Samsung dares iPhone users to test the Note 8 via new Galaxy Experience Program


Samsung has just announced it will debut a new project that will allow customers to test its Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 smartphones for a month. Dubbed Samsung Galaxy Experience Program, the trial will kick off in South Korea on November 21 and it will end on November 27.

During the one-week period, a number of 10,000 people will be selected from those who apply for the program. They will be informed they've been picked for the trial on November 30. Between December 1-11, they'll be handed a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 when they visit Samsung Digital Plaza.

Samsung officials stated that the program is meant to give iPhone users the opportunity to experience “the differentiated value of Galaxy devices.” Customers who get selected for the trial will have to pay a $45 participation fee, which will be returned if they decide to keep the smartphone.

On top of that, everyone who switches to a Galaxy smartphone after the one-month trial will receive the JBL Go Bluetooth speakers for free. However, those who don't want to keep the Galaxy Note 8 or Galaxy S8 after the trial will lose the participation fee.

source: Samsung via SamMobile

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31 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Rent a phone?

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Sounds good in theory but paying just to use a phone for a while is stupid, now paying a deposit that Samsung would keep if you sent the phone back in bad shape is understandable but paying a participation few that gets kept even when the phone is sent back in good shape is a rip off.

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I woul not be surprised if Samsung does not really care about if the program made the money or not. The publicity of this will be more effective then the program.

2. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Interesting idea...

12. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

This nothing but fighting, for the sheep part of the ppl. They move from brand to brand, and lately Apple own them. As long as they stay with Apple , Apple is fine, no matter what. Apple are nothing without the sheep. No matter how good Samsung are, or how high tech innovate, or how good advertize, or how many smartphones sell,- without those sheep Samsung will not take the Profit Crown.

4. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Samsung sounds desperate. If they are confident about their device and sales, they wouldn’t use this marketing tactic.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

If they aren't confident, they won't bother doing something like this

10. treypoundz

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Ur broke. Reason ur complaining. Hush

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

They aren't confident about sales of their phones, that's why they are desperately pushing their devices via hilarious marketing programs like this. They can be confident about their phones all they want but consumers are the people who decide if they are good or bad in the end. At this moment smartphone business doesn't look good for Samsung.

29. iushnt

Posts: 3157; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

But they are confident about their devices, case closed.

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

They are making record profits. I read that somewhere that they are making billions profit but most is on other things like memory. I don’t think they’re desperate I think they are taking the next step in their plan to become the best smart phone manufacturing company I mean this for me is less about the program and more about the publicity

16. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Those profits come from component supplying, not smartphone business. And the reason why they made huge gains this year because Apple ordered 90 million AMOLED display units from them for the iPhone X until end of 2018. And Apple buys NAND flash and RAM from them too. They sell RAM and Flash storage for almost every phone manufacturer in the world. They are the world's largest CPU maker for smartphones around the world for many many phone brands. They manufacture component parts, that's what they do.

11. treypoundz

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Desperate has nothing to do with it. Call confident that if u tried it. U would leave apple. U ppl are so dumb and scared to leave apples grip around ur dicks.

20. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'Samsung sounds desperate. If they are confident about their device and sales, they wouldn’t use this ...' LOL. Not at all. This is not the case here. Se #12

7. quintessential

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Silly marketing idea from Samsung. They wanna entice Apple users into the trying the phone, but yet they wanna levy a $45 charge to try their Note 8? And to even forfeit the $45 should they decide to return the phone after trying? That's like treating potential customers as cheapskates, and also your brand as a cheapskate. I don't suppose any customer would like to keep the Note 8 just so they can get back their $45? *rolls eyes* And I can bet the program will turn out to attract the 'fake iphone users', who are actually Android / Samsung fans, who will register to try out the phone. So in the end, it still doesn't claw away users who are already loyal fans of Apple.

13. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Too many samsung note 8 on the drawers ready as a sample to entice apple users and bogo deals. Anyway, the most sold samsung is J5, cheap phones. Why not just give it away for free, anyways they’re just useful in several months.

17. whatev

Posts: 2419; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Lmao, the shade

14. whatev

Posts: 2419; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

No thanks, keep it

18. BigBoat

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 28, 2017

I wish these fools would realize that everyone knows about the Note. If they wanted it, they would buy it! This is just proving that the Note sales are average at best! They might want to consider changing their release cycle if they want someone to buy a phone 2-3 months after release. After that, you might as well wait on the next phone.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just drop the price for one. Coming off the note 7 fiasco, Samsung should’ve made the note 8 more affordable. It seems like they’re desperate for sales/customers. Apples customers aren’t leaving. I’ll use both, but I’m not leaving as an Apple customer

22. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

What some people don't understand is that most users of Android are matured folks and a survey recently confirmed that. It's being proven times without number that people usually stick to their current OEM and most kids use iPhones. It's a brilliant move from Samsung to sway some of those kids to their Galaxy phones as they are the future. Most of the kids are dumb and usually make decisions based on peer groups, parents, media and carrier.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What an intelligent way to camouflage your dis to Apple. Good one...not.

23. itsjustaphone75 unregistered

Man, android users are the angriest people on earth! People get a grip,nobody cares that you believe you use the best phone in the world. This sight is a place to share not bash people for products they like. Humanity is lost.

26. whatev

Posts: 2419; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Exactly, I have always thought that, their minds are not right, they are not healthy mentally wise

24. drained

Posts: 25; Member since: May 01, 2017

Program is designed for iPhone users only.

27. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I am sure I would return it back. A Samsung phone is good but it lacks the iPhone experience.

28. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

It's a good idea. A lot of people just use iPhones blindly without giving Android a chance. But then again those people are unlikely to participate so.....

31. hpspectrex360

Posts: 59; Member since: May 10, 2017

I think Samsung is way too focused on Apple. They should try to establish a cohesive ecosystem first, which is the main reason Apple users don't budge. Yes, Apple's products may be lacking in features, but they work together in a way that nothing else does. Personally, I'm switching from a Galaxy S6 to iPhone next year (iPhone X seems like an early adopters phone to me, but next year's phone should be more polished).

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