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Samsung cuts the bloatware with carrier unlocked Galaxy S7

By Scorpus
Jun 30, 2016
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  1. Those who purchased a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge in the United States were treated to a wonderful surprise when they turned on their device: carrier bloatware. Companies like Verizon couldn't resist packing in all the crap they could fit, resulting in a less-than-stellar software experience.

    Luckily, prospective buyers now have an option if they'd rather get an S7 or S7 Edge without the added bloatware. Samsung has launched carrier unlocked versions of both their flagships in the United States, which come pre-loaded with clean editions of Android 6.0 and Samsung's TouchWiz skin.

    All of the hardware inside both the unlocked S7 and S7 Edge is identical to previous versions. Samsung is selling the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 variant in the United States with 32 GB of on-board storage, plus a huge collection of LTE bands that allows this handset to work on all four major US carriers, as well as the vast majority of carriers around the globe.

    Buying an unlocked Galaxy phone from Samsung will come at a cost: $669 for the Galaxy S7, or $769 for the Galaxy S7 Edge. Currently this is around $100 more expensive than importing an unlocked phone from an international source, but buying through Samsung in the United States will make any warranty or repair issues a lot more straightforward.

    When we reviewed the Galaxy S7 Edge in March, we thought it was fantastic, and that still holds true several months and several other phone launches later. Without any carrier bloatware, it's an even better buy.

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  2. abysal

    abysal TS Booster Posts: 107   +37

    The T-Mobile version has very minimal per-installed apps, and most of them are from Samsung. I wonder if this version really cuts those out and just gives you Android 6.0 with Touchwiz and nothing else, like they say?
     
  3. CBTex

    CBTex TS Rookie

    Hopefully this becomes a trend. One phone for all networks and updates straight from the manufacturer sounds awesome.
     
  4. Thee Vulture

    Thee Vulture TS Rookie

    With the price that your paying on a phone, it should be factory unlocked, period especially with no carrier subsides even from the carrier themselves.
     

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