For those of you in the US, Best Buy is now offering a $200 gift card with any eligible purchase of an unlocked Galaxy S8 device.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 duo is only a few months old, but they’re seeing all sorts of discounts already, especially the unlocked versions. Samsung already offers trade-in deals for locked and unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus devices, which could bring down the price by as much as $350, and now, Best Buy is joining in on the fun.
Currently, Best Buy is selling the unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus for $724.99 and $824.99 respectively, but the retailer will give you a free $200 Best Buy gift card for every eligible purchase. While it’s not technically a discount, if you shop at Best Buy often, it’s not a bad deal. Plus, these will come with a free Insignia Holder/Stand.
The unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will work with all four major carriers in the US including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Apart from the fact that these are carrier unlocked, all the specs remain the same: Samsung’s signature Dual Pixel 12-megapixel camera, Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and an iris-scanner. The smaller one comes with a 5.8-inch display and a 3,000 mAh battery whereas its bigger sibling sports a 6.2-inch display and a 3,500 mAh battery.
If you have, for instance, an old Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, or Galaxy S7 Edge lying around, you’re probably better off trading those in to get an actual discount of $300+.
If you do have a recent Samsung flagship to trade in though, you might want to go with Samsung’s official promotion. Sure, you are getting $200 to spend at Best Buy, but it’s only at Best Buy. If you have, for instance, an old Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, or Galaxy S7 Edge lying around, you’re probably better off trading those in to get an actual discount of $300+. However, it is worth mentioning that for the past few years, Samsung has faced heavy criticism from frustrated unlocked Galaxy users who always seem to the last ones to receive security patches and OS updates. It’s not clear yet whether Samsung’s software update strategy has improved with the Galaxy S8, but if official software support is something that’s really important for you, there is that risk.
Will you be buying an unlocked Galaxy S8 device from either Best Buy or Samsung? Do you think these are good deals for Samsung’s latest flagships? Let us know by leaving a comment below!