Unlocked Motorola Moto Z receives update to Android Oreo in the U.S.

Those in the U.S. sporting the unlocked Motorola Moto Z (XT1650-03) are beginning to receive Android 8.0 at long last. The phone received the update in Brazil back in March, and earlier this month a small number of stateside Moto Z owners had their unit updated. Others used a workaround to manually update their Moto Z, but this required the bootloader to be unlocked.
The 1.4GB update is now rolling out OTA to those unlocked Moto Z units in the U.S. that did not receive it earlier in May. That would mean that a huge percentage of those toting this model are anxiously …


Unlocked Nokia 6.1 now comes with a free photo/video kit in the US

Officially released in the US earlier this month, the Nokia 6.1 is an unlocked smartphone made for users who don’t plan to spend more than $300 on a brand new handset. The device costs $270 regardless of where you’re getting it from (Amazon, Best Buy, or B&H), but one of these retailers is offering a free gift with it.

When purchasing the Nokia 6.1 from B&H, you’re getting a photo/video kit at no extra cost. Normally priced at $34.95, the kit includes a flexible tripod, a smartphone mount, and an external USB-chargeable LED light (with 48 LEDs), so it should be useful if you’re into …

Deal: Buy an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9, get a 128 GB memory card and charging pad for free

If you need a brand new, unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ in your life, you can currently take advantage of a few deals that are available in the US. While Samsung itself is offering a Gear S3 watch for just $99 (or a free pair of Gear IconX earbuds) with any of its Galaxy S9 smartphones, Best Buy today revealed a different offer.  
When purchasing an unlocked Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ at Best Buy, you’re receiving two free gifts: a Samsung EVO Plus 128 GB microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card (normally priced at $99.99), and a Samsung Fast Charge Wireless …

Unlocked LG V30 starts getting Android 8.0 Oreo in the US

Although all major carriers in the United States have already released Android 8.0 Oreo updates for the LG V30, the unlocked model hasn’t received the update yet. It’s common knowledge that unlocked smartphone models are the first to receive major Android OS updates, followed by carrier-bound versions.

Well, it appears that LG was forced by US carriers to deliver Android Oreo updates to their units first, and then offer the same service to consumers who bought the unlocked models.

If you’ve been wondering what’s happening with the unlocked LG V30, it appears that Android 8.0 Oreo …

Want the cheapest unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8? Buy it from Microsoft

The official US version of the Galaxy Note 8 normally costs $950 unlocked, but Samsung is currently taking $100 off the smartphone’s price, offering it for $850. However, if you want the best deal on the unlocked Note 8, you shouldn’t buy the device from Samsung. Get it from Microsoft instead. 
Right now, Microsoft is selling the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for just $829.99. Obviously, that’s not a huge discount, but the handset is still $20 cheaper than at Samsung. This is the lowest unlocked Galaxy Note 8 price we’ve seen thus far (as long as we’re talking about the …

Best Buy will sell you the U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ for $50 off with a Big Red caveat

Have nothing to do today? Here’s an idea. Get in your car, drive to Best Buy, and take advantage of its sale on the U.S. unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+. Now, there is a big red caveat. Or perhaps we say Big Red caveat. To score the sale price of $669.99, you must activate the phone today through Verizon. And, you need to either open a new account, or add a new line. Following those rules, the U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9+ is $789.99.

Suppose you have no interest in switching to Verizon, or in adding a new line to your existing Big Red account. Or let’s …

Samsung Store drops prices on carrier Galaxy S9/S9+ to unlocked levels, cuts more off AT&T models

The online Samsung Store today has given U.S. consumers a reason not to buy the Samsung Galaxy S9 or Samsung Galaxy S9+ from their wireless providers. Sammy has lowered the price of carrier branded variants of its 2018 flagship phones to match the price of the U.S. unlocked versions. Since Verizon and AT&T each tacked on approximately $80 to the price of the Galaxy S9, and $90 to the price of the Galaxy S9+, this represents a small but much appreciated savings.

So the new pricing from the Samsung Store has the Galaxy S9 (U.S. carrier or U.S. unlocked) available for $719.99, and the Galaxy …

Best BYOD unlocked phones you can bring to Verizon

The vast majority of the US still gets their phones directly from the carriers, be it online or in their stores, but there is a trend to source them in a different way, with the latest reports pegging that slice of the market at about 15%. The reason is pretty simple – while previously it was near impossible to find a phone that will work with Verizon’s voice and data services unless you got it from the carrier itself, and approved for that network usage, times have changed.
Nowadays, Qualcomm and other cellular modem makers have gotten so good in stuffing tens of …

Deal: Unlocked Galaxy S9 and S9+ now come with a free SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

Back in February, we reported about a Best Buy promotion that allowed US customers to get a free Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit when purchasing an unlocked Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, or Galaxy S8+. 
This week, Best Buy revived the promotion, but it dropped the Galaxy S8 series in favor of the new Galaxy S9 family – which is, of course, good news. There are no specific requirements for this deal, all you need to do is purchase an unlocked Galaxy Note 8 ($949.99), unlocked Galaxy S9 ($719.99), or unlocked Galaxy S9+ ($839.99). The free …

Grab a deal: flagship LG G6, brand new and unlocked, at a midrange price

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We are very, very soon going to see LG’s next flagship phone — the G7 ThinQ. But that’s not going to make the 2017-made LG G6 entirely obsolete. On the contrary — the latter still runs pretty well, has a small body with a large screen in it, and comes with cool wide-angle cameras. In fact, it’s probably better than your average $420 midranger.

Why did we bring up that last bit? Well, because we just spotted B&H Photo Video selling brand-new, …