Anyone think it will be possible to buy a GS4 carrier free?

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  1. Rolla macrumors newbie

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    I'm in Canada and want to buy the GS4 with the Exynos Octa. Does anyone know if Samsung sells their phones carrier free? Also, where would my updates come from since I wouldn't have a carrier phone?
     
  2. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    The updates would come from Samsung, I suppose. And in theory, they'd come sooner than carrier-versions, me thinks?

    I, too, am interested in where I can buy unlocked S4's...
     
  3. lazard macrumors 65816

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    The galaxy phones are available carrier free. As for the updates, you can use their Kies software (or alternatives such as Odin or Heimdell) to download and install any available update or flash to custom ROMs.
     
  4. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Maybe best buy and their new Samsung sections?
     
  5. lazard macrumors 65816

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    If you're gunning for the Exynos version of the S4, you're gonna have to scour the net for the Korean version as that will be the "fully loaded" model.
     
  6. Rolla thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you know the confirmed frequency bands for this phone? I'm on Wind Mobile in Canada. We run the same frequency as T-Mobile. Except we don't have any LTE at the moment. I'm hoping the Exynos version is compatible with my network.
     
  7. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    Fully loaded model?
     
  8. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Clove.co.uk
    Handtec.co.uk

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    Loaded with Exynos 8 core (big.little) and PowerVR GPU as opposed to the 4 core Snapdragon with Adreno 320 I assume.
     
  9. Explicitic macrumors 6502

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    Negri is usually cheaper than most other retailers that sell unlocked phones and they are also one of the first to get them.
     
  10. Sincci macrumors regular

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    Nope, he means that the Korean version is the only Exynos 5 Octa -based SGS4 variant that comes with LTE support. The international version supports only 3G networks.
     
  11. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Thanks. :) Gotcha... So Samsung are actually building three SKU's.......
    (Excluding solid state storage differences as well)...
     
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  13. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I think you'll find a number of us here have bad customer experiences with Expansys.
     
  14. sentinelsx macrumors 68010

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    Expansys is a joke.

    They sell a galaxy s 2 for $549? A nexus 4 for $449 but a galaxy nexus for $499?

    I wonder who are the guys who keep getting ripped off by expansys.
     
  15. lazard macrumors 65816

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    you'll be wanting SHV-E300S, SHV-E300K or SHV-E300L
     
  16. chagla macrumors 6502a

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    you can of course! not confirmed but i hear the sim free price is going to be US $579. Expansys-usa or exapnsys is a pretty good vendor to buy from.
     

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