Galaxy S8 & Note 8 Black Friday Deal: Up to $400 Off + Gear 360 & Gear VR Deals

Galaxy S8 & Note 8 Black Friday Deal: Up to $400 Off + Gear 360 & Gear VR Deals is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung is cutting up to $400 off the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 when you trade in a qualifying phone for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. This is a $100 bonus above the normal trade-in values and you can also save big on accessories. When you buy a Gear 360, you get a free Gear VR.

There are a lot of eligible smartphones you can trade in for $400 off the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ or Galaxy Note 8. This deal is only good from November 23rd through November 27th, and it’s an online only deal. You can get the unlocked version of the phones listed above so you can bring it to your carrier by popping your SIM card into it.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is $950 before the trade-in, which drops it to $550 when you trade in a very recent phone. The Galaxy S8+ is $824.99 which drops to $424.99 and the Galaxy S8 is $724, which drops to $324.99 with the top-level trade-in. Samsung financing is available on these options. If you buy a Gear 360 during Black Friday you get a free Gear VR.

Score a great Black Friday deal on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ or Galaxy Note 8.
Score a great Black Friday deal on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ or Galaxy Note 8.

You can pay the remaining balance of the phone up front or you can make monthly payments for 24 months at 0% interest, allowing you to decide how you want to pay for the rest of the phone. Here’s the trade-in value that you get for each of these phones.

  • iPhone 7+ – $400
  • iPhone 7 – $400
  • iPhone 6s+ – $300
  • iPhone 6s – $300
  • iPhone 6+ – $200
  • iPhone 6 – $200
  • iPhone 5s – $150
  • iPhone 5 – $150
  • iPhone SE – $150
  • Galaxy S7 Edge – $400
  • Galaxy S7 Active – $400
  • Galaxy S7 – $400
  • Galaxy S6 Edge – $200
  • Galaxy S6 Edge+ – $200
  • Galaxy S6 Active – $200
  • Galaxy S6 – $200
  • Galaxy S5 – $150
  • Galaxy S5 Active – $150
  • Galaxy Note 5 – $300
  • LG G6 – $200
  • LG G5 – $150
  • Pixel – $400
  • Pixel XL – $400

When you buy the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ or Galaxy Note 8 with this deal, you see the trade-in discount instantly, so you don’t need to mess with rebates or gift cards, everything is done up front. You have 15 days to send your old phone to Samsung, so you can wait for your new phone to arrive before you ship it off. If you currently make payments on your phone to your carrier, trading in to Samsung does not pay off your old phone.

Your trade-in needs to be a working phone that turns on and holds a charge. The phone can show normal wear and tear, but the display must be in good shape.

You can visit Samsung.com to get this deal.

Galaxy S8 & Note 8 Black Friday Deal: Up to $400 Off + Gear 360 & Gear VR Deals is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

US Cellular offering free Galaxy S8, LG G6, or Moto Z Force with eligible trade-in

We’ve already seen the Black Friday deals on offer from MVNOs like Cricket and MetroPCS, but now it’s US Cellular’s turn to throw their hat in the ring. It’s a pretty juicy deal too, if you’re looking to upgrade your phone. Starting November 22 through November 27th, you can sign up for an unlimited data plan and trade-in an eligible device to receive a Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, Moto Z Force, or iPhone 8 for free.

If you don’t have a smartphone you want to trade-in to get the deal, they’re offering the same deal for an extra $10 a month with no trade-in. Devices that are eligible for the trade-in promotion include the iPhone 6 or higher, the Samsung Galaxy S6 or higher, and the LG G6, LG V20, and LG V30. All devices must be in working condition and undamaged in order to be eligible for the promotion.

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Samsung is hoping to sway iPhone X buyers in South Korea by loaning them a Galaxy S8 or Note 8

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve a least been a member of ‘camp Android’ at some point. Perhaps you’ve been a committed, unwavering Android user for years, or maybe you’ve (and it’s okay to admit it) flitted between devices running Google’s OS and those made by a certain company residing in Cupertino.

Whatever your own personal mobile history happens to be, it’s easy to sympathize with anyone considering switching allegiance from iPhone to Android, or vice versa. After all, it’s much easier to stick with a familiar product experience than take a risk on something entirely new, especially when said devices are worth several hundred dollars.

Enter Samsung, which today unveiled the “Galaxy Experience Program” – a scheme essentially designed to let Apple addicts loan a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 for a month with the intention of showing them that the grass is indeed greener on the other side.

The caveat to this fantastic proposition – which has also been cheekily dubbed “Upgrade to Galaxy” – is that it’s exclusive to South Korea for the time being, but if it proves successful in Samsung’s home country then we may see similar schemes pop up across the pond in the future.

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The way the program works is incredibly simple. First, you submit an application online via an online form between now and November 27th.

Samsung will then pick out 10,000 lucky applicants by November 30th who will then able to collect their device from a Samsung Digital Plaza store between December 1st-11th. On a completely unrelated note, Apple’s ultra-premium flagship, the iPhone X, launches in South Korea on December 3rd. Interesting timing, Samsung.

Those participating in the trial do have to pay a small fee (the equivalent of around $45), but this is refunded for customers who choose to buy the device at the end of the program. As an added bonus, Samsung will also offer discounts on Bluetooth speakers and official accessories to those who switch to a Galaxy device.

What do you think of the “Upgrade to Galaxy” program? Do you think Samsung should bring the scheme over to other regions too? Let us know in the comments.

Galaxy S8 more popular with adults in new survey, iPhone with teens

It’s always interesting to see how public opinion skews towards popular products, especially with electronics. A market research firm called Propeller Insights has conducted a survey of both adults and teens to see which device they’d prefer to receive for Christmas this year, a Samsung Galaxy S8 versus an iPhone 8 or an iPhone X.

The survey determined that 38% of adults said they’d rather receive the Samsung Galaxy S8, while 20% said they want the iPhone X and 22% chose the iPhone 8. Combined that puts Apple ahead of Samsung for the holidays, but just barely. It’s interesting to see the vote for the phones split down the middle, I suppose the loss of Touch ID and the $1K+ asking price for the iPhone X is affecting its desirability.

Meanwhile, teenagers in America skewed more heavily towards the set of iPhones released this year with 35% of them responding they would prefer to receive an iPhone, while 28% said they’d be happy with a Galaxy S8 as a Christmas gift. The survey surmises that teens don’t care as much about the loss of Touch ID and the high price, rather they want what’s trendy at the moment.

OnePlus 5T, Samsung Galaxy S8, or LG G6? [Poll of the Week]

Last week’s poll summary: Out of almost 4,500 total votes, 54.4% of our readers prefer tall and skinny (18:9) aspect ratio displays, while 33.2% prefer short and squat (16:9) aspect ratio screens. 12.5% of voters have no preference.

OnePlus 5T, Samsung Galaxy S8, or LG G6— that’s not a comparison I thought I’d be making by the end of the year, yet here we are.

The Galaxy S8 launched for around $750 on most carriers, but recently we’ve seen it go as low as $470. The LG G6 launched for almost $700, and since then we’ve seen it go for $470 on Amazon, $288 on Verizon, and $399 if you have an Amazon Prime membership. Now, the OnePlus 5T will go on sale Tuesday, November 21 for $499, putting OnePlus’ latest flagship in the same camp as the the S8 and G6… at least in terms of pricing.

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All three devices have their pros and cons, of course. The Galaxy S8 and G6 are both water resistant, while the 5T is not. The S8 and 5T both come with the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, and LG’s G6 has the older Snapdragon 821. On the software front, OnePlus’ OxygenOS provides a clean and quick vanilla Android experience, which many of our readers prefer.

So if you had $500 to spend on a new phone, which would you choose? I think I’d go for the Galaxy S8 or OnePlus 5T, only because LG’s software still isn’t my cup of tea. Cast your vote in the poll below, and speak up in the comments if you have any other thoughts.