We get it: you want a fancy new smartphone, but you don’t feel like paying full price it. Certainly, we’ve all been there. So you scrounge through carrier listings, hoping for a good deal, or maybe keep your fingers crossed that some generous retailer will come through with a bargain. Eventually, you probably will stumble across a price you can live with, but that deal’s not always one without its trade-offs. Take, for instance, the Samsung Galaxy S7 offer we shared with you last week: sure, an eBay seller was letting the phone go for just $500, but we were talking about a refurbished model. When you’re spending this much on mobile tech, we couldn’t blame you for preferring a brand-new unit. Luckily, we’ve got a new deal that should hit all the right notes, as another eBay retailer get to selling non-refurbed GS7s for just $560.
This time around, the Galaxy S7 in question is a brand new, straight-from-Samsung, carrier-unlocked model. So what’s the catch?
Well, this is Samsung’s model SM-G930F, which means it’s an Exynos-powered GS7 intended for international markets. As a result, you won’t find CDMA support for Verizon or Sprint, but its bands should still be friendly enough with AT&T or T-Mobile.
Connectivity isn’t the only problem, though, and for the moment you won’t be able to use Samsung Pay with this version of the phone. That may or may not be a deal-breaker for you, but it’s worth being aware of before you make your purchase, all the same.
Update: Prefer the Galaxy S7 edge? How’s $629 sound?