iFans can try out a high-end new Galaxy handheld with no obligation and no charges for a period of 30 days as part of a shrewd rival-recruiting program initiated by Samsung.
The Android manufacturer kings have been trying to shame admirers of competing OEMs into boarding the Galaxy for years now. The thing is, it doesn’t always work out for the best when you insult the folks you want to sell phones to.
They may realize their gear isn’t the cream of the crop, or that it’s overpriced, but constantly mocking them could send them looking for a company that makes better products than Apple and can shut up about it once in a while. Cough, LG, cough.
Obviously, Samsung is unlikely to altogether abandon antagonistic advertising anytime soon, but at least they’re mixing it up a little, coming up with a much more tasteful, subtler way to punk Cupertino. They’re calling it the “Samsung Ultimate Test Drive”, and in exchange for $1, the publicity stunt lets you rent a flagship Galaxy for a full month.
What’s the catch, you ask? Well, it’s not exactly a catch, but to qualify for the promotion, you have to access this website from your iPhone. Then, if you don’t return the device handed away for evaluation at the end of the 30 days, you’ll of course be charged for its full retail value.
That’s $720 as far as the Galaxy S6 is concerned, and $820 for the S6 Edge, which isn’t really fair, given the former costs as little as $580 unlocked on Amazon, and the latter starts at $640. Still, if you remember to give it back in good/excellent condition, you’ll have used a $700+ phone for a month completely gratis.
Bizarrely enough, the newly introduced Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ appear in the group photo on the test drive program’s homepage, but there’s no mention of them in the terms and conditions. Surely, that’s a typo. You can’t kick off a promo of this sort and offer free rentals of squarely “old” gadgets.