With sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge slated to kick off on March 11, carriers are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to woo eager buyers with attractive promotional offers. And it seems the old ‘Buy One Get One Free’ scheme of yore has turned out to be the flavor of the season with both AT&T and T-Mobile plans under the BOGOF scheme.
As per the AT&T deal which is open to both new and existing customers, the phones will have to be bought as per AT&T Next instalment plan. Further, the second line is required to be a new one and conforms to the Next 24 plan which includes 30 payments. And it is here that the free bit comes into the picture as AT&T will be crediting up to $695 over the 30-month period. However, anyone who wishes to walk out of the deal will have to bear the remaining balance in full. AT&T has also mandated customers to pay sales tax for both handsets during purchase.
As for T-Mobile, the second phone will be offered via a prepaid debit card. Further, those opting for the S7 can have the smartphone with no down payment to be made while the S7 Edge will need $59.99 to be paid up front.
T-Mobile is also offering three lines of service that will have unlimited 4G LTE data for a monthly payment of $150 while a fourth line will be available for free. That is not all for T-Mobile is also offering a year’s worth of Netflix subscription for free along with a Samsung Gear VR headset complete with a six games bundle for purchases made before March 18.
Verizon is also offering both the S7 and S7 Edge for a 2-year monthly instalment plan that requires $28 and $33 to be paid every month for the S7 and S7 Edge respectively.
Meanwhile, Samsung has confirmed the Verizon S7/S7 Edge will indeed be compatible with Samsung Pay. Towards that, the app will be made available starting March 11. As things stand right now, the Verizon models don’t have the Samsung Pay pre-installed which has led many to doubt the carrier’s commitment to Samsung’s online payment service.
Sprint is offering the S7 and S7 Edge for $199.99 and $299.99 contract respectively while the rest is to be paid for a 2 year period. The S7 attracts a monthly payment of $27.09 while $31.25 has to be paid for the S7 Edge over the same period.
US Cellular too is offering the S7 and S7 Edge for a two-year contract of $199.99 and $299.99 respectively. Monthly payments for the S7 stand at $28 while the same for S7 Edge comes to $32.5.
Cricket has also announced it will be offering the Galaxy S7 starting March 18 which is a full one week after the Android phone goes on sale from the four major carriers in the US. Cricket will be offering the handset for $649 with a free Gear VR headset and games bundle worth $150 thrown in as well.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge launched earlier at the MWC has impressed with its top-notch specifications that include a Snapdragon 820 chipset and Adreno 530 graphics. System memory stands at 4 GB along with 32 GB for storage.
However, what has come as the biggest relief to fans is that the new Samsung flagships carry the IP68 rating for water and dust protection. That is not all for there is a microSD card slot as well that allows for 200 GB of extra storage. The battery, while not user removable is till bigger at 3000mAh for S7 and 3600mAh for the S7 Edge.
There is no USB Type-C port, though, as many might have been expecting. Instead, it is a micro-USB port that one has to make do with.
As for the display, the S7 and S7 Edge comes with a 5.1 and 5.5-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD display respectively, having a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixel.