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Samsung Launches $1 Trial Program for iPhone Users

Samsung today launched a new promotion called Ultimate Test Drive, a program designed to get iPhone users to switch away from their Apple devices to Samsung ones (via Engadget). The Test Drive coincides with the launch of Samsung's newest devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

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For just one dollar, you can try one of our latest Samsung phones for 30 days with no obligation. Your test drive kit will come with the phone of your choice, an activated sim card, and a step-by-step guide to help you start your test drive.
To sign up for the promotion, iPhone users have to visit SamsungPromotions.com on their device and select their phone. Samsung tells Engadget that the promotion is compatible with any U.S. carrier. It's unclear whether Samsung will put a hold on trial-goers credit cards and, if so, how much that hold could be.

Last year, T-Mobile launched a trial program for users to test out its network with an iPhone 5s for a week. T-Mobile placed a $699.99 hold on a user's credit or debit card, charging it if the phone wasn't returned at the end of the trial.

Following the launch of both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung has seen a significant profit drop in its mobile division as some of its customers opted to switch from Samsung devices to the larger-screened Apple devices. Before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, screen size was one of the major differentiators between Samsung and Apple's smartphones, but now Samsung must find other ways to differentiate from Apple. Thus far, the Korean company has focused on faster charging and the S6 Edge's curved display screen. The Ultimate Test Drive is Samsung's latest attempt to win back some customers.

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15 months ago
Iphone 4S and iPad 2 will receive iOS 9 with no delays, no bloatware. Wake me up when Android keeps 5 year old devices secure and up to date.
Rating: 98 Votes
15 months ago
But if it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone...
Rating: 87 Votes
15 months ago
They should just permanently price it at 1 dollar, maybe then they'll be more successful :)
Rating: 68 Votes
15 months ago
I'm confused...

These are the same phones that people are saying Samsung failed with.

No removable batteries, no SD cards, poor battery life, etc. Samsung lost a lot of fans with those poor decisions.

So what is Samsung suggesting... that the only people left who would be remotely interested in these phones are iPhone owners?

And after they try it for 30 days they'll get hooked?
Rating: 18 Votes
15 months ago
Everyone I know who switched from an iPhone to an Android has regretted it. One did it deliberately for 2 years so he could push back on Fandroids from a position of strength and came away saying it was even more painful than he expected.
Given the high satisfaction rates among iPhone owners (something like 98%), and the lack of any motivation whatsoever for a regular user to take it up - beyond the techno-masochists wanting to make a point - I don't see this being a very successful promotion.
More evidence Samsung just "don't get it."
Rating: 14 Votes
15 months ago
i'm in but only if the throw in a free refridgeroaster.
Rating: 13 Votes
15 months ago
2 minutes playing playing with it at Best Buy was long enough for me...
Rating: 12 Votes
15 months ago
Click their terms and conditions and it asks for a username and password... Seems odd.
Terms & Conditions ('https://samsungfreetrial.trymarkapps.com/show-terms')
Rating: 11 Votes
15 months ago

Hey Samsung, are you reading this?

If you want me to try out your phone, guarantee me three years of stock vanilla android updates, available day 1 when released by Google, just like Apple does.

I've been burned by lack of Android updates and abandoned phones full of never fixed bugs, including Samsung phones, too many times.

Android is dead to me because of this and I will never look back

UNLESS

You, or Google, or SOMEONE fixes the broken update model.


Well... that's what happens when you've got 3 separate entities involved with the phone.

Samsung makes the hardware... and they get their operating system from Google while also putting their own stank on it... then the carriers get involved too by controlling the update process and adding their own software and whatnot.

I really don't see that process changing anytime soon.


And then there's Apple's approach:

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"The iPhone’s hardware and software are designed together. Because when we design the whole phone, the whole experience is better."

Apple also put their foot down long ago and told the carriers to keep their grubby hands off the iPhone.

The result? Every compatible iPhone on Earth can download an update just moments after it launches.
Rating: 11 Votes
15 months ago
Can we stop this whole "Well since I like Apple Samsung must die!" crap? Come on... we're tech people, we can like / try both.
Rating: 8 Votes

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