Samsung donates 3,000 Galaxy smartphones (worth $1 million) to help the fight against Ebola

Samsung today announced that it’s helping the United Nations to fight against Ebola by donating 3,000 Android smartphones (worth around $1 million). Donated via the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, the handsets will reach 60 medical facilities in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone - three African countries that currently face the worst Ebola epidemic in history.

All smartphones that will be donated are Galaxy S3 Neo models. The S3 Neo (pictured on the left) is a refresh of the Galaxy S3 flagship from 2012, and, although it doesn’t offer the latest and greatest features, it’s still a very capable handset. Medical staff will be able to use the smartphones and UN’s Smart Health Pro mobile app to gather medical data, while patients will have a way to contact their families. All donated devices will be destroyed after the Ebola outbreak ends (hopefully soon).

Samsung further said that it’s providing financial support for the purchase of equipment and distribution of hand sanitizers, while also launching an Ebola SMS service (only in South Africa for now).

source: Samsung Tomorrow

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63 Comments

1. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

happy to hear

20. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Great stuff. Haters gonna hate and Sammy gonna keep rolling. Kudos

2. Busyboy unregistered

I blame the US for Ebola..Politics aside, great job Sammy!

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

lol wtf did i just read

31. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Ikr WTF

33. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

You do realize… Never mind… Speaking of "politics", the only reason there is this Ebola craze is because politics are involved. Elections are coming. Politicians on both sides are using this to their favor. News channels are falsely reporting on the fly, as well as blowing it out of complete proportion.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

When you make a profound statement like that, and provide no insight as to why, you sound like a dumb ass.

3. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

nice samsung.. apple would never ever do similar things!

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Well duh they dont make cheap phones...

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Not true. They do make cheap phones but they decide to sell them at exorbitant prices. You may find it surprising but the phones which Samsung donated is not too different (aside from the processor) then iPhone 6 in terms of specs. So the cost implication will not be considerably higher if Apple decided to donate them too. And who says they have donate 3000 iphones. They can easily donate less if they wanted to.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

I just dont think donating phones helps, at all... Now if certain fraction of income from lets say App Purchases, or Device Purchases, or Ad revenue - that would help a lot, even if it only reaches a quarter of what Samsung is claiming these phones are worth...

19. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Its not always that simple. There many things to be considered here. The problem in regions where there is breakout is not getting the money over there but getting the RESOURCES. Its easy to give them money but being under-developed regions its not easy to procure resources they require with that money. Moreover, Samsung probably had these phone in stock rotting away. So why not give it away to those who are in need. Also, the PR generated by this giveaway earns more money to Samsung then actually earning profit from selling those phones. Lastly, everyone is donating money but the lack of social and bureaucratic structure can't ensure that the money will actually need to person in need. Almost every company I know is donating but none can ensure its reaching to who it should reach.

22. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Also, if you read the whole article it clearly says Samsung is also giving financial support in way of providing hand sanitizers, etc.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah, I wasnt too sure about my point, to be honest... I appreciate your post - deep down I was thinking the same...

36. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I've read somewhere that some scientist are already using cellphones to track and model ebola spread. I didnt read how I just read the title. so no it can direcrtly help! and this: "Samsung further said that it’s providing financial support for the purchase of equipment and distribution of hand sanitizers, while also launching an Ebola SMS service (only in South Africa for now)."

39. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

AlikMalix, surprised by your view here. It seems you're partially trolling or something cos I often give you credit for being objective. Mobile phones have been well documented to help defeat Ebola in countries like Nigeria that is now officially Ebola free. Its on Youtube

41. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

8. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

iPhone 5c, last years iPhones like the 5s, 4s, your argument is invalid. Samsung phones are actually more expensive to make than the iPhone but apple likes to rip off their isheeps.

58. icrappy

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

yes they do! the iphone 6 is a low build quality crap phone ''let's bend it"

59. icrappy

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

plastic china made smartphones are way more durable than your low quality overpriced iphones

21. CellPhonesExpert

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 10, 2014

lol. please tell us more about your insecurity !

27. Naitto

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

I think your right Apple wouldn't. Way to go Samsung.

61. HansGoneInsane unregistered

What about product red?

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

LOL, donate leftover smartphone can cure Ebola 10 times faster than donating the cash. That's Samsung logic

10. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Yeah, because I read the article, too. Especially the part about how this was just a small part of what they donated to the cause. herp-a-derp.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Perfect example of those who rush to the comment section instead of reading the article. Smh.

38. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Oh he's just another Samsung hater ready to bash Samsung in any Samsung related article without reading the article. SMH

32. Fishbowl

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

Hey, it's better than the 300 invites Oneplus is donating :-)

46. android_hitman unregistered

at least they donated something, APLLE NEVER DONATES

51. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Geez just google "apple donates" its not that hard

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