Samsung is offering Galaxy Note 7 owners $100 in credit if they choose to switch to another Samsung smartphone, such as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The South Korean company hopes the incentive will prevent fans from switching to rival handset makers.
Now that the Note 7 is dead, and all units must be returned to Samsung for disposal, the company must find a way to boost sales of the other smartphones in its lineup. One of its plans is to give Note 7 adopters $100 towards the cost of another Samsung phone.
Given that the Galaxy S7 edge is probably the closest alternative to the Note 7, this seems like a killer deal — assuming you haven’t already lost all faith in Samsung. However, if you decide to switch to another smartphone brand, Samsung will still give you $25 as a goodwill gesture.
The Galaxy S7 edge has the same curved display as the Note 7, only slightly smaller; the same processor, camera, and other internals; and most of the same software features. It also has a bigger battery, despite its smaller footprint. The only thing it’s really missing is the S Pen.
Another way Samsung will attempt to boost Galaxy S7 sales, according to recent reports, is by adding new color options to its lineup. A leaked photo suggests the Galaxy S7 edge will soon be available in blue coral, which was one of the most popular color options for the Note 7.
If you haven’t already, you should stop using your Note 7 and return it to wherever you bought it from as soon as possible. Samsung still has no idea why its flagship phablet is exploding, and the problem could affect any device at any time. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you still have your last smartphone and you’d rather just return to that than swap your Note 7 for another device, you can opt for a full refund instead. Whatever you do, get rid of your Note 7 before it causes damage to your property or your body.