Samsung really, really, really wants you to have a Gear VR, as free giveaway returns (and for more phones)


Samsung knows well and good just how important market share is when you're in the business of mobile technology, and it's not about to let the VR revolution arrive without making sure that it's got a seat at the head of the table. That's led to some serious efforts to promote its Gear VR hardware, either by slashing prices on the headset or simply giving it away for free with new phone purchases. First we saw one of those freebie offers land with the launch of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7, and now Samsung's latest is sharing the love with a bunch of other Galaxy flagships, expanding its Gear VR giveaway to include some of last year's heavyweights.

Beginning today and running through June 19, shoppers who pick up a new Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, and yes – even this year's Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge – will score themselves a free Gear VR viewer.

This particular deal is only available to smartphone users in the US (sorry, international crowd), and new owners only have until the end of the month (or when supplies run out) to visit Samsung's registration site and claim their Gear VR.

At this point, should Samsung just forget about pretending it's interested in selling the Gear VR at all, and give the headset away for free to anyone who's interested? Sometimes it feels like we're not too far off already.

With rumors of new Gear VR hardware coming soon to support future USB Type-C Samsung Galaxy phones, to say nothing of this fall's arrival of Daydream with Android N, it might make sense for Samsung to offload as much of this existing Gear VR stock while it can.


source: Samsung via Engadget

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27 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I like how PA separates USA from "international", despite Samsung being a South Korean company.

14. TerryTerius unregistered

Probably because Stephen lives here in the US. I doubt that he was trying to be intentionally disrespectful or anything. Dude is awesome. Probably didn't even pop in his mind.

17. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Yes he's awesome

30. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

USA is USA, international means other than USA or outside of USA. anything wrong with that?

2. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

So people who bought the GS6 last year get left out in the cold. Thats nice.

10. MEeee

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The promotion is for this year. Do you expect Samsung to give everyone that bought an S6 last year to get a free Gear VR too?

3. Myndmayze

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 01, 2016

You forget to mention the Samsung promotion debacle. Many who were approved for their promotion didn't get their GearVR or GearS2 that they were promised.

7. MEeee

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Not true. We got all of ours. We even got more than what we expected. You can find them out on Slickdeals.

15. TerryTerius unregistered

Samsung made it pretty clear that the deliveries were going to stretch out into the summer. I just got mine despite the fact that I pre-ordered my GS7. When they sent me the confirmation email, they made it clear that I possibly wouldn't get mine until May or June and possibly as late as July. It's took a while for them to even verify that I qualified for the promotional deal. So they are super late.

4. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Make it rain

5. Kumar123 unregistered

Flop VR is the correct name for Gear VR. It's such a flop product that nobody is buying this crap. Now samsung just wants to free its inventory. #FACT.

9. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

you are hilarious

11. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Unload it's inventory? Sure that is way people are still waiting for the Gear VR shipped to them since march. And people who get one of the new promotion Gear VRs are expected to wait 6-8 weeks.

16. TerryTerius unregistered

VR sales across the board haven't exactly been high, and that is largely because people don't even understand what it is or what or use it has. The whole point in them using this promotional deal is to overcome that reluctance that people have to buy into something new. Introduce them to VR, and they will be more likely to spend their money on new hardware in the future or paid content. Not to mention people that receive these VR headsets are likely to tell their friends and family about their impressions of it, or let them use it. So really, it's not only good for Samsung; it's also good for virtual reality in general.

19. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Sorry. Why I have impressions you are actually a Samsung employer

22. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Fact? do you even know what fact means? Blind haters are getting more stupid by the day.

24. ikenvape

Posts: 308; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol beautiful to stand on the side line and spout crappie. I actually work for a retail carrier and they sell like hotcakes.

6. MEeee

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Me like Samsung and me love free stuff. Me love Gear VR. iDiots love nagging too.

21. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Lol, I've tried using that gear VR. And the display in it isn't clear enough! I would rather wait for a phone with 2k to 4K resolution with a PPI of 1080 and above.

27. kenaldinho4444

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Dwl.........!!!!!!!

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Getting rid of sitting stock, or the note6/7 uses usb type c so it won't work with the current vr...New VR on the way!!!! (Maybe)

12. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The Gear VR is the best mobile VR headset any S6, S6edge, S6edge+, Note 5, S7, S7edge user can buy and that remains for the future aswell, as no Daydream device works with these phones. Even when there comes a new Gear VR headset at the end of the year, which is compatible with USB type C, no existing phone user could use it. Also Daydream doesnt work with any existing phone, so every new user who wants to use Daydream has to buy new phone, so no need for Samsung to unload Gear VRs as fast as they can.

13. AnonymousUser

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 01, 2016

It suck that the promotion is only for today thru the 19th. I bought mine glaxay s7 edge last than a week ago. So I not eligible for this promotion.

25. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Take it back and then re-buy it lol

18. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

NO samsung really really really really want to control this new market

28. rkoforever90

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

I do understand why all offers and promos are always only for u.s even on smartphone they pay like half of what rest of the world pays

29. TerryTerius unregistered

This sheer size of the market probably has a lot to do with it. And the fact that median household income in the US is relatively high. There are countries that have higher median incomes, but they are in markets that aren't anywhere near as large as the US. The size of the market, taxes (the biggest reason), import fees/costs, and ease of distribution all contribute to products often being much cheaper in the US than most of the rest of the world. Granted, the main reason for taxes being lower are that Americans don't pay into social programs to the same extent that many other countries around the world do.

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