bhatech like this.
    04-25-2021 04:41 PM
  19. mustang7757's Avatar
    Me three - when we pre-ordered theses N20 Ultras we went unlocked directly from Samsung, and haven't looked back.

    I think I will keep going this route as long as it is an option.
    Same , I've been on unlocked version for awhile now .
    bhatech likes this.
    04-25-2021 06:53 PM
  20. Wildside's Avatar
    Same , I've been on unlocked version for awhile now .
    I switched to iPhone last fall because I needed an easy way to video call with my parents.

    I'm planning to switch back to Android and purchase a S21 direct from Samsung.

    What are the advantages of the unlocked firmware?

    Thanks
    04-28-2021 05:49 PM
  21. mustang7757's Avatar
    I switched to iPhone last fall because I needed an easy way to video call with my parents.

    I'm planning to switch back to Android and purchase a S21 direct from Samsung.

    What are the advantages of the unlocked firmware?

    Thanks
    It's cleaner as you don't get the carrier splash screen, bloat , little faster on the security updates, which carrier u on?
    04-28-2021 06:40 PM
  22. Wildside's Avatar
    It's cleaner as you don't get the carrier splash screen, bloat , little faster on the security updates, which carrier u on?
    Verizon
    04-28-2021 07:12 PM
  23. mustang7757's Avatar
    Verizon
    Ok , you should be fine then .
    04-28-2021 07:19 PM
  24. danhartman26's Avatar
    Verizon
    I'm unlocked on Verizon. The only thing really lost is the video calling built in to the dialer. But that only worked Verizon customer to Verizon customer; So I just use Duo for video calls. I don't miss the Verizon bloat one bit.
    Rose4uKY likes this.
    04-28-2021 07:35 PM

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