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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Will Soon Be Available on T-Mobile and Sprint

The wait is over! A rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has been confirmed for both T-Mobile and Sprint. When Samsung first announced the Galaxy S8 Active in August, it was slated for release exclusively for AT&T. But after today's announcement, it looks like the Galaxy S8 Active has completed its initial exclusivity period and is ready to spread its wings to other U.S. carriers.

Although this announcement doesn't really come as a surprise, it's the first time a Galaxy S Active variant was made available to carriers other than AT&T. When the device launched, Samsung had expressed that AT&T would have a time limited exclusivity period for the Galaxy S8 Active; unlike the previous Active models of the S6 and S7. Once that time was up, Samsung would be offering the phone for users on other networks too.

The T-Mobile and Sprint version of the Galaxy S8 Active will have the same specs available as the AT&T-exclusive model. This includes a water and dust resistance frame with a shatter-resistant 5.8-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen.  Camera-wise, the phone has a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing sensor. Powering it from within is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM. There is a 64GB onboard storage with expandable storage via a microSD card slot. The phone also comes with a powerful 4,000mAh battery. Although the device comes in two colors, Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold, it looks like the latter will remain as an AT&T-exclusive option.

Sprint has not yet announced the price and availability date for the Galaxy S8 Active. Meanwhile, T-Mobile has confirmed that the device will be available online starting November 17th and a November 22nd availability date for T-Mo stores. T-Mobile has priced the Galaxy S8 Active at $820 but will be available for a $100 down and $30 per month for 24 months on EIP or with an 18-month JUMP! On Demand lease for $100 down and $29 per month price. It's roughly the same as AT&T's $28.34 per month for 30 months or $849.99 full retail price.

One of the reasons why this announcement is exciting for T-Mobile users is because the Galaxy S8 Active comes with support for the Uncarrier's 600MHz (Band 71) coverage. What this means is that the reach of the LTE coverage is extended on this device. Currently, this will work really well with users who reside in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Scarborough, Maine. Other parts in the US where T-Mobile is slated to launch in include the following:

  • Central Pennsylvania
  • Central Virginia
  • Coastal North Carolina
  • Eastern Washington
  • Additional areas of Maine
  • Northeast and Southwest Oregon
  • Southwest Kansas
  • The Oklahoma panhandle
  • West Texas
  • Western North Dakota
  • Wyoming
The device also comes with 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM support on T-Mobile. 

Is the T-Mobile or Sprint version of the Galaxy S8 Active still something you would be interested in?

Sources: Tmo NewsThe Verge

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  1. Just reminder, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X does not support T-Mobile’s band 71.

    1. Lack of band 71 will not stop iPhone users from buying these phones instead of Samsung. It probably makes the phone more attractive to them.

    2. Yeah. "Lack of Band 71" ranked in the top 5 reasons buyers lined up for the iPhone X, along side "headphone jack courage", "notch", and "Bill Gets isn't using one."

    3. As long as Apple sells unbranded X, it is not as big of issue since I find no evidence that the SM-G892U supports 71. Many flagship customers have sworn off carrier branded phones.

    4. u mean this s8 Active has band 71 & the Galaxy Note 8 doesn't???
      How is this possible?
      I see the unlocked Note 8 lacks band 71, but does anyone know if the T-mobile variant of Note 8 has band 71?

  2. Wish it had HPUE for Sprint. Glad Samsung is finally including a high capacity battery.

  3. Will there be a generic version with band 71?

    1. The FCC certification shows the SM-G892U supporting every US phone frequency including Band 71 as well as all the CDMA frequencies and all the little weird high frequency LTE ones that only AT&T and Sprint have for data. Whenever a Samsung phone number ends in U that means it's unlocked. What I don't understand though is why, when this phone is clearly available on T-Mobile AND Sprint, Samsung hasn't yet said boo about it being available directly from them. Maybe Verizon and AT&T are blocking the unlocked version?

  4. Boy howdy, I just can't wait to spend $950+ after taxes, case and screen protectors on something that isn't even an iPhone.

    Heck, my family and I spend more than that on Sunday brunch with the Joneses.

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