Report: Samsung paid 500 fake fans to attend Chinese press event for the launch of its new flagship phones

Report: Samsung paid 500 fake fans to attend Chinese press event for the launch of its new flagship phones
According to a report out of Shanghai, Samsung paid 500 people to pretend to be Samsung fans at a press conference held Friday in China to show off the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. The 500 fake fans represented half of the 1000 who attended the event. According to someone who recruited "fans" for the manufacturer, Samsung was seeking people under 30 who looked like students. They were each paid the equivalent of $4.80 USD once they stuck it out at the event for at least an hour. The recruiters received the equivalent of $3.20 USD for each person they got to attend.

The phoney fans were told to tell the press that they attended the event because they were Samsung fans or because they were interested in Sammy's new phones. Yet, half of the people at the event were taking pictures of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge with an Apple iPhone. One attendee said that she answered an ad on WeChat, an IM app in China. She earned the equivalent of $8.14 USD for staying more than 15 minutes at the media event. Every hired person had to post their picture, name and phone number on WeChat. They also had to "like" the Samsung Galaxy Baidu page.

Samsung might feel pressured to rebuild its market share in the country. The iPhone earned a market share of 27.6% in China between December and February, according to Kantar Worldpanel. The most popular phones in China during that time period were the Apple iPhone 6 (with a 10.2% market share) followed by the Xiaomi Redmi and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

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source: WantChinaTimes

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1. TyrionLannister unregistered


12. Kumar123 unregistered

This is pathetic. Samsung You ought to be ashamed!. Now that they can't win against Apple they resort to cheap trick like this. Shame on you Samsung.

18. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I'm not sure if this is true? Now a days everyone can just make up story not that I'm defending samsung, still there's a billion of people in China and if it's just a thousand people attend the event most likely they don't need to pay for those, I'm mean come on at least pay 10k people for the event to be notice.

31. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Sammy has a very long history with this alike. Koreans say so beautifully: "Shamelessness and pridelessness are Sammy's greatest strengths"

219. Scorpion67 unregistered

“We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas” "Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal" "When i want to come up with an original idea i get out my tracing paper" ~Steve Jobs

113. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Its may or may not be be true as, any manufacture does that even apple.They pay the reviews guys money and websites for their product and buy fake fans.In the case of China I somewhat believe untrue as China is crazy place and 500 people as fake fan does not seems to be that perfectly synced as if samy want, it can buy 50000 fans and aslo its the game of tarnishing Sammy image.The people eaisly point out that its done against apple but actually samsung main rivals are cheap Chinese Android vendor not apple and the apple fans will buy apple regardless how much good or dumb there phone is. Ferrari does with their cars, Intel does with there processor.

210. muadibe

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Apple doesn't pay fake fans. Stop spouting nonsense to defend a shameless practice.

214. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

aPole is god

23. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

That explains papasmurf is missing recently, wonder how much he's received

27. Kumar123 unregistered

LMAO. +1

29. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Probably watching Samsung hardcore in their Samsung phones with Supercrap(a.k.a. SuperNova)

85. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

And for your nice attempt of trolling Samsung, you win a ban for 1 week. Go out to get some fresh air, sleep well, eat well, and watch some halerm shake videos on youtube to reduce your anger on Samsung. LoL

98. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Maybe you should take that advise for yourself.

58. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Almost forgot papasmurf. He's probably thinking a way to this kind of article.

137. engineer-1701d unregistered

phonearena is not stupid they know articles life this will start wars but since the gs6 can't out nut many people on the site or articles. Plus you got to keep your apple sponsorship and apple fans happy


Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Samdul also admits dirty tricks in Taiwan

48. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Yep! This iphone owners are so cheap that they want to earn around $5 spending one hour watching Sammy presentation. This os the social status of iphone owners? LOL

52. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Now that u mentioned it that seems indeed to me fishy. You own an iPhone yet accept a few dollars just for this gimmick? Haha

61. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015


66. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

This type of article is the best place for the haters to speak up coz I cant see them at articles/reviews praising s6 and s6 edge, new technologies/innovations that their beloved companies will never achieve, camera comparisons, preorders and status of company's stocks haha so Go and Enjoy the article !!! :)

99. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

You mean there aren't at least 500 Samsung fans in a city of 15 million population. I bet they can gather 50 thousand if it's an open invitation.

136. engineer-1701d unregistered

Why didn't they just do what apple does have employees that clap or thay are fired. It's not much money but easier. But this sites sound like a fake story no one under the age 30 will stand around to promote anything for $5. Unless yet really are fans if the and just got $5 for ding what they wanted to anyways

188. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

No worse than the apes they pay to post on this site...

72. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

That is funny lol.. Them Korean love face here in Asia. Do not want to lose face in China to the Chinese or in Asia to the locals. Most Chinese are iPhone fans now.

2. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Wow. 5char.

3. isaias

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Wahahaha! Very funny...

4. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

and they was paid by apple to say they was paid by samsung

9. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013


164. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

See, I always want to correct people like that too, but then I realize there's a good chance they're from a foreign country and don't know perfect english grammar. Then I put myself in their shoes and realize that I wouldn't even know where to begin were I commenting on a Chinese or Indian site. I typically let them slide.

5. GeekMovement unregistered

Well that's embarrassing.

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