Samsung runs out of phones for its test drive promotion aimed at iPhone users

Samsung runs out of phones for its test drive promotion aimed at iPhone users
It was just Thursday when we told you about Samsung's attempt to get Apple iPhone users to switch to a Samsung Galaxy Note5, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge or a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. Any U.S. resident 18 or older with an iPhone hooked up to an active wireless account, could go to SamsungPromotions.com and arrange to test drive one of the three aforementioned handsets for just $1. Samsung sends the phone with an activated SIM card, and a guide to help those test driving one of the devices learn how to use it.

Apparently, Samsung's offer must have tempted quite a number of iPhone users, because Sammy says it is temporarily out of test drive phones. If you are an Apple iPhone user intrigued by the possibility that the grass is greener on the other side, Samsung says that you should keep checking in to see if more test drive phones have been made available

You have a five-day grace period after the 30 days expire to return the test-drive device. If the phone comes back to Samsung with some minor scratches, no harm /no foul says the manufacturer. But if there is a major issue like a cracked screen or water damage, or the camera won't open, you will be assessed a $100 penalty. And if the phone doesn't turn on, or is not returned, prepare to have your credit card (which must be presented when signing up for the test drive) rocked to the tune of $700 for the Samsung Galaxy Note5, $775 for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and $825 for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.

Since the launch of the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has won back former iPhone users who had switched to Android because of the larger screens on phones powered by Google's open source OS. Apple raised the screen size on the iPhone 6 to 4.7-inches from the 4-inch display used on the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c. It also added a 5.5-inch phablet sized iPhone 6 Plus. Samsung hopes the test drive will bring some iPhone users back to Android, and Samsung branded models in particular.


source: Samsung via CNET

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65 Comments

2. quintessential

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

I suspect many of these testers are gonna end up deducting at least $100 from their credit card when they return these Samsung phones. - Cos of the shattered glass back caused by one single accidental drop.

11. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Uh no. I have the S6 Edge (no case) and have dropped this more than once. Still in great condition. But hey look, Samsung has one more hater.

15. TerryTerius unregistered

I've always wondered where people got this idea from. You have to nearly actively try to break the glass on the S6 triplets or the note 5. Although they are by no means shatterproof, the glass is quite hard. And if we're being honest about it, it's more random luck than anything else when it comes to how your phone lands. If any phone lands just the right way that's pretty much a wrap. Not just Samsung's current flagship family. I dropped my edge on hard tile and it was fine. As well as in a restaurant where it bounced a few times and slid nearly 10 feet. Absolutely nothing besides a scratch on the frame that is barely noticeable.

42. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Agreed.. I dropped my s6 on concrete a few days ago with no case and it came away with almost nothing. One corner had a super small scuff on the metal but nothing more. I now have the edge plus and hope it's just as strong

29. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

1. Don't drop the phone. 2. $100 is a fair price to pay for damage you caused. What is a fair price when you return a rental car with a dented bumper? I remember back in my day they use to charge you hundreds for rental VHS tapes from video stores.

48. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Samsung actually tests these things before they add them so I think you are good unless you chuck it on the ground purposely.

65. Reshad

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Did you have the same opinion about iPhone 4 and 4s?

3. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

"Apparently, Samsung's offer must have tempted quite a number of iPhone users, because Sammy says it is temporarily out of test drive phones." Or they didn't make a lot available for this promotion. Sort of like when Xiaomi does those flash sales, or OnePlus only having a few phones available when they have like 200+ customers lined up outside waiting for hours.

4. quintessential

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Exactly. Just another Sales marketing gimmick. I doubt the phones available for testing dun even number more than 100,000 units. Samsung is trying to learn like what Apple did for Apple Music.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

The problem is everyone one I know either with LG or Samsung asked me to use my iPhone to order one (since note 5 wasn't available - I didn't care).

52. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't matter, that's one more person that will actually use the new phones. It is a fairly solid idea and can't really hurt seeing as how the market is pretty much locked with no one really willing to jump to the other side.

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

oh come on, like you know how Samsung runs this mobile world compared to those wannabe relevant brands you're comparing it with, they ran out probably because those are different stocks reserved than those they're actually selling worldwide

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

"$700 for the Samsung Galaxy Note5, $775 for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and $825 for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge." Sounds about right.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Ran out? Because my idiot friends who have iPhones from work , but actually have android phones all ordered one using their work iPhones. They didn't have a note 5 or edge+ so didn't care much.

35. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

iBS. LOL you iboys never rest. Right? What is the problem now?? Does the APPL stock goes down, again?(I must check it) Is that what makes you so active and "innovative"?

49. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I don't think my company lets me replace my iPhone for an Android but if your friends are managing it, I'll give it a shot. Lol

59. AlikMalix unregistered

It didn't replace the iPhone.

16. Derekjeter

Posts: 1546; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

They ran out of the test drive phones?? They should borrow from the millions still sitting on carriers shelves. I really thought Samsung would sell more than what they did today. I visited a couple stores looking for the S6 Edge plus in 64 gig and when I would ask how many were left every sales person would answer "All of them" I'm worried for Samsung. Most of the stores around my area still at had almost all of their inventory.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

In defense of Samsung - they have been doing great designs lately and lighten up touch wiz. But there are many that aren't happy with samsungs older models and it's a reputation that requires a little time to build. I think Samsung is going to be just fine if they continue heading in current direction - basically just do what Apple does. There are only a few geeks (not an insult) that are tempted by specs - most people are basing their next buy based on previous experience - that's why Apple retains its customers and adding by millions every year. Hate my comment all you want but that is my unbiased opinion - Samsung is making great phones right now - my only "analysis" why they're not selling like iPhones is because of what I said above...

30. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

It's based on your analysis, i'm using both samsung & apple product, nothing perfect but i prefer samsung smartphone (call me geeks all you want). Samsung offer better product that fit my needs, bigger battery, easy file transfer (without itunes), better camera, cheaper, etc..., etc... Samsung still lead smartphone sales i think, if you count their low-mid end phones. In my case most of my friends buy iPhone because they didn't know much about phone specs so they'll buy what familiar with them & Apple has a good brand positioning.

31. AlikMalix unregistered

I get what you're saying.. But I think you missed my point... If samsung is such a great product why can't it's sales take off? Samsung is a great product, and I can only assume that people aren't buying it because of previous experience. P.S. I do not use iTunes to transfer any files, music included... There are numerous ways to do that, I prefer direct link to my NAS, including transferring files back and forth for storage on my iphone that aren't recongnized by iOS all without iTunes. I do use iTunes specifically to keep my media organized on my PC (even before my first iPhone) so it's a bonus that it works with my phone, but I dont need itunes to transfer any media, music or video.... iTunes is an option - stop lying to people. Just like you iPhone fits my needs, best camera, resells at premium even after 2 years, iMessage, FaceTime, AppStore, sync with other devices, Real face to face assistance, absolute virtually instant support for years. Look at the problem android is facing: Stagefright, if apple had a problem like that - patched in a week or two tops - 95% of androids still open to anyone.... Bottom line, you missed my point, samsung are great phones now, it's past experience that keeps those sales low... I'm glad you're enjoying it... Samsung cannot lead in sales if those "sales" aren't really benefiting samsung in terms of revenue. Samsung has been trying to make their own OS for a long time coming - but even today they rely on Freeware from Google to run their hardware subisized by 3rd party Bloat to compensate the cost of the device which YOU have no control over. Watch how Verizon blocks Samsung features Download Boost, or Samsung Pay. I own my iPhone, Your carrier owns yours (see logo on the back) they own yours because they were first to mess with it before you got it. See? I can do this all day... but if you're enjoying Verizons device, more power to you - I need my device to be mine... Even Nexus isnt built by Google, but instead they rely on others LG or Samsung to design the hardware. That's not "LEADING" that's scrapping for survival... (I guess I can do this all day) Most of my friends buy iPhones SPECIFICALLY because they know much about Android and it's defeciencies, and iPhone strengths... You guys see iPhone sales, and cant explain it - so iPhone users must be blind, right? It's not just BRAND positioning - stop lying to yourself again... hundreds of millions of people prefer iOS experience over Android - it's simple as that. I have not met a person who does not weigh pro's and con's before any purchase and NOT just dive into "because its Apple".... There might be a few, but you talk like it's majority.... Hope I cleared a few things for you... cheers...

37. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

You talk like you are the one who is right, diferent people has diferent needs & problem. Talking about carriers that we who lives in 3rd world countries were not familiar with 'contract' or verizon or whatever... Try to look at diferent perspective, don't need to feel insecure (now you think i'm lying, for what purpose? Can you explain professor...) It's fact there is a lot of people who choose a product that familiar to them. Do you know how blackberry services & products is so popular in my country even if they offer s**tty performance (guess you're not), non gadget enthusiast don't even know what is Android or iOS and their full potential but they do know how popular iPhone, it's sell pretty well and it safe to assume it's the best investment (if you know nothing it's best to follow the crowd isn't it?)

60. AlikMalix unregistered

Actual diezparda, your comment did not call on all the rant that I posted - I was just picking a fight (haven't had one in a whole here). Your post was valid and nothing bad - I was just bored.

67. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

You've got me there, the reason why i'm replying to your comment was because it's you... It is more fun to talk to people like darkkjedi, micket and you of course than wasting time with some blinded fanboy & trolls.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Alik: So you're saying that Samsung selling more than 75 million handsets in a quarter isn't "sales taking off"? Can I have some of that Apple-flavored pot you're smoking? Samsung/Android handsets offer more ways to do more than iOS products, that's a fact. You can freely move from Android handset to handset and take all of your purchased material with you. That is simply not the case if you want to leave Apple. Unfortunately, if you want another product running iOS, the only OEM you can go to is Apple. Apple's way is to lock you down into their ecosystem, and there's no parole or release for good behavior if you want to leave Apple but still use iOS. That's the benefit of the Android ecosystem. So much to choose from. I mean, why on earth did Apple need to create a specific charging plug for iOS devices? The current, universal one wasn't good enough? But I digress...I will try and keep this an Apple vs Samsung thing for this post. Just like the iPhone fits your needs, Samsung devices fits others needs. To say the iPhone offers the best camera is subjective, at best. Facetime and iMessage only benefit iOS users, as opposed to being cross-platform like Skype or BBM, which potentially benefit more. The Google Play Store now offers more apps to choose from than Apple's app store, so I'm not sure what the your argument is there. True, Android faces threats from malware and viruses on a greater level than some ecosystems, but iOS has been proven to have more malware than Android. And don't even get me started on what a bug-ridden mess iOS 8 has been since, what? September of 2014? With updates that just cause more problems than they fix. Hopefully, they get it right with iOS 9. But I have my doubts. It seems to me that the more Apple tries to add more touchwiz/Android features to iOS, the worse it performs. Could it be because of the underpowered hardware? Think about that for a minute. You "own" your iPhone? Really? If you're going the subsidized route, the carrier owns your iPhone, until it's payed off. And considering how Apple keeps you locked in its ecosystem, the only way you truly own your iPhone is if you jailbreak it. And even then, you have to stick with the jailbreak, or you're locked right back to Apple's ecosystem. The logo on the back means "property of Apple". And if you think for one second that Apple hasn't "messed with your iPhone before you got it", you've got another think coming. How is it "scrapping for survival" if Google gets others to build its Nexus devices? I guess Apple must fall under that category as well since Foxconn builds their devices. Most of my friends own Android devices specifically because they know about the deficiencies of iOS and the strengths of Android. Yes, the iPhone has phenomenal sales. So do Samsung Galaxy devices. Last I checked, Samsung was still the global smartphone leader, and Android dwarfs iOS market share.

43. houston101

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

hear yee..guess u've just described me in one paragraph...

61. AlikMalix unregistered

Meanest, no argument to what you posted, like I said above - looking for a fight on purpose. Most People around where I live is on iOS, most of my customers are too - we can tell on iOS because our dialed or iMessage shows us who's on iOS and who's not. So using imessage or FaceTime is the norm and those with "green text bubbles" seem to be is monority and most do not use hangouts or bbm or even heard of them (even though it's preinstalled). What I meant by logo on back is not manufacturers, but Verizon's or AT&T. They subsidized the cost of your phone without your choice by adding/forcing their own software and blocking manufacturers features. My iPhone has not been "messed" with per se after it left the manufacturers assembly plant. Apple relying on Samsung and others to build phones for them is not the same as Google relying on LG or Samsung to build a nexus: the difference is - Apple designs and tells what goes into iPhones Google leaves that to third party entirely and just put a clean android on it. "Scraping for survival" was just to put more logs on the fire - I don't mean that, to be honest. And your last paragraph is as true as mine was about strength and deficiencies. LoL. I just wanted to point out that this sword has two edges. Part of me actually wishes that Apple would allow at least one manufacturer to build phones with iOS, but not because I'm unhappy with my iPhone's (you know how I like them), just curious how it would look and fell like to see someone else take a jab at iOS. Last point, Samsung is the global smartphone leader, but Apple is global flagship leader... Appreciate you taking a jab at my comment... :).

39. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Wrong. The only reason that Apple made the brand name , is that Apple succeeded to make almost every iPhone user , a share-holder. (that was the genius of St.Jobs). Thus gives Apple the best advertisement- from person to person. Those millions apple's activists , when iPhone had the best display(long ago) went to friends , relatives, ppl on the street to convince then that the display is the most important. Today they say- it's not, and "prove it" from person to person. Long ago when Apple had best specs - the specs were the most important. Today - it's not. Long ago functionality was good thing. Today all of a sudden simplicity is the best thing. Those activist's go from person to person to say what size display is the perfect. Explain how "premium" is the sealed tin-can-glass. Make queue show in front of the shops. And that's because they own few shares. They are most active on the net. They created all the tech blogs (even with "android...." on the names. In this Wall Street smelled the best financial Pyramid. And of course WS started to use their publicity power. That's why Apple is strongest in US. That's why Samsung is hitting there now.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Continued from previous post: Apple may have the lions share of profits, but that's ALSO because Apple has only itself to compete with concerning iOS. If Android handsets were only made by one vendor, we would see a more level playing field concerning profits. And MORE people prefer Android to iOS. That's an indisputable fact. And I know more than a few people that just "dive in because it's Apple". You know I'm not a blind hater of anything, including Apple, Alik. I like debating you because you're a lot more level headed than most of the iOS fans here on phonearena. I respect you, and your position concerning iOS.

44. houston101

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

"And MORE people prefer Android to iOS " i differ meanestgenius..in the 3rd world people want an iphone but can't cause most cannot afford.the only option is android cause android phones are cheap

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