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I wanted to know that if I brought an unlocked s8 if that means I could use any carrier.

Searching google has been less than helpful for me. Hoping someone here knows.
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The whole “unlocked” concept applies to Global System for Mobile (GSM) phones. GSM is a worldwide cell standard that ties your phone number and all cell service to a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card, not the phone itself. A GSM carrier doesn't care what phone a SIM card is in. While I don't know ANY details about the S8, it's safe to say that if it caries any resemblance to the previous models you will be able to use an unlocked S8 on any GSM carrier.
Also, keep in mind that different frequencies are used in certain countries, which is why there are several variants of the same model phone. Make sure you get the unlocked variant that supports the frequencies you need.
You cannot use a Verizon (CDMA) phone on T-Mobile (GSM).

EDIT GSM bands by country
Edited by GetToTheChopaa - 4/28/17 at 6:17am
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That is what I thought. But it does not make sense with people wanting to unlock their devices on sprint and verizon if they could not use it on any other carrier.

It seemed like the unlocked device was a unversial device. Which I thought would make it a global device like the pixel.

Edit: Found my answer. The unlocked s8 will work on every gsm carrier and verizon. It is not going to work with sprint.

It still leaves to question why the s8 with sprint has a 50 day period before it can be unlocked. At which point the user has to pick between a domestic or international for their unlock.
Edited by CrazyHeaven - 4/28/17 at 9:05am
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Originally Posted by GetToTheChopaa View Post

You cannot use a Verizon (CDMA) phone on T-Mobile (GSM).[/url]
I'm pretty sure all Verizon phones are GSM now. I know my S7 is.
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