It was reported back in January early this year that Samsung had plans to launch a smartphone upgrade of its own, particularly one for its Galaxy line of mobile devices. Well, the South Korean tech giant is now realizing those plans this week by officially rolling out an upgrade program that should encourage more Android mobile users to get newer Galaxy models. But alas, this program is only made available in the South Korean mobile market.
As reported by Reuters, mobile users based in South Korea who decide to buy either Samsung’s current flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 or the Galaxy S7 Edge, are given the option of signing up for the 24 month plan, and then pay about $6.35 a month on top of the cost of the handset. Later on, they can turn in their Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge unit, and then get the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Edge or whatever new model will be.
If you think this move from Samsung sounds a bit like what Apple did in 2015, you probably have a point. Back in September of last year when Apple unveiled its current flagship devices, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, it also introduced its iPhone Upgrade Program. In Apple’s setup, iOS mobile users can basically buy a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus device without needing to enter into a wireless carrier contract. Moreover, the program allows users to upgrade to a newer iPhone model every year for a monthly fee. Although Apple still offers its iPhone handsets for customers who still decide to sign up for a traditional two year contract, the launching of its iPhone Upgrade Program marked the first time that the company offered an upgrade program for its smartphones.
Samsung and Apple may be two of the biggest names to join in on smartphone upgrade programs, but they are far from being the only ones nor the first. Wireless carriers like T-Mobile have been offering upgrade programs on locked smartphones for a while, like for example its Jump! On Demand program introduced in June of last year. As for Samsung’s and Apple’s smartphone upgrade programs, they apply to unlocked devices, which could be an advantage especially for those who are thinking of switching to other wireless carriers.
Samsung has not yet confirmed if and when its smartphone upgrade program will be launched in the United States market. For more Samsung deals, you can explore plans and phones from Samsung at Wirefly now.
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