Color:Brand New – Gold
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3.9 out of 5 stars
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January 2, 2018
This phone is indeed GSM unlocked although it is a Verizon phone with its logo. Any network carrier will work through this phone, but there are special, crucial steps to do so (I will explain it more later on below about third party sellers).
So first thing is about the phone itself. I received this phone and I was actually excited and surprised at how good of a condition it was. I hardly if not see any damages, it’s clean, smooth, and what an S7 Edge should be as new. So already off to a great start.
Charger and adapter can with it. And boy does this phone charges fast, and the charger helps as well and neat charging animation (even gives an estimate time). They are clean as well and works great. So far, I have not had an issue wirh this phone heating up when NOT charging (suppose to heat up a little in the back when it is), so that is a good sign. Remember this phone uses a micro usb cable.
Also came along was a SIM card opener. Very useful so that I don’t need to use a pin and possibly damage anything you know? This phone uses a MICRO SIM CARD, not the regular SIM. So if you don’t have one, ask your carrier’s store if you have those triple SIM card where the micro SIM is in there so you can insert the card in. Also, same place as the SIM is where you can place the MICRO SD CARD AS WELL. Useful for the extra storage.
What I am disappointed is that it did not came with a usb connector, which helps transfer files between and especially when you want to transfer via SMART SWITCH APP already pre-installed in the phone, and others as printing and etc. Just be prepared to wait perhaps hours if you have a lot of things to transfer from your old phone. I recommend using smart switch app because it transfers everything from your old phone and lets you control which ones to transfer too. You can also transfer wirelessly as well. You just need to open the app on the old phone and click the three dots upper right to open settings and the pin is there to use in the transfer process.
So when you first start the phone, you will go through the steps to set the phone up. Don’t worry about the SIM card insert or mobile data. You can do this later. Right now you want to get to the home screen. Once you are done, scroll around and see how the phone looks. Since this is a Verizon, you will see their apps. You don’t have to use them, like the Verizon messaging is cool looking, but sucks when it does not have an organized contacts tab (not alphabetized), instead from the last person you contacted and you can’t even search them up.
The phone is already updated, and personally, everything about the S7 Edge is an uprgrade for me from my S5. The phone I received looks good and performs good. I have not yet had an issue with it.
So now when you insert the SIM card, you will not automatically get your carrier data. This is where the special instructions begin, and I go more about this later on. What you do see is the notification that this is not a Verizon SIM card. You can easily clear this out or even force stop it by long tapping it, app info, and force stop it. But this will always reappear everyone you restart the phone. But honestly, this does not even bother me and just minor compared to how awesome the phone will be once I can get it to work under my data plan. I recommend backing up as I mentioned before after you get your data to work because what if you have problems with the phone? And your backup is installed in there and you then need to transfer back to your old phone or computer.
So let me tell you that finding this Samsung Galaxy S7 “EDGE” is such a chore especially when you are searching for one with affordable pricing, color, and one that should be unlocked. I had to buy a refurbished phone because it is always cheaper and sometimes in a good scenario, all that happened to it was that it was “used” or opened from the box.
If you are buying a phone online, you must definitely do your research on whoever selling it and what the descriptions and return policies say. I bought this phone from seller BuySPRY. Previously, I had bought it from another seller. Sometimes, these phones are not directly from Samsung or Amazon, but is backed by Amazon and from certified refurbished third party sellers. So if anything goes wrong, you can count on Amazon having your back and that you can contact the seller as well. And that is exactly what happened to me and I did.
You see, I highly suggest keep in contact with whoever selling the phone and emailing them directly making sure you get instructions and the information needed to unlock your phone. They emailed me first with a link saying Verizon guarantees never to lock their phones and provided a youtube link to unlocking the phone. To be frankly honest, I don’t think the video helps too much for me lol, although I watched through it. Because, the real info you need all comes down to the phone’s network settings where you need to input things as APN, Proxy, etc.
IF YOU ARE CONFUSED IN WHAT TO DO TO GET YOUR DATA NETWORK ACTIVATED, IT IS BEST TO FIRST GO TO THE CARRIER’S STORE.
I have Metero PCS, and I was extremely lucky to have an employee there generously (btw, 15 bucks now to activate the phone to have it work under Metro PCS lol) help me out input the information for me. Also, not only that, you also need additional input for MMS TO WORK. Because the information provided is not enough (which I included) For Metero PCS, you need to give them the IMEI number for the phone. This is what I know only for Metro. I can’t say for other carriers, but I could imagine it is all similar.
After all that, I think you should be able to back up and then customize as you please.
Also to point out, this phone has the function to show the clock when it is locked/turned off. This can get annoying and to mention waste of battery. You can easily disable this feature by going to settings, display and turn off always on display.
So I hope you read to the end and that is this review helped you. I want you able to enjoy the new phone as I have and hope things go smoothly
December 11, 2017
This phone looks and works like brand new! I was able to contact Verizon and have them switch over to this device with no problems. About 24 hours after activating it, the phone did go through about 15 different software updates to bring it up to date, but I was expecting this to happen. After all the updates were finished, I did a quick wipe of the cache partition, and the phone has been working great. The package includes an adaptor for connecting to your old Samsung Galaxy phone to transfer all of your apps and data. I had all of my music on an SD card in my Note 4, and was able to move the card into the S7 Edge with no problems. The phone did not come with the little tool for opening the SD/SIM card slot, but I just used the post of an earring to easily open it (you can also just use a paperclip or a thumbtack).
I’ve been using the phone for 2 weeks now, and all of the functions work flawlessly – calls, texts, apps, Bluetooth connectivity, everything. I had originally planned to only use this phone for a year or so, but I like it so much, I hope it lasts longer. One of my concerns with a refurbished device, especially one with a non-removable battery (the back of this particular phone does not easily pop open without specialized tools) was that the battery would already be old and would quickly die. I am happy to report that the battery in the phone that I received lasts a really long time. It would probably last several days in standby/light usage, and it easily lasts a day and half for me with heavy usage and lots of video streaming. It comes with a Samsung Fast charging cable, and I have subsequently purchased the Samsung Wireless Charger to charge it wirelessly, and that works perfectly, too.
If you are hesitating for the same reasons I was, I can recommend this device with no reservations.
April 26, 2017
February 9, 2018
Had the phone just under a month and the rear camera started malfunctioning but would still work, then just under 2 month mark it consistently fails to start up. Unfortunately this seems to be a common problem with Galaxy phones, however, I tried practically every solution available but no luck. Was told its probably a hardware issue if a factory reset failed to fix the issue. Maybe the unit I got was a bit defective or had underlying water or fall damage? Anyway, will be replacing for another and hope I don’t have the same issue as I really do like this phone.
December 2, 2017
i recently noticed the backing of my phone was sticking out so i figured maybe i dropped it and it popped open so i just pushed it closed and the back glass broke… i couldnt figure out why it was not closing or even open in the first place. then i started to notice my battery life draining fast even on battery save mode. i have to charge this thing 2 to 3 times a day. (it does charge fast though)
i soon realized it was the battery. IT WAS SWOLLEN. idk when or how it happened i didnt do anything unusual. its winter and when i walk to work its cold outside so it couldnt have over heated.. i just dont know but now i need a new battery and a new back glass cover.
im VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!