Tuesday, March 04, 2014

$500+ of perks to greet Samsung GS5 customers with 'Galaxy Gifts'

Despite a somewhat tepid response to the announcement of the Galaxy S5, Samsung isn't letting up on the marketing campaign for its upcoming new flagship phone. The latest announcement came on Monday direct from Samsung, hot on the heels of the company's Oscar 2014 product placements, with a new Galaxy series: Galaxy Gifts.

What are Galaxy Gifts? Essentially, they are a suite of premium app deals that will be bundled for Galaxy S5 buyers. Galaxy Gifts includes a variety of subscriptions (such as to the Wall Street Journal) and premium services (like Box) for free. The length of time for any subscription or service varies from offer to offer; gifts that will last "forever" are few and far between, though.

The full list of gratis Galaxy Gifts is below:
  • RunKeeper: Fitness tracker, 1 year membership to RunKeeper Elite ($20 value)
  • Lark: Personal wellness assistant, 1 year premium service ($36 value)
  • Skimble: Workout trainer, 6 months free membership in the Pro+ premium service. ($42 value)
  • Map My Fitness: 6 months free MVP access ($36 value)
  • Wall Street Journal: Free 6 month subscription to Wall Street Journal ($160 value)
  • Bloomberg Businessweek+: Free 12 month subscription ($30 value)
  • PayPal: Special offers (totaling $50 or more in value) from your favorite stores when you pay with PayPal
  • LinkedIn: 3 months of free LinkedIn Premium account service ($75 value)
  • EasilyDo Pro: Time management, free app purchase ($5 value)
  • Blurb: $5 coupon to create your own professional-quality printed photo book. ($5 value)
  • Cut the Rope 2: $10 in-game credits ($10 value)
  • Flick Dat: Contacts sharing app, free app purchase ($2 value)
  • Box: Free 50 GB for 6 months ($60 value)
  • Bitcasa: Free premium service including 1TB of storage for 3 months ($30 value)
  • Evernote: Free "Evernote Premium" for 3 months ($15 value)
The total of everything above is over $500.  It's just another page in the Samsung book of recent marketing.  The company also had its Galaxy Note 3 front-and-center at the Oscars on Sunday night.



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