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  1. AC Question's Avatar
    If I am paying cash for a new Samsung Galaxy S8+ is there any advantage to buying it directly from Samsung vs Verizon?
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    03-12-2017 01:13 PM
  2. Blues Fan's Avatar
    If I am paying cash for a new Samsung Galaxy S8+ is there any advantage to buying it directly from Samsung vs Verizon?
    Not sure because when buying from Samsung it's a distributor who actually ships it, not Samsung and I've heard a lot of bad reviews about them, the return process, wait times, etc. Probably better to buy from verizon or the unlocked model at Best Buy when it comes out.
    03-12-2017 04:06 PM
  3. gbungart's Avatar
    Thanks...is there any advantage to an unlocked model...I didn't think Verizon locked their phones any more. ALSO the reason I would like a non Verizon sale is they take forever to push out updates.
    03-12-2017 05:59 PM
  4. ol_jackburton's Avatar
    from what i read it takes just as long for samsung to push out updates as it does verizon. from what i can tell the only real advantage is there is less bloatware on the unlocked phones.
    03-13-2017 07:36 PM
  5. LdotAdot13's Avatar
    Thanks...is there any advantage to an unlocked model...I didn't think Verizon locked their phones any more. ALSO the reason I would like a non Verizon sale is they take forever to push out updates.
    Stay away from an unlocked version, unless you actually swap out sims and travel abroad. I bought an S7 edge unlocked thinking I'll get updates first.

    I was wrong. Still waiting for nougat while us cellular, Rogers, and ever other carrier already has it. Never again
    03-21-2017 10:46 AM
  6. wookiee2cu's Avatar
    I would order from your carrier. Not saying it will happen but with the Note 7 fiasco, those who ordered directly from Samsung had a heck of a time getting it returned and getting refunds to show up. Because they ordered directly from Samsung, going into a carrier store was not an option as the purchase wasn't made with that company so there were no records in their system.
    03-21-2017 12:35 PM
  7. swarlos's Avatar
    Probably best to buy from Verizon cause you get the best of both worlds it being unlocked and then you should be getting updates quicker.
    03-21-2017 11:27 PM
  8. ol_jackburton's Avatar
    In the past has a place like best buy adding their own promotions on top of what Samsung offers. My note7 i pre-ordered through Verizon, and of course big red had no additional promotions going.
    03-22-2017 06:29 AM
  9. Storm24's Avatar
    I would really like an unlocked phone. So I can leave a carrier if I want to switch to another if their prices are better. I like having that freedom. But I certainly don't like the fact that they seem to be in the back of the line with updates. Or that it is difficult to get support for them. If you get one and buy it outright from ATT, Verizon, or Tmobile, they have to unlock it right?
    03-24-2017 05:24 PM
  10. anon(7901790)'s Avatar
    If I am paying cash for a new Samsung Galaxy S8+ is there any advantage to buying it directly from Samsung vs Verizon?
    The phone is unlocked. The difference between the Verizon branded version and the unbranded version is the lack of bloatware from Verizon and the Verizon logo on the back and on start up. Though, you're still stuck with Samsung bloatware.

    The part that is "locked" is the CDMA. The GSM and LTE radios are not locked.
    03-24-2017 08:01 PM
  11. jhill110's Avatar
    So there is no truly unlocked GS8 that would work on all carriers... Like the old nexus phones?
    03-25-2017 08:32 PM
  12. Joseph Guy1's Avatar
    I always get unlocked version from best buy or directly, the S7 issues is correct it dose take longer to get updates but not that much, in my case I hate all the crap verzion and att put on their phones so I go for unlocked
    03-25-2017 09:24 PM
  13. trucksmoveamerica#AC's Avatar
    I always get unlocked version from best buy or directly, the S7 issues is correct it dose take longer to get updates but not that much, in my case I hate all the crap verzion and att put on their phones so I go for unlocked
    How much support does Verizon give you on unlocked phones?
    03-26-2017 07:22 AM
  14. tcdude's Avatar
    I always get unlocked version from best buy or directly, the S7 issues is correct it dose take longer to get updates but not that much, in my case I hate all the crap verzion and att put on their phones so I go for unlocked
    I didn't know best buy sold unlocked flagship phones like the S series
    03-26-2017 11:32 AM
  15. ODog2323's Avatar
    I used to think buying unlocked would mean faster updates, but that's not really the case. We'll see what the buying options actually turn out to be, but I think I'd still prefer buying outside the carrier system to avoid the extra software bloat, branding, and entering a new contract.
    03-26-2017 12:26 PM
  16. Joseph Guy1's Avatar
    Depends on you if you don't care about all the crap carriers put on their phone then go with them but I hate all the crap so I buy unlocked
    03-26-2017 01:16 PM
  17. LdotAdot13's Avatar
    I didn't know best buy sold unlocked flagship phones like the S series
    Best buy has sold the unlocked S series since the S6. I've bought both unlocked phones from them.
    03-26-2017 03:33 PM
  18. tcdude's Avatar
    Best buy has sold the unlocked S series since the S6. I've bought both unlocked phones from them.
    Really? Maybe it's the best buy in my area then, I'll check some in other locations
    03-26-2017 07:11 PM
  19. ODog2323's Avatar
    Best buy has sold the unlocked S series since the S6. I've bought both unlocked phones from them.
    I wasn't aware of that. Good to know!
    03-26-2017 08:47 PM
  20. ODog2323's Avatar
    How have the last few Galaxy launches been in terms of availability? I haven't had a Samsung phone since the Note 2. If this phone is a hit, is it likely to be hard to find early on??

    So many botched Android device launches over the years have left me jaded haha. Seems the excitement of a great new phone is often marred by the frustration of trying to actually get it in my hands!
    03-26-2017 10:25 PM
  21. rushmore's Avatar
    I will consider if RGB pixels and not pentile. Otherwise I will stick with my trusty Note 4 and S7 (use S7 mainly for VR).
    03-27-2017 08:41 AM
  22. Storm24's Avatar
    Best buy has sold the unlocked S series since the S6. I've bought both unlocked phones from them.
    Did you get any promo's when you bought that phone? Could you pre-order it or did it come out after it released to the carriers?
    03-28-2017 08:16 AM
  23. LdotAdot13's Avatar
    I've gotten every promo they offered. S6 edge came with a VR. S7 edge came with sd card. I got an S2 gear and a 256 sd with the whole N7 debacle.
    03-28-2017 08:21 AM
  24. Storm24's Avatar
    I've gotten every promo they offered. S6 edge came with a VR. S7 edge came with sd card. I got an S2 gear and a 256 sd with the whole N7 debacle.
    Was the unlocked version available on the day the others were released to be sold?
    03-28-2017 08:36 AM
  25. ol_jackburton's Avatar
    the only promo's you would miss would be the carrier or store specific ones.
    03-28-2017 11:39 AM
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