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    I've no particular fondness for Samsung over any other brand, but what sold me on the S7 line - instead of competing phones from, say, LG, Motorola, HTC, etc., - was their forward-thinking implementation of the MST technology to enable secure mobile-payment at pretty much every single point-of-sale terminal in the US.

    Do these carrier-unlocked phones allow for Samsung Pay? If so, this new news is quite welcome.
     
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    Yes... they do as you do not have to be carrier locked for Samsung Pay or Android Pay. :)
     
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    Firmware downloads for most of the major U.S. carriers are being released for the U.S. models of the Galaxy S7, G930U, and the Galaxy S7 Edge, G935U. So far the Galaxy S7 Edge firmware is showing, here.

    This is now looking more like the Canadian, regional model setup, whereby the Canadians have a model/firmware for their country and it is then sub-divided into carrier firmwares. So, the G930W8, S7, and the G935W8, S7 Edge, which in turn are given carrier firmwares.

    I cannot see a reason at the moment, why existing U.S. Snapdragon, carrier branded models could not be flashed with these firmwares other than for the fact that they have locked down bootloaders which will probably prevent this.
     
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    I have Verizon. Verizon does not lock their phones. But they also don't allow any non-Verizon phones on their network. I think they check the ESN of the phone. So I'm not sure you could use one of these new Samsung unlocked S7's on Verizon.
     
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    Au Contraire mon frere:
    http://www.verizonwireless.com/bring-your-own-device/


    Should be making an appearance here,if not already:
    http://willmyphonework.net/
     
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    I stand corrected!

    I'm pretty sure they didn't used to allow non-Verizon phones on their network. But I guess they've changed that policy. Good to know.

    Thanks.
    Eric S.
     
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    Is there only 1 unlocked version of the phone and it supports GSM and CDMA? Or are there separate phones unlocked for each network?
     
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    Looks like one model for all US bands (carriers):
    http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SM-G930UZKAXAA

    http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SM-G935UZSAXAA?CID=AFL-hq-mul-0813-11000946
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Which are the exact models listed @ BestBuy:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung...D=1&siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-d3Ha4fCqZcRw2UrkCZD5bA

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung...D=1&siteID=jo_pTdthTuc-8wsB0I4BsKpyt3cHcpPytg
     
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    I have the Verizon Galaxy S7. It works on both CDMA and GSM. It seems that most 4G phones are like that these days.

    - Eric
     
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    You need GSM for 4G/LTE. However the Verizon model's 4G/LTE is not compatible with the majority of worldwide GSM networks unfortunately.
     
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    Well, sure. But is there any phone that supports all GSM bands?

    In any event, I was just trying to answer 91Firebirder's question. I believe the answer is, yes, the unlocked phone supports both CDMA and GSM.

    - Eric S.
     
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    Asked & answered already:
    You're the one muddying the waters by mentioning Europe,he made no mention of Europe,implied or otherwise.
    And to your other statement:
    No,most 4G phones are not compatible with GSM & CDMA ,but,suit yourself................
     
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    Okay, okay. Sorry! I was just trying to help. No need to be nasty about it.

    I'm only going from my experience with Verizon. All the 4G/LTE phones that I looked at that Verizon has support both CDMA and GSM. But you obviously know more than I do about it, so I'll just shut up from now on.
     
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    Not being nasty,just putting out correct information/tools for such that's already out there & given in this thread,twice (now 3x):
    www.willmyphonework.net

    Besides,when you joined the conversation this morning,you weren't even aware that your carrier had a BYOD policy,which allows such for some,not all phones.YMMV.................

    If you want to sit in silence,that's not necessary,but,it's your choice.
    Have a nice day. :thumbsupdroid:
     
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    Hey, you misunderstood. KOLIO is never nasty and always very helpful. You must be talking about ironass. There I would agree with you.
     
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    THX!!! :rolleyes: :D
     
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    Poor naked wretches, whereso'er you are,
    That bide the pelting of this pitiless Ironass,
    How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides,
    Your looped and windowed raggedness, defend
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    From seasons such as these? O, I have ta'en
    Too little care of this. Take physic, pomp.
    Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
    That thou may'st shake the superflux to them
    And show the heavens more just. (3.4.32-41)
     
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    King Lear wasn't a Verizon Wireless customer was he?
     
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    He was indeed! As this line demonstrates...

    "I am a man more sinned against than sinning"

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