Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially launched stateside at $670 and up

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While two-year contracts are no longer a thing across all of America’s “big four” carriers, their often convoluted postpaid plans and rigidity when it comes to network switching continue to make many people feel more comfortable buying unlocked gear out the box.

Unfortunately, that’s not as easy as it sounds stateside, at least if you like authorized distribution channels and manufacturer warranties. But HTC, Motorola and Samsung seem to have got the memo, the latter finally putting unlocked US-made variants of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge up for sale today.

These obviously cost a little extra than “international” eBay configurations, namely $670 and $770 respectively, and can be found on Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Target, and even the aforementioned auction-first website.

The greatest thing about them is they work with both GSM and CDMA operators, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular, achieving 4G LTE speeds wherever possible. Otherwise, they’re practically identical to carrier-specific flavors, on the inside and out, though we wouldn’t be surprised to hear later on they also relinquish some of Big Red or Ma Bell’s pre-installed bloat. Happy, yes, but not altogether surprised. That’s one of the reasons unlocked phones sometimes sell like hotcakes.

Source: Business Wire

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Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).