Samsung Is Tempting Korean Note 7 Owners With 50% Off Eventual Note 8 Release
Money off a new device is a good deal, if it doesn't blow up in your face.
After Samsung's Note 7 debacle (read: the one where devices were catching fire and injuring their owners or outright exploding) it'd be understandable if you just didn't want to use anything else the company had to offer. But Samsung is banking on the hope that Note 7 owners in South Korea will want to upgrade their phone to a Note 8 for half-price when and if it becomes available next year.
According to Reuters, it's part of an exchange program for the Note 7's home country. It unfortunately doesn't look at present like the same thing is going to apply for US buyers. It also means that, bizarrely, the Note line is going to go on even though the massive issues with the Note 7 have been plaguing users for some time now. Samsung said when speaking to Reuters when asked about the deal coming Stateside (or elsewhere for that matter) that it would depend on "the situation in each country."
Right now, US owners can get $25 in credit by returning their defective phone and exchanging it for something else. The credit incentive jumps to $100 if the buyer decides on another Samsung phone. But it's certainly not as good of a deal as letting buyers get cheaper access to a new phone should it be coming down the pipeline soon. Samsung is definitely going to have to work on its brand of damage control elsewhere if this isn't an offer the entire market is going to get.