Samsung Galaxy S5 users will receive $600 worth of app subscriptions out of the box
0. phoneArena 10 Mar 2014, 11:01 posted on
Samsung revealed that it will offer more than $600 worth of exclusive mobile content and subscriptions to the future users of the Galaxy S5 flagship. The Korean company said that it is currently collaborating with 16 content providers in order to include promotions in the soon-to-be-launched flagship smartphone...
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1. jphillips63 (Posts: 218; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Samsung has realized they're at the end of there rope and now has to lure buyers in with freebies in order to keep sales up. I wouldn't care if you folks have the phone away I'd never own your plastic junk
10. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
You do realize by doing this, Samsung is partner up with other software/site companies to make money together. What if there is a site/service/app that an user never uses before and like the product after months of free trial? Then they are more willing to subscribe to that service after the trial ends. It's a win-win for both Samsung and the companies that partners with them.
This will help Samsung capture a lot of average consumers which that love free stuff and don't really look into what the device is all about.
60. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)
The problem with this is, say someone buys the s5 mainly for the health features that Samsung has shown off, well it is now apparent that all those health features are just apps installed on the phone. After all the subscriptions run out the phone doesn't even boast those features..
13. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Samsung is the largest phone manufacturer in the world with sales approaching 350 million devices sold. This hardly qualifies as being at the "end of its rope."
Judging by your comment, I presume you've never owned a cellphone until metal. This would make you unqualified to judge the fact that phones have been made of plastic for over 28 years without any complaints. In fact, only the rich could afford the the $1500- $2100 plastic cheap crap back then and yet no one complained about it.
18. jphillips63 (Posts: 218; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I've owned one Samsung phone and that went back less than a week of owning it. The radios in the phones suck where I live I'm lucky to get any service where as the HTC and Motorola phones I've owned get 3G and 4G all the time. Continuous dropped calls also on the Samsung I had and that was even in an area with good service and at the time on the phone with tech about the phones issues. So yes they are junk and they sell so well because folks like gimmicks.
42. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)
Your Samsung phone received no service yet your HTC and Motorola did. Seems completely legit.
43. GeekMovement (Posts: 2140; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Can I ask which Samsung phone that was?
44. jphillips63 (Posts: 218; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
If my memory serves me correctly it was the first galaxy I could be wrong on model but I went with the Rezound instead so what ever Samsung had at same time the Rezound was out is what I got.
46. GeekMovement (Posts: 2140; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
ah i see. Well whichever phone it was, I can certainly understand your point of view. I never really had a solid experience with Samsung until the Galaxy S III and forward. The S3 actually froze on me before when I really needed it, so later I tried the HTC One. LOVED everything about it except it kept getting hot quickly so I switched to the Note 2. From my experience Samsung has been solid since the Note 2. I'm still eager to try HTC again; I know all of these top manufacturers are capable of amazing devices so I love them all.
56. christophersalse (Posts: 99; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
If I based my opinions on past phones than I would never had bought another HTC after my awful experience with the Rezound.
52. downbeat4 (Posts: 93; Member since: 03 Dec 2010)
That would be like me saying "Bose headphones are sh:t, like I bought a pair once and like, the right headphone was blown, I brought them back a week later. Bose is total garbage!" Get over yourself dude.
15. maherk (Posts: 3414; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Trust me, even if Samsung didn't add these free gifts, the S5 will still be the best seller, and mark my words, it ll sell more than the S4, don't forget the millions who will be able to upgrade from their S3.
20. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 226; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
Your stupid as hell. Ban me for that. this dude is crazy and someone had to say it.
48. christophersalse (Posts: 99; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
At the end of their rope? You must me joking.
51. downbeat4 (Posts: 93; Member since: 03 Dec 2010)
Weeeeeelllll, ain't you just too cool fo' school.
57. skyline88 (Posts: 448; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
great products like S5 dont need to do that in order to gain sales, its not like some hopeless iFruit or some gimmicky Taiwanese Ultrapixel stuff.
5. limporgyuk (Posts: 273; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)
Or a white stick for their blind following
8. tech2 (Posts: 3349; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Blind following or blind hate ?! Even if this phone is awful (which it isn't) a sensible person would still buy this phone use all the freebies and re-sell it and still earn a healthy profit.
Stop living up your arse ! People like you hate because you wanna hate not because you have a reason.
17. limporgyuk (Posts: 273; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)
In response to your first question; blind following similar to Apple's.
In response to your second statement, no I have a reason to hate, I wanted at least $12 of Cut the Rope in app purchases..... the scoundrels
32. Finalflash (Posts: 2766; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Yea, the only thing on that list I would want is the Paypal credit because it almost equates to cash. Otherwise it is all useless to me mostly.
7. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
Haters gonna hate! If you have nothing constructive to offer, why comment at all?
11. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
A free Note 3 or S4 is more attractive than $600 worth of disposable apps.
12. newbey123 (Posts: 553; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
LOL, still wouldn't waste a dime on this mess!
16. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
No need to worry. Plenty of us will be willing to part with many dimes for this phone.
19. Cicero (Posts: 854; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
At the launch time I did't like the S5. Now, after seeing some insides, I have a question mark. I like the features of camera, the boost download and the direction of health apps and sensors. Perhaps I will see more interesting things. Let's have it in my hand and after that I will "stamp" it!
22. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1371; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
So much free staff is great, I wouldnt get an S5 but whoever gets it, its a nice surprise. Especially free online backup space etc. Good job Sammy! I wish you have spent those extra money and throw it to a design like iphone 5 or HTC ONE..
47. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
If they actually gave away free staff, that'd be great... and probably against human rights.
25. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Joke's on us when it turns out the device costs $1200...
26. milos (Posts: 59; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
How is Galaxy S5 made of plastic just because it has plastic back cover?
It has metal frame/bezel, right? Isn't that what carries the phone? You can always by a metal back cover later if you are so crazy about making your phone heavier :-)
its just a back cover people. How does that make it a plastic piece of c%$@
Maybe Galaxy S3 is all plastic, but Samsung did listen and improve to metal frame since S4.
its a nice phone with metal frame in my opinion.
27. maherk (Posts: 3414; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Actually the trim is also plastic but covered with chrome. It's plastic because it doesn't effect the network signal plus it is lighter.
28. milos (Posts: 59; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Salesman in multiple ATT stores told me S4 has metal bezel. So i guessed that S5 has the same material.I'm not going to scratch it in the store to test :-)
How do YOU guys know actually if it is metal or shiny plastic, made to mimic brushed metal. Its a damn good looking fake metal then.
Does it say anywhere officially?
37. papss (unregistered)
Its just like the note 3 in that regard.. No metal but imitation to look more premium
29. janis (Posts: 271; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
some useless freebies wont make terrible design look better.
i use windows phone, old as fuk, so i was looking to go back to android, i was waiting for samsung with hope that they will improve design, but no luck, i dont need any extra sd cards 3gb ram or unreal cpu, just needed proper design, like iphone or htc one,. maybe there are people who dont have laptop, pc, tablet, so they need some gaming rig with over 16gb storage and so on in 5inch screen. so i will go with new htc one., slick design, pleasure to use.(couple times had chance to play with htc one)
33. maherk (Posts: 3414; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Then go get an htc one, not the actual phone, just the dummy, since all you care about is the design.
62. janis (Posts: 271; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
its everyday device i carry around, i prefer good looking one then, not a plastic sh.
58. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)
"some useless freebies wont make terrible design look better"
So metal back which you will cover anyway is more useful for you than say, free cloud storage and voucher for PayPal?
30. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
The only ones worth mentioning are the 2 years of Dropbox 50gb and the $50 PayPal voucher.
31. johnehms (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
This is android.. Why you need to buy an app anyway? Please explain.. Or let me say why you need 600 dollar bloatware on your phone?
34. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Don't want any of that "free" crap. Rather spend my money on an Oppo Find 7. QHD screen and a potential 50 Megapixel camera would be amazing. Plus Oppo has a track record of actually listening to their customers.
35. datphoneguy (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)
Does anyone remember when freebies like this used to be pre-loaded on computers in the '90s and we used to call it bloatware? Since when did this junk become acceptable on our phones?
36. shanmano (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)
It looks great.But it is costly.
38. papss (unregistered)
I applaud SS for trying to add value even if most of it is not for me.
39. Leonis (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)
600 USD for this crap? Give me 600USD to choose what apps I want to buy instead of this sh*t.
45. spasticpat (Posts: 93; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
Other than PayPal and Dropbox, how many of these require you to sign up with your credit/debit card so you're automatically charged when they expire unless you manually go in and cancel?
49. b0wzer (Posts: 103; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Worth $600 to who? Bunch of junk and trial software? Not impressed.
50. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Best seller doesn't make the phone better, and 600$ worth of apps is useless. I bet 90% of people who own smart phones have more than 10 apps besides the carrier ones. I download mobile banking, and an alarm clock. Let's be honest, they might not be at the end of their rope but they are desperate. No amount of free s**t would make me buy their ugly ass new flagship
54. newbey123 (Posts: 553; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
Yes, most understand that best selling does not equal the better product. Spam outsells steak, doesn't make spam better.
55. christophersalse (Posts: 99; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
Your comparison would make more sense if spam was equal in price to steak.
59. galanoth07 (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
they should just sell the GS5 with lower price instead of giving $600 worth of apps for free
61. bakogeek (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
Freebies? More like bloatware. I wonder if you'll be able to uninstall these apps. While the "freebies" on my S4 can be disabled and removed from the list of apps, they can't be uninstalled. I'd say this is bad direction for Samsung.