Samsung runs out of free Galaxy Buds to give with the Galaxy S10, compensates with $130 reward certificate

Samsung runs out of free Galaxy Buds to give with the Galaxy S10, compensates with $130 reward certificate
Almost a week ago, Samsung opened pre-orders for its new Galaxy S10 smartphone series and announced that US buyers of select models would receive Galaxy Buds wireless earphones for free. Now, the company has run out of free Galaxy Buds (normally priced at $129.99), but it's still offering a pre-order gift - a $130 Reward eCertificate.

As it was the case with the free Galaxy Buds, the $130 eCertificate is offered only to customers who pre-order a Galaxy S10 (starting at $899) or Galaxy S10+ (starting at $999), regardless of storage configuration or method of pay, by March 7 the latest. The more affordable Galaxy S10e (starting at $749) is excluded from this offer and doesn't come with any pre-order gifts. 

You'll be able to use the $130 eCertificate until September 1, 2019, to purchase "select products" on Samsung.com or the official Shop Samsung app. At the moment, it's unclear what these select products are, but customers should find out once they receive the eCertificate (probably when they get the S10).  


Samsung seems to be making a tradition out of offering pre-order gifts with its most expensive flagship smartphones. Last year, the Galaxy Note 9 came with free AKG noise-canceling headphones, while the Galaxy Note 8 of 2017 came with a free Gear 360 camera. In case you're wondering, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, both released in early 2018, did not come with pre-order gifts - but that's likely because their prices weren't that high (starting at $729 and $829, respectively). We're obviously glad to see that the priciest Galaxy S10 variants are bundled with gifts, even after Samsung has run out of its original freebies.

The official release date of the Samsung Galaxy S10 series is March 8. However, some S10 and S10+ models will ship at later dates (unless you've managed to place a pre-order on day one, or immediately after). 

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Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh

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33 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow! Not bad Samsung...

30. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

Damn i was looking forward to getting two of these. Oh well. I wonder how people claimed them without their devices

2. blingblingthing

Posts: 919; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Meanwhile, there is another manufacturer asking for 100$ more for their phone ($999) with less of damn near everything and no free gift. It's amazing to see how little some customers demand before handing over their money.

4. mrochester

Posts: 953; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Where else do those customers get an iOS device?

16. Foxgabanna

Posts: 582; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Apple is providing you with something works well and great aftercare we also call customer service. You are now amongst the elite of other individuals who think iPhones represent a social status we all want to be known to be in and can afford. Apple is offering a lifestyle.

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 952; Member since: May 17, 2017

A “lifestyle”? If you’re depending on a tech company to provide your lifestyle...geez, that is just sad.

27. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Apple is providing you with something works well and great aftercare we also call customer service" You obviously have not been paying attention lately.

5. midan

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"It's amazing to see how little some customers demand before handing over their money." We Apple users are actually very demanding people, that's why we can pay those very high prices because we now what we get. Sure i would take some freebies with it, but Apple isn't doing that and i don't see anything wrong with that.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 952; Member since: May 17, 2017

Speak for yourself, midan. I’m an Apple user, and I sure ain’t one of your collective “we”. Also, I thought you didn’t comment on Samsung articles. What gives?

18. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Nice burn

23. Vancetastic

Posts: 952; Member since: May 17, 2017

Thanks, but I’m just speaking truth!

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same here bro.

33. shm224

Posts: 276; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

"demanding people?" You folks just take whatever Apple feeds you. There is a good reason why we call you "sheeples."

3. apple-rulz

Posts: 1940; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Good job Samsung you gave away all ten pairs!

6. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

10 pair or 10,000 pair, at least they give you something instead of taking it out of the box and charging you extra if you want it.

7. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 527; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Agreed and the general consensus is that they are cheaper than airpods, don't fall out your ears as easily as airpods, battery lasts 1 hour longer even though the battery is smaller than airpods, can be wirelessly charged via the S10 series and to top it all off it can be joined to other samsung devices such as fridges, tvs etc not just the phones.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Also one of the best reviews out said they also sound a lot better then the airpods.

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 1940; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So you’re saying the only way Samsung can move the merchandise is to bribe people?

14. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Nope, i am saying Samsung is not as greedy as Apple and gives their fans more for their buck.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hope they give them as a gift with the Note 10 sis. I like what Samsung did with em, and I wanna try em out.

28. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I do too Flossy Carter really liked them. Still didn't make his top 5 buthe talked highly of them.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If Floss likes em, then they're a major major go lol.

32. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yep, best truthful reviewer there is.

19. jyu2848

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Bribery is better than Robbery..lol

11. Vancetastic

Posts: 952; Member since: May 17, 2017

Ouch! How’s that backside pain, little one?

9. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

They charge full price with no freebies in India.

12. Vogue1985

Posts: 416; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Looks like they underestimated the response.

13. alligator

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

This means, the preorders are more than expected. In my country only the first 1000 will get Earbuds. I guess for US are planned more than 100k Earbuds.

17. apple-rulz

Posts: 1940; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Sad though that Samsung has to resort to freebies, it cheapens the brand.

20. jyu2848

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

keep up the royalty. maybe one day you will get a freebie..wait.. oh..maybe a dollar discount...lol

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