Samsung vowed to reduce the prices of its newest flagship phones, and indeed discounts are underway, but we never expected something this extreme.
Once upon a time available for as much as $900 unlocked, the avant-garde Galaxy S6 Edge now costs a measly $549.99 via trusted eBay seller 232tech. While some may argue that’s still an extravagant tariff, given the OnePlus 2 is ready to hit stores the invite system at $330, we say it’s a very enticing bargain.
After all, the dual-curved 5.1-inch powerhouse is truly a one-of-a-kind contrivance, at least until the S6 Edge+ goes official next week. Speaking of, it’s certainly no coincidence the deal turned up on the eve of the edgy phablet’s introduction, as we might well forget the “standard” S6 Edge ever existed in a matter of days.
As always when it comes to eBay merchants, a moderate dose of caution is recommended. There don’t seem to be any obvious “catches” involved, except for the absence of a valid manufacturer warranty. But that’s generally a staple of “international” unlocked listings, with a similar S6 Edge configuration sold on Amazon starting at $665.
It’s good to keep in mind GSM handhelds can’t be activated on CDMA networks (read Verizon and Sprint), with AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket Wireless and the gang free to choose from. You get the bare minimum in native storage space, i.e. 32 GB, no microSD card slot, no water protection or removable battery, but a super-sharp Quad HD AMOLED screen, potent Exynos 7420 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 16 MP rear camera, Android 5.1 Lollipop software and 2,600 mAh cell juice.
Also discounted at T-Mobile recently, the GS6 Edge goes for $680 on full retail over there, which you can split into 24 monthly payments of $28.33. Both the 64 and 128 GB versions cost $760 outright, or $31.67 a month with $0 down.