Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge news: Now available through four U.S. carriers, two more joining

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After the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge during the company’s Unpacked 2016 event at the MWC 2016, pre-orders for the devices started coming in. A report in TechAdvisor said that pre-orders were “exceeding expectations,” noting that they were higher by 200 percent compared to the Galaxy S6 within 48 hours after the official launch.

In the United States, four major carriers – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint – are already taking pre-orders for both devices while two other carriers – Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile – will be offering the devices on their networks on March 11 and March 18, respectively. According to a Tech Times report, some customers who pre-ordered through T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T are said to have received their devices. This is ahead of Samsung’s global release date of March 11.

As for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, both carriers announced that they will offer the devices on their networks, with Boost Mobile releasing them on March 11 and Virgin Mobile on March 18. Like the other carriers, Boost and Virgin offer special packages that would make consumers want to get their devices through them. According to the report, one of their offers for the Galaxy S7 gives a $649.99 price for a Black Onyx variant, which can be “paired with no-contract plans” from either of the two carriers.

After its launch, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge got rave reviews from technical experts primarily because of the “notable upgrades” that the devices got. The first of these is the return of the microSD expansion slot, which was not present in last year’s flagships. Another is better processing powering with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 paired with 4 GB of RAM. The company continued its premium metal and glass build for both devices, and added on water-resistance with an IP68 rating.

In related news, Samsung has announced that devices acquired through Verizon will only be getting access to Samsung Pay starting on March 11. This is in response to consumer comments about not being able to access the mobile payment system app on devices that have been delivered early.