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Yes, the Verizon Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are SIM unlocked

Verizon is one of the worst offenders when it comes to pre-installed apps and changes to the Galaxy S7's software, but if you so desire the phone will at least let you use another carrier's SIM. As has been the case for some time on its LTE phones, Verizon's versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are completely SIM unlocked and ready to be used with another SIM of your choosing — for example, our T-Mobile SIM here.

Unlike the models from some other carriers, there aren't any extra hoops to go through on the Verizon Galaxy S7 — if you want to use another carrier's SIM, just pop it in and you're basically good to go. The phone will likely switch to a "Global" network mode once it detects a non-Verizon SIM, but you can switch over to "LTE/GSM/UMTS" mode under "Mobile networks" in the settings in a matter of seconds. Chances are the phone won't load the proper APN settings for the carrier (which makes sense), but those are easy enough to find and enter manually as well.

Here's the thing, though: You'll want to keep an eye on what radio bands you want to use before you go relying on your Verizon Galaxy S7 with a different carrier's SIM in it. Just because the SIM slot is unlocked doesn't mean the phone is perfectly set for use on another carrier. Per Samsung's support website (opens in new tab), here are the bands that its version of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge support:

  • FDD LTE: Band 2/3/4/5/7/8/13/18/19/20
  • TDD LTE: Band 38/39/40/41
  • UMTS: Band 1/2/5/8 (850/900/1900/2100 MHz)
  • GSM: Band 2/3/5/8 (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz)
  • TDS CDMA: 34/39

For example, T-Mobile and AT&T use Bands 2, 4, 12 and 17 for LTE — but the Verizon GS7 and GS7 edge only support 2 and 4. That means you'll still be able to use the phones on T-Mobile and AT&T, but you may not get the full power of the network depending on where you're using them.

So long as you keep that in mind, you're pretty well set to pop SIMs from major carriers into your Verizon Galaxy S7 or S7 edge — whether that's just for a few days, or permanently when you decide to give Verizon the boot but want to keep your phone.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

113 Comments
  • Not sure why anyone willing want to use the phone with ugly looking Verizon stamp and bunch of Verizon software, updates controlled by Verizon.
    You are better off selling that and buying the same phone on that carrier (may be used). That's just my opinion anyway.
  • Yeah, you can get a brand new S7 Edge on eBay (unlocked) for $699 now. No reason to get a Verizon one, unless you are insistent on having Samsung Pay or the 820 over an Exynos.
  • The current buy one get one is a dang good reason to not use eBay. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thinking the unlocked ones are region locked. As in Europe. Need to make a 5 minute call before using another sim.
  • Come on now, it's a much better tramp stamp! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Some people prefer the simplicity of being able to put a new SIM in the phone they already have. Especially if it's a short term thing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • In a lot of cases, CDMA phones are not as sought-after on eBay or amazon, and can be purchased for less money than the GSM variants. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The main use of this, to me, would be the ability to put a SIM card in when you're wanting to use it outside of the USA. Verizon unlocking it is a really nice thing, actually.
  • I am so with you on that. Unless someone wants to be bound by a carrier or phone's bloat, I'm inclined to get an y phone with decent specs that lets me install custom recovery
  • But don't these phones get unlocked once you pay them off? Be Together Not The Same
  • They are unlocked from the get-go, but if it has a balance that goes unpaid, you'd better believe they will blacklist the hell out of it.
  • That can be fixed as well. visit HelpYouWithThat.com for IMEI repair/blacklist fix
  • A previous Verizon branded phone long ago had a persistent notification that said "Non Verizon SIM" all the time. That was more than enough reason to not use a Verizon device on another carrier. My Moto X Pure Edition is working just fine on Verizon and I can take it to any other carrier. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup some phones have that. The GS7 and S7 edge don't, thankfully. Posted via the Android Central App
  • i just used a different sim card in it and it most definitely popped the "Using non-verizon sim card". Galaxy s7 edge.
  • That is very disappointing! I'm so hoping I can buy a Nexus this year!!!
  • You can swipe it away and it won't come back until you reboot.
  • Verizon g3 on att worked fine, so did the note 4 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Most phones on Verizon are unlocked if they are a 4G LTE device From:http://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/product/device-unlocking-policy "Postpay Device Unlocking Policy
    We do not lock most phones or tablets that are activated with our postpay service, either during or after the term of your service contract or Edge installment sales agreement.
    We do not lock our 4G LTE devices, and no code is needed to program them for use with another carrier.
    We do not lock our 3G devices, other than our non-iPhone 3G World Devices. The simple code to program such 3G devices for use with another carrier is either “000000” or “123456.” If the user guide for your device does not provide instructions to access the programming menu, you can contact us at *611 from your Verizon Wireless phone, or (800)922-0204, for assistance.
    The SIM cards used in our non-iPhone 3G World Devices are locked. We willl unlock those SIM cards at your request.
    Prepaid Device Unlocking Policy
    Once activated on our network, we do not lock our 4G LTE Prepaid devices, and no code is needed to program them for use with another carrier. To activate a prepaid device on our network, you must make your first monthly service payment.
    We do not lock our 3G Prepaid devices, other than our 3G Phone-in-the-Box Prepaid phones, and the simple code to program such 3G Prepaid devices for use with another carrier is either “000000” or “123456.” If the user guide for your device does not provide instructions to access the programming menu, you can contact us at *611 from your Verizon Wireless phone, or (888)294-6804, for assistance."
  • Did you read the article? It would have been easier just to do that and quote straight from it. "As has been the case for some time on its LTE phones" Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because quoting the official policy and providing the link to it gives people more information than the quote you mentioned
  • Or the article could have been written correctly to say "As has ALWAYS been the case on it's LTE phones". Not to mention, do they write an article for EVERY Verizon LTE device to inform us that they are SIM unlocked? It's kind of a waste of time. All Verizon 4G LTE phones are SIM unlocked. PERIOD. If they don't work on GSM networks, as is the case with the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, it is because it lacks the proper radio, not because it is SIM locked. If you're wondering why this bothers me so much (you aren't), it's because I get calls about this all the time doing phone support. No matter how many times I tell people their SIM is unlocked, they argue with me saying they read somewhere (here?) that I need to unlock it for them. They even tell me they took it to the other carrier and they tried to get it working and it didn't. This article mentions the usual issue... APN settings or the other Global/LTE/GSM/UMTS setting. What does that have to do with SIM unlocking? Basically instead of selectively writing articles for certain phones, make the blanket statement so people stop getting gouged on EBAY for "SIM unlocked" Verizon phones and so I stop getting calls from people thinking I'm holding out on them. THEY ARE NOT LOCKED.
  • #nexusmasterrace Posted via my glorious Nexus 6P
  • Ha-ha Posted via the Android Central App
  • #nexusmassivedisgrace Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sorry Joe, thats htc Dr. Satan is my physician
  • Nah bruh. But when HTC makes the nexus... Posted via the Android Central App
  • HTC making a Nexus would be a great way to get publicity. Until then, their publicity will be on the negative side, that is, unless the HTC 10 is badass. We will see. Dr. Satan is my physician
  • HTC 10 will skull drag the 6p Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can't comment on the 6p as I have the 6, but no doubt I like sense. And if their camera is S6 quality or more then they will have a winner. Dr. Satan is my physician
  • How so, please enlighten us with your profound knowledge and unequaled wisdom, since you or anyone else does not know the real specs of the HTC 10.
  • Or you could relax. Clearly you're the type that can put out but can't take it. And .......yes, the 10 will split n6p Whig Posted via the Android Central App
  • Naah, Itll look too much like an iphone. I cant believe those clowns were desperate and pathetic enough to make an iphone clone
  • Nexus 6p got a mullet. Clone deez nuts.... ahahahaba Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awe... Dont get butthurt just because your favorite android OEM happens to be pathetic. Hehehe
  • You change your mind more than your underware anymore so stfu Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awe snap Posted via the Android Central App
  • As usual, you dont know WTF you're talking about
  • It's nice being a part of the .1%...we can gripe about stuff that doesn't matter a single bit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Need to cut the niners fan some slack. He's still losing sleep over how bad they did last season. Don't worry. Next week he will fall in love with LG and every phone beside LG he will suddenly bad mouth. Posted via the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on the Sprint Network
  • I remember you. You're the moron that has your head so far up your own ass you don't know which way is up. I was hoping you did the online world a favor and jumped off a tall building by now.
  • You have mental issues. Posted via the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on the Sprint Network
  • Mental issues would be an understatement Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • You are so jaded anymore that there is nothing you can say against anyone that is credible Posted via the Android Central App
  • "You are so jaded anymore"?? Can you for once write a post that doesn't have grammatical errors? Seriously dude. I've rarely seen a post from you that doesn't have grammar or spelling errors.
  • Why do you think they are next up? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seems appropriate. So therefore, wishful. It's not gonna happen, but if google bought HTC, that'd be legit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LoL Be Together Not The Same
  • LOL no. Posted via the Android Central App
  • And it is glorious!! Love my Nexus on Verizon!
  • But it doesn't work the other way around, correct? For example, I can't bring an unlock S7 to Verizon.
  • Correct. The "unlocked" Galaxy S7 currently available would be a European one, which isn't meant to be used on Verizon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • vzw LTE phones are factory unlocked. Not thing new.
    Most models are having issues like no data during call, DTMF needs to switch from short to long, bad GSM recception,... Not worth it. I sold my S6e+ because I was frustrated with those issues.
  • Did you read the article? It would have been easier just to do that and quote straight from it. "As has been the case for some time on its LTE phones" Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lte doesn't always work out of the country either Posted via Techmology
  • All Verizon LTE phones are SIM unlocked. They have been since the iPhone 5. You really needed to make a headline about this? Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, they've been unlocked since the beginning, before the iPhone 5. Just some didn't have GSM radios.
  • No, part of their agreement a few years ago was to have it unlocked. It is a bit of a new thing not something that has been around forever Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes. Part of Verizon's agreement when they bought the spectrum they use for LTE was that they wouldn't lock LTE phones, so it's only as "new" as the oldest LTE Verizon phone, not the iPhone 5.
  • Wrong. The iPhone 5 was the very first SIM unlocked LTE phone on Verizon. Posted via the app ~ GS7
  • The signature says it all. Now if OEM's would just be as awesome as Nexus. Unlocked Marshmallow Nexus 6 on Verizon. I'm a happy guy.
  • well, i'll take you one further bhatech, i don't know why anyone would buy any carriers phone, when you can get the international one, and use it on most of the carriers, without problem. and those have NO markikngs on them except samsung. much better. plus, anyone with half a brain is going to root their phone anyway, so they will be able to get rid of anything they don't want, and can make it look anyway they like. if you spend all this money to get such a powerful device, and don't root it, you just aren't smart enough to understand what a device like this can really do.
  • Rooting isn't nearly as "necessary" as it used to be. If only debloating is your basis, you aren't as smart as you think you are. Posted via the Android Central App
  • debloating was only mentioned because it was being talked about, joey. so don't jump to conclusions, as it shows you lack of smarts. rooting is every bit as important today as it has always been. the reason to root your phone is NOT for one central task. rooting your device is to gain complete ownership of that device, and take it away from the manufacturer. if you don't root your phone, the manufacturer actually has control over it. and since you don't seem to know that, it confirms my earlier assumption of your ignorance. by rooting, you take that control away from them, and gain it for yourself. so get a clue joey...
  • Wow you weren't loved in adolescence. Sorry bro. Here's the thing- I'm just saying you're making an arrogant, ignorant assumption about 99% of people regarding rooting. An Android out of the box today does not require root to be enjoyed or work really well, regardless if it is in the "manufacturers control" Posted via the Android Central App
  • joey, you're too stupid to know you're stupid. you don't really know if you want to come, stay, lay or pray. it's really ridiculous that i even bother to answer you. the people in the know root. it's as simple as that. those who really know computers, hack, because they are NOT satisfied with how JOE CORPORATE is dictating the game. but little sheep, like you joey, are always gonna be there to say, "yes sir! i'll do whatever you tell me to do." because you're too stupid to realize you're being used by the big companies. you can't see your way through a sunny day, boy. but it's ok, just bend over and keep taking it from behind. after all, you're just one of the flock...
  • I'm wicked smart and I haven't rooted my 6P. I have a phd in molecular biology and have rooted many before. These phones incorporate so much of what you used to only be able to do with root, so now I just don't need to. I'm also older now and don't have the time to monkey around with it. I can't afford to go one day with a bad rom. Your comments are clearly from someone who sees only their own life as how everyone else should behave. I'd bet if you took the top 100 brains in the world and examined their phones, maybe 1 might actually have rooted their phone. Your opinion is the extreme minority. Get over yourself. Posted via the Android Central App
  • HEY.. I know this might sound crazy,but I have a Verizon s7,I am going thru a seperation she he won't pay the bill...... so,my question is .. the 1st payment has not been made,can I "root" my phone ?? It's been off for 12 days? I know it can not go to straight talk(that what website said after inputting my imei) I will be getting a new prepaid card and need to know who u think I could use.. I don't want my phone to be blacklisted.. helllppp.. I know it probably sounds like I'm dum in the tech world,honestly I am... I read all comments aND yours just really got my attention.. so,please
    direct me if you could...
  • Package Disabler Pro, no root required. Posted via the app ~ GS7
  • Heh, anyone with a quarter brain doesn't root since you can no longer use samsung pay after rooting, and that is a big reason to buy the phone. Also international version doesn't work on CDMA carriers, nor would it get VoLTE or WiFi calling on verizon. The European version is region locked, so it makes it that much harder to use in the states (have to make a 5 min call in Europe). Over all, if you want to argue who is smarter, root or non-root users, I can make a great argument either way. Think of it, claiming you can predict someone's intelligence based on what they want with their phone is stupid, or I could just claim anyone with a Galaxy phone or iPhone is stupid, just look at how simple they can be to use, or that anyone with a Nexus must be retarded, look at all the missing features. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You may want to read your comment because based on your own words you are stupid then? You state someone who roots has only a quarter brain and then follow it up in the last paragraph with the words that anyone who claims they can predict someone's intelligence based on what they want to do with their phones is stupid. Posted via the Android Central App
  • He said "anyone with a quarter brain DOESN'T root". Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes. He's stating that if you root you don't have even 1/4 a brain because you lose Samsung Pay. So what? However you want to read that sentence he is still stating that someone who chooses a certain action related to root has less brain cells than others and then wraps up by saying if you say how others should use their devices you're stupid. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So, you understand my point, good job. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So we shouldn't root so we can use SP? What if I don't have a Samsung phone? Lot's of us wouldn't touch Samsung.
  • Nobody gives a shyt about anything you just said, except for some people on AC and the like. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I bought a Verizon-branded Galaxy S7 Edge at Best Buy and put my T-Mobile sim card in it and added the T-Mobile APN settings and it works great. Not sure about performance, the speed test app doesn't work, and I don't think I'll ever get Android updates because it wants to get it from the Verizon network. Not sure if there is a workaround for that, but if someone knows one I'm all ears. I am thinking I should sell it and go buy a T-Mobile Galaxy S7 Edge, just so everything works. But their web site only lets you buy one with a plan, which I already have. And I don't see anywhere where I can buy an unlocked phone directly from Samsung. Am I missing something? Their website redirects to retail sits based on your carrier, or Best buy/Walmart/Target but I got my "unlocked" phone from Best buy which was a Verizon phone. Anyone want to trade a T-Mobile S7 Edge with my Verizon S7 Edge? :-)
  • When the updates come, get a Verizon sim from a buddy and shove it in temporarily. Solved. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hi, I have a Verizon S7 Edge and my tmobile sim won't work. Do i just need to put in the tmobile apn numbers?
  • I did exactly what Fertile Moor and everything works great. Not sure if get fastest possible speeds, but I'm getting 10mbps down and 1mbps up in Los Angeles. Speedtest.net works on H and H+, but not on LTE.
  • You don't have to be on the Verizon network to download and install an OS update for your Verizon phone. Just install the "Verizon Wireless Software Upgrade Assistant" program on your Windows pc, then plug your phone to the pc via usb cable. The program should automatically detect your phone and let you choose to update its OS if a new one is available.
  • FYI most Verizon phone come Sim unlocked. I know because I did it with the Note 4, Droid Maxx 2 and other Verizon phones.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • All LTE devices, since the iPhone 5. Posted via the app ~ GS7
  • For your information, that information is in the article you clearly didn't read before commenting on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's great that it's unlocked but if you won't get lte there's no point in having it unless you were on Verizon, suddenly switched to attend or tmobile, and can't afford another phone for a while.
  • You do get LTE, just not all the bands, so it may not be 100% coverage. Also, what if I have verizon, but go to Japan for 2 months, having an unlocked phone can be extremely useful, since I wouldn't want to buy a new phone for 2 months, and renting for 2 months would be expensive. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does the "author" -- and I use that term loosely -- not remember that the FTC mandated that all cell phones in the US have to be unlocked, he writes this article like it's a shock to him! I am waiting for the CRTC here in Canada to put through the same mandate!
  • Unlocked after your agreement or contract with the carrier is fulfilled. Trying taking a Sprint phone under contract to T-Mobile and tell me how that works out. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • I have an LG G4 that I got from Verizon in October while working in SC at the state fair, and I use it fine on Telus here in Canada...actually, the 3 major carriers in Canada support it, a few of their child companies do not, even though they are the same network as the parent companies.
  • VZW was doing sneaky stuff and making certain phones not work although they were "unlocked"
  • The SIM may not be locked but the bootloader sure as hell is.
  • SIM unlocked is one thing. Getting updates in a timely manner is another. As it's a Verizon variant, all updates have to go through them in addition to Samsung.
  • That is how it is will all Android smartphone, well, except the Nexus phones as they get Android directly from Google.
  • As far as I can remember, Verizon phones have been SIM unlocked for several years now. Posted via my Nokia 8210 from the inside of a Kitten.
  • "T-Mobile and AT&T use Bands 2, 4, 12 and 17 for LTE" . You are missing several lte bands for att. See my sticky thread for details. http://forums.androidcentral.com/showthread.php?p=4982370 Posted via the Android Central App
  • your sticky says 2,4,5,12, 29(DL only), and 30
    why no 17 in yours?
  • The only good argument to buy this from Verizon is they have a BOGO sale right now on them. That being said does anyone know if you purchase them like that thru Big Red are you required to keep them on contract with Verizon for so long or not? Posted via the Android Central App
  • 6 months
  • If you do the BOGO, they both have to be on a contract when you leave the store. Posted via the Android Central App
  • BTW... The Verizon Note 5 also appears to work just fine (for calling) with an AT&T SIM.
  • Way always in the States all the phones are lock, can't they sell international unlock version too? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Played with the S7 Edge yesterday for a little bit. Really liked it. Posted via the I don't care what kind of phone you have.
  • Btw they'll lie with you at best buy even after you show them this article lol. Sales people after the incentive. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've never seen T-Mobile use band 17, pretty sure it's just 2, 4, and 12.
  • Title should just add "like all other Verizon LTE phones" and half these comments can be deleted. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't get a Verizon phone if you want it to work correctly on ATT. Oh sure, it will work but good luck getting LTE.
  • But then you would have a band crippled tramp stamp version of the phone with crap loads of bloat. No thanks.
  • does it support LTE bands of ATT? i am using Cricket Wireless aka Official ATT Prepaid aka AIO Wireless....
  • So, what about vise versa?
    I have a T-Mobile S7 and want to activate it on Verizon's network. How can you do this?
  • I'm moving to China in the fall, but I JUST got the Verizon S7 Edge. Obviously the move was not planned. Will I be able to use a China Unicom SIM card in this phone? Will it have limited functionality because it's a Verizon phone?
  • Sorry I'm a noob..so if I go to Mexico for a few days and put in a cheap pre paid sim card, it will work fine? Once I get back into the U.S will the phone be back to normal after I put my Verizon sim back in? Any feedback would be great!
  • I just checked with Samsung and they say it will work Reference
    ************
    Praveen K: The frequency bands mentioned for the particular carrier of the phone is the bands that are supported by the Verizon carrier in general.
    Praveen K: IN general, every phone is designed to be receptacle for a wide range of GSM and CDMA bands which can be used with the new carrier.
    Visitor: T-mobile Bands 2, 4, 12 uses these bands
    Visitor: will it support 12
    Praveen K: Yes, it will work with the B 12 band as well.
    Praveen K: I would like to inform you that the main thing to notice about the phone frequency bands is the numbers such as 800, 900 850 in the brackets beside the B1, B2, B3 bands.
    Praveen K: The phone supports the frequencies 800, 850, 900 and etc with every phone.
    Praveen K: The Bands B1, B2, B3 are selective from the carrier.
    Praveen K: Please notice that the B18 and the B19 band of T-Mobile both use the 800 MHz frequency band.
    Visitor: Frequencies: Band 2 (1900 MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz), Band 12 (700 MHz)
    Visitor: https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-4988
    Praveen K: Yes, you are correct.
    Praveen K: Thank you for the web link.
    Visitor: So phone supports all the above including 700 MHz
    Praveen K: Yes, you are correct.
  • I have a Tmobile Sim in my Verizon so edge but now I can't send or receive MMS since tthe the switch. Is anyone else having the same problem?