Samsung is launching an attempt to recover the public’s trust after the Galaxy Note 7 battery flaw. The Korean tech giant is offering a new upgrade program to Galaxy Note 7 owners in South Korea who trade in the device for either the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.
What you get after the disaster?
As part of this new program, those looking to upgrade next year could see a steep discount on either the upcoming Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy Note 8.
How can you get the discount?
To be eligible, you’ll need to join the Galaxy Upgrade program, sign a two-year contract and pay monthly installments on whatever you traded in your device for (either the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge). After the 12 installment payments are over, you’ll be able to upgrade to a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 for free.
Having to pay the 12 installments before getting a free device can be frustrating in that the Galaxy S8 will launch long before that payment plan is over. Thankfully, customers looking to upgrade to the device as soon as it launches have the option of paying off their installments early.
In other words, you’ll be paying half the price on a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge currently, but will be able to exchange that phone in to get one of the new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 devices for free. In addition, Samsung will be throwing in a 50% discount on LCD display repairs you might need (can be used up to two times).
It’s worth noting that this program is currently only available to those in South Korea. It’s open for people to sign-up to until November 30. And, if you already traded in your Galaxy Note 7, you’re still eligible for the program as well.
Revival of the Note Series
One thing worth mentioning is that it looks like Samsung will definitely be keeping the Galaxy Note series going, as opposed to discontinuing it. By offering the Galaxy Note 8 as an upgrade option, this seemingly means that Samsung won’t be trying to push a new brand with this smartphone, but instead make an attempt to recover its damaged reputation. After permanently discontinuing the Galaxy Note 7 phone, many had wondered if the company would scrap the brand altogether.
We’ll keep you updated on when or if Samsung does decide to launch the Galaxy Upgrade program in other markets.