In the US, Samsung is all-in on the carrier-driven purchasing model. When the Galaxy S8 launched last month, it was only available locked to a US carrier. Today, US customers are finally able to plunk down some cash for the unlocked US version at Bestbuy.com or Samsung.com.
Both devices will ship May 31st, giving the carrier-locked versions about five weeks of exclusivity. The Galaxy S8 starts at $724.99, while the S8 Plus costs $824.99. Both start at 64GB of storage.
While unlocked models are usually the most desirable for their lack of crapware, easy carrier switching, and easy international usage, in Samsung's US lineup, they're also the lowest-volume units. In the past, this has meant much worse software support from Samsung—the Galaxy S7 didn't get monthly security updates for a long time. Android 7.0 Nougat for the unlocked Galaxy S7 is also just releasing today, a shocking eight-and-a-half months after Nougat's first release.