Galaxy S8: What’s the difference between U.S. unlocked and carrier versions?
If your goal is not to stress about the carrier behind your new Galaxy S8, then the unlocked version is the way to go.
Now that it’s officially available to purchase, there are plenty of reasons you should consider paying the full price for the unlocked Galaxy S8 over a subsidized one from your carrier. Not only are you freeing yourself from the relative shackles of a contract with a carrier, but you’re also signing up for an easier experience. Having a carrier loom over your device means that it’s also included its own stuff right out of the box. By virtue, the unlocked Galaxy S8 is simply pain-free.