Why an armored-up Samsung Galaxy S8 Active may be a phone everyone can buy

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is on sale today exclusively through US carrier AT&T, but you may be able to get it on other carriers for the first time in the Active’s history – and you may even be able to get it if you’re outside the US.

Almost hidden in the official announcement are the two important words: “limited time,” as in “for a limited time, the latest Galaxy S8 Active device will be exclusively available from AT&T.”

We’ve never seen this wording before, and it suggests the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active may actually come to more US carriers like Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

In fact, this could be the first Samsung Galaxy Active phone to launch worldwide; for some reason, Samsung has never launched an Active outside of the US.

Galaxy S8 Active will be a fun one to test

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is going to be one of our favorite phones to review in 2017, due to all of the extreme testing we’ll be putting it under.

It’s a water-, shock- and dust-resistant, and the screen is shatter-resistant. Yet it has all of the same high-end guts as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which are only water- and dust-resistant.

We’ve positively reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active and Galaxy S6 Active, but did rightfully complain that it’s only available on AT&T, depriving so many people of one of the best armored-up Android phones.

The words “limited time” could change everything though, and hopefully that’s good news for those on Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile as well as UK and Australian carriers.

Where to buy Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

For now, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is available through AT&T, with no time frame on wider availability.

It costs as much as the Galaxy S8 Plus, even with its 5.8-inch display that mirrors the standard Galaxy S8 size. The armored-up specs add to the price.

However, the S8 Active price is $699 through Samsung right now, instead of the $849 price AT&T is charging.

And don’t be fooled. While AT&T sells it for $28.34 a month, that’s over 30 months. Samsung is selling for for $29.17 a month for just 24 months, a saving of $145.86.

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