Samsung Galaxy S7 could be released alongside a phone upgrade program (similar to Apple's iPhone upgrade plan)


Korean website ET News reports that Samsung intends to introduce a phone upgrade program in March. That's also when the company is expected to start selling its new Galaxy S7 family of smartphones (which should be announced at MWC 2016 in February), so S7 series buyers will likely be the first to benefit from the program.

It seems that, for the beginning, the phone upgrade program will be available only in South Korea, Samsung's home country. But we're guessing that, eventually, this is also going to be rolled out in the US and other important markets.

Last year, Apple introduced its own handset upgrade program, allowing customers to get an iPhone 6s starting at $32.41 per month, and trade it in for a new iPhone each year, once new models are launched. Most probably, Samsung's upgrade program will be similar, asking users to pay a monthly fee for their Galaxy smartphone, while being able to get a new model year after year.

Samsung is seemingly planning to release at least three Galaxy S7 smartphones, including a regular S7, an S7 edge, and an S7 edge+. According to rumors, all Galaxy S7 models should be water-resistant, coming with 4 GB of RAM, microSD card support, and larger batteries (compared to the S6 family). At least one of Samsung's Galaxy S7 handsets could be launched on March 11 in the US. Well, we're waiting!

source: ET News (translated) via Reuters, Android Central

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28 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

No matter who did it first, it's a decent option for those who would like a new phone every year...especially with none of the bloatware that comes with carrier phones.

2. Rafishant

Posts: 400; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Apple: Jump Samsung: How high?

8. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol Samsung: 2012 big Apple: 2014 ok will do Plus size now Samsung: 2015 curve Apple: will do in 2018

9. Rafishant

Posts: 400; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Well, Big screen is not a Samsung own feature, so your point is not valid. Apple 2018 curve ? LOL how do you know? But let's see this:- 1- Apple Pay ------ Samsung Pay 2- iPhone FingerPrint scanner ----- Next year Galaxy S5 with its crappy Fingerprint scanner. 3- Apple Siri ---- the epic fail S-voice. 4- 3D touch --- This year S7 3D touch. 5- iPhone 6 new metal frame design ----- Galaxy S6 copied the metal frame exactly the same. 6- iPhone 6 (ugly camera hump) --- Galaxy S6 copy that s**tty feature. 7- iPhone upgrade plan --- Samsung copy and follow Apple in everything. Samsung actually don't care about you like they care about Apple fans. Just look at their promotions page, it is totally directed toward Apple fanboys. They even ditched the removable battery and Micro SD just to be "like Apple".

10. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lots of items you list are first done by other manufacturers too. There are lot of cross shopping of features, but Apple gets credit due to the sales. You can find inspirations in one form or other between different manufacturers. You can claim Apple products sell better than any single product version of all manufacturers. Samsung pioneered the two size flagship: S2 & Note, they used Plus name before, Rose Gold color before. Lol Apple Pencil came from heaven..haha Samsung Note pro - 12 inch tablet with Pen first came then ipad Pro Smartwatch - Gear came first from Samsung Even 3D touch concept, 1024 pressure points for SPen was introduced in Note. Who followed whom for 4K camera? For QHD displays? For VR support? For mobile Maps? For Fingerprint sensors? For unibody metal builds (sorry htc one m7)? for waterproof phones? Who brought digital wallet before apple pay? Lol want to claim wireless charging in 2018? Want to claim payment with old MST terminals? Who did Shealth app in 2013 and who followed later their own app? In 2016 Q1 duo pixel smartphone sensors will be launched in a flagship, be ready for innovative claims for bi cornea super display in other flagships to follow soon.

11. TyrionLannister unregistered

1. Apple pay and Samsung pay work completely differently. Besides, Samsung phones support google wallet for a while before Apple pay. 2. Apple didn't invent fingerprint scanners. There were phones with it years before. It was just that good fingerprint scanners started getting manufactured in 2013. 3. Both suck. What's the point. Google now FTW. 4. Read point 2. 5. S6 doesn't look like iPhone 6. Heck, it doesn't even use the same materials. If you say bottom of phones look similar, than iPhone 6 copied LG G2. 6. Galaxy S3, S4 already had camera humps. Get your facts straight. And camera hump is not a good thing, it's a necessity for good optics. 7. Samsung already has upgrade plan for years in my country. Also it's a sales model, nowhere related to phones. Samsung didn't ditch the microSD. It's the memory controller of Exynos 7420. All Samsung 2015 devices except S6 series had microSD, and all 2016 phones will have it. Now, I can make more points the other way around. 1. Galaxy note -> iPhone 6+ 2. S-pen -> apple pencil. 3. Multi-window, PiP -> split screen, PiP 4. 14 nm processor -> 14 nm processor 5. DDR4 RAM -> DDR4 RAM 6. 1080p screen in S4 -> 1080p screen in 6+ 7. 12 MP camera in galaxy alpha -> 12 MP camera in 6s I can make 10 more like that. But it's pointless. There are just so many ways to make a phone. Some things will be similar. and if a company copies a good feature from another, it's a good thing.

12. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Weak claims. You didn't refute any of his points. Why should we deny it? I don't like Apple, nor hate on Samsung. But, it is true, Samsung follow Apple's steps every year. Apple didn't start most of these technologies, but it created a trend made Samsung to follow.

20. hoggleboggle

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

actually he refuted every point rather well. As for this upgrade program, do a quick google search and you will find that Samsung have been offering upgrade and trade-in programs since at least 2012, if not earlier, so once again it is Apple doing the copying.

26. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I got 1 more and it's a big copy , Samsung drops Emmc and then Apple does the same

14. sevenben

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 26, 2016

Lmfao... hey ( Rafishant )

17. hakn5897

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 19, 2015

samsung : amoled? apple : 2018!

18. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Apple is also pretty consistent with their features and don't remove them from phone to phone

22. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

They just offer the least amount to start. Then when they do offer something new . It's innovative! Duh!

25. ph00ny

Posts: 2057; Member since: May 26, 2011

They also have you beta test the feature for a year or two (sometimes longer)

24. ph00ny

Posts: 2057; Member since: May 26, 2011

1. Google Wallet much? 2. Motorola Atrix 3. S Voice was in S2 which was released before siri in a form of repackaged Vlingo 4. Pressure sensitive touch screen existed before Apple released them just as resistive screens existed before Apple used them 5. Metal frame didn't exist before Apple? Also there is only so many locations where you can put a headphone jack, charging port, and a speaker grill 6. How many phones have camera hump due to thinner packaging? 7. What's wrong with upgrade plans that the carriers already started with? Now list all the features your beloved Apple has stole from everyone else. List is quite big

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31366; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

His was way funnier than yours.

3. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

This is where R&D money goes LOL.

4. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I'm hoping that means they'll start selling their phones unlocked and online...and hopefully it's the international Exynos versions too

5. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Samsung needs to make one phone that works on all carriers like the Nexus program. That would eliminate so much hassle and people could buy the phones directly from Samsung.

6. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I'd rather have Uh Oh protection with HTC for free then just take $100. off the next device after 1 year.

7. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Given the way HTC is doing these days, you may get even the HTC flagship handsets for free very soon. The company is heading towards a point of no return.

13. sevenben

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 26, 2016

Lmfao... hey ( Rafishant )

15. sevenben

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 26, 2016

Shame on you man.... All Apple iphone 3G to 6S LCD/LED retina screen are from Samsung . Samsung manufactures several key components found in the iPhone. Apple neither makes nor assembles the iPhone you use for your daily needs. An iPhone has parts that come from several manufacturers, one of which is Samsung, a maker of integrated circuits as well as Iphone Display From Samsung Iphone Ram From Samsung Iphone Flash memo From Samsung Iphone A4 chip From Samsung's A4 (sam designed) Iphone Camera From SONY DO NOT SHOUT AND BIG MOUTH EVEN U DIDNT KNOW THATS FACTS DUDE

16. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

As a Samsung Fan I hate this. Come on, this is straight up copying. Why does Samsung try to do everything Apple does? They could do something different. I know someone would say that everyone copies, thats true but Apple announced Apple Pay and at the next Samsung Keynote they announced Samsung Pay. Now comes 3D touch, Live images and finally Upgrade program. I know that Samsung did live photos before but why highlight it as a feature again after Apple highlighted the same thing before. They don't highlight multi-window as a feature at every keynote, thats because everyone knows that Sammy did it before. Now Samsung has to abandon this copying Apple path and Think different.

21. hoggleboggle

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no it isn't as they have been offering upgrade programs since 2012 at least do a quick google search to find out.

23. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

"As a Samsung Fan..." lol yeah sure.

19. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... I think people world over are now growing ever so emotional and sentimental about Samsung and Apple. There are so many things Samsung did first but people will not give then recognition for it. There are so many that Apple did first too. But when Apple follows the trend of Samsung, people call it innovation. Am not taking sides here, but we have to be truthful and sagacious while taking sides especially when it comes to stating our stand for manufacturers especially when it has to do with Samsung and Apple...

27. Geezy0315

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

Samsung has stronger screens also and samsung pay was rolled out later than apple pay and still accepted in more places

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