After the success of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung launched two new phones that were equally as impressive. The Note 5 and S6 Edge+, however, the Note 5 didn’t quite make it to Europe and no one knew why?
However, we now have the exact reason from Rory O’Neill, Samsung’s European Vice President of Brand and Marketing:
“We studied that the user patterns for large-screen devices in Europe were much more entertainment-centric, viewing-centric, than while the Note proposition is really good, is more on the productivity side and personal organisation side.”
Basically, people in Europe don’t care as much about using their phones for work and would rather have the larger screen for media consumption. This is why the S6 Edge+ was launched there, but not the more productivity focused Note 5.
However, the big question is will Samsung do the same thing with the Note 6 and S7 Edge+? We have heard some rumours that while the Note 5 was left out of European markets, the Note 6 will definitely be coming there (at least in the UK). Although, this time around the S7 Edge+ might not. Pretty much a complete reverse of last year.
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Samsung’s next two flagships are on the way, and that means carriers and retailers want to burn through existing inventory of last year’s devices. First up to start dumping Samsung phones is AT&T with a new promotion that includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Active, and even the Galaxy Note 5.
AT&T customers can purchase any of the aforementioned Samsung phones through an AT&T Next installment plan before picking up a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Active with 32GB of internal storage for free. Since AT&T Next is part of the promotion and you’re not buying devices outright, the carrier will issue credit within three billing cycles. However, the credit will be spread across thirty months.
The deal expires on March 31, and select locations are not eligible to redeem the offer. AT&T says the deal is a no-go in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Florida’s Miami-Dade County.
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 is now running the Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta for a select group of AT&T customers, demonstrating a much snappier user experience.
Screenshots sent to the team at Phone Probe by one of the website’s readers show a number of slight changes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5’s interface. One of the most notable improvements is said to be the speed of the OS, which can only be good news.
Screenshots of Android 6.0 Marshmallow running on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 aren’t too easy to get a hold of, considering the beta is said to have only reached around 200 people. Phone Probe’s reader was emailed instructions on how to install the beta build, which comes in at a rather chunky 1355.94 MB.
Whilst there’s slight differences between TouchWiz running Marshmallow on the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the experience is the same for the most part. Just recently, we reported on news that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are being updated with the Android 6.0.1 update to users in South Korea.
From what we can see from the screenshots colors pop nicely and the notification tray has been tweaked too. This latest beta update comes bundled with a February security patch that recently hit Nexus smartphones.
Take a look at the screenshots of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow beta below and let us know what you think.
Via: Phone Probe
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If you’re planning a trip to South Korea anytime soon, we have some fantastic news for you. The Korea Tourism Organization has teamed up with Samsung and SK Telecom to offer a free Galaxy Note 5 for a 5-day trial to 250 visitors arriving at Incheon International Airport each week. The handsets will come with a pre-loaded SIM with unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 1GB of data — so you won’t have to fork out for any hefty international roaming charges or go through the process of registering for a local prepaid service.
The objective of this scheme is, of course, to encourage more people to check out Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5. The manufacturer hopes that after 120-hours of using the device, you’ll fall in love with it and want to pick one up when you return to your home country. It’s also a pretty unique experience to loan a smartphone without having to pay a penny when visiting a foreign region, so you will almost certainly want to tell your friends about how you got to use the company’s latest flagship, which is great publicity for Samsung.
For those in need of a refresher on the devices specifications, the Note 5 packs a 5.7-inch qHD display, a 1.5GHz and 2.1GHz Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a Mali-T760MP8 GPU, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 3,000mAh Li-Po non-removable battery. There’s also a super-snappy biometric scanner hidden in the phone’s home key, and a heart rate sensor on the rear just below the camera module.
If you like the sound of this promotion and are visiting South Korea in the very near future, hit the source link below to head over to the KTO website where you will be able to register your interest in the scheme. Phones will start being distributed later this month on a first come, first served basis, so you better act fast as with only 250 units available and over 3000 people flying in to Seol each week, they’re definitely not going to be there for long.
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Have you been wanting to snag a Galaxy Note 5, but can’t bring yourself to it? Well, you might be able to take one for a spin free of charge if you’re headed to South Korea.
Samsung has partnered up with the Korea Tourism Organization to provide 250 Galaxy Note 5’s for tourists to use per week. Not only that, but thanks to SK Telekom, each user will get 1GB of data to use during their stay in South Korea.
This offer is actually put on by the Korea Tourism Organization in order to show off South Korea’s insanely fast wireless infrastructure.
The only catch is that this promotion only applies to those flying into the Incheon International Airport in Seoul. Not only that, but users interested in taking part in this program will have to apply through the Korea Tourism Organization website. From there, they will let you know if your application was accepted, and you’ll be able to pick up your Galaxy Note 5 upon your arrival in Seoul.
It’s important to note that not everyone coming into South Korea will get to try a Galaxy Note 5. Only 250 people per week will get to take the smartphone out for a joyride. However, if you plan on taking a trip to South Korea this year, it might just be worth applying for your chance to have a little fun with Samsung’s latest and greatest. Keep in mind that if you do get selected, you will have to return your Galaxy Note 5 before leaving South Korea. They’ll, of course, have all the terms on their website.
If you’re interested, you can apply at the Korea Tourism website here.
All in all, it’s a nice promotion, and could potentially help boost Samsung’s falling sales worldwide.
source: Samsung Korea
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We’ve been waiting and waiting for something official from Samsung about when we can expect some of their flagship devices to finally be updated to Android 6.0, and while there’s still nothing official from the company, a leaked roadmap seems to indicate that the first round of upgrades should happen in February. Keep in mind that the first set of leaks said updates should’ve happened back in December, so take everything with a grain of salt.
The first phase of devices, includes all of Samsung’s 2015 flagships (Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5) and the Galaxy S5, Note 4 and Note Edge. The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ will lead the way in February with the Marshmallow update, with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge seeing their updates in March. The GS6, Note 4, and Note Edge will round things out in March or April.
According to the leak, all of these updates for the devices have already been approved by Samsung, so all that’s left is to get carrier approval to begin pushing things out. We’ve seen that process take a decent amount of time, so don’t be surprised if things keep slipping out a little further.
Here’s hoping Samsung gets at least a few of their older devices updated before announcing the Galaxy S7.
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A deal that began with just Sprint has now been extended to Verizon and AT&T subscribers through Best Buy. For a limited time, with a purchase of a select Samsung smartphone you can get a 32-inch Samsung LED HDTV totally free of charge.
Now what’s a deal without some terms and conditions. First off, there only a few smartphones that are eligible for the offering. They include the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6. Buyers must activate the handset on one of the supported carriers with either a 2 year deal or via installment payments.
The deal is valid through January 2, 2016 and has limited quantity available, so hurry up before they’re all gone!
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Ever since the launch of the Galaxy Note 5, there’s been a number of complaints pertaining to the removal of the microSD card slot. At launch, Samsung limited the options to only 32GB and 64GB of non-expandable internal storage, which left many wanting more.
Earlier today Samsung launched a 128GB variant of the Galaxy Note 5 that it’s calling the ‘Winter Edition.’ The handset is only available in South Korea at the moment, however there’s still a possibility that Samsung will introduce the Winter Edition Galaxy Note 5 in more countries down the road.
The Galaxy Note 5 Winter Edition is available in choice of titanium silver and gold platinum. Samsung said it chose these two color options because of their high popularity. The 128GB variant will carry a 999,900 KRW price tag, which is equivalent to approximately $846 USD.
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[Deal] Sprint is giving away a free 32-inch TV to all customers who purchase one of the latest Samsung smartphones
Sprint has announced a new holiday promotion it will be offering from this Friday, December 18 for customers who purchase either a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ or the Galaxy Note 5 on any of its prepaid plans or two-year contracts.
In order to qualify for a free 32-inch Samsung LED TV, which is normally priced at $419.99, consumers will need to have bought their new smartphone by Thursday, December 24 and sent off the TV Order Claim form before Thursday, December 31.
You can find all of the details in the press release below:
Hot Sprint Offer – Get a FREE 32-Inch Samsung LED TV With Any Qualifying Purchase or Lease of Popular Samsung Galaxy Smartphones Until December 24Through Jan. 7, take advantage of the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history – 50 percent off the price of most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile rate plans
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 16, 2015 – Sprint (NYSE: S) is making it easy and affordable to give the best technology gifts this holiday season. Beginning Friday, Dec. 18, get a FREE 32-inch Samsung LED TV with a qualifying purchase or lease of the hottest Samsung Galaxy smartphones1.
This special holiday offer is available for existing Sprint customers who upgrade or add a new line of service and new customers switching to Sprint. Qualified Samsung smartphones include Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Samsung Galaxy Note5. Customers can get their new Samsung smartphone through Sprint Lease, Sprint Easy PaySM, sign a two-year contract or pay full retail price. Offer available Dec. 18 – Dec. 24 or while supplies last.
“A free TV from Samsung is the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one,” said Roger Sole, chief marketing officer, Sprint. “Sprint is excited to team up with Samsung and offer consumers an exciting promotion with the popular Galaxy smartphones. And, we invite new customers to switch to Sprint and save 50 percent off their current rate plan.”
50 Percent Off Rate Plans
Consumers switching to Sprint also can take advantage of the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history – 50 percent off the price of most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile rate plans2. Customers who switch get 50 percent off most current rate plan prices from their current carrier. And, Sprint will pay your switching fees up to $650 per line via an American Express® Reward Card after online registration and phone turn-in3.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 58.6 million connections as of Sept. 30, 2015, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint atwww.sprint.com or http://www.facebook.com/sprint and http://www.twitter.com/sprint.
1Must be 18+ and a resident of 50 US/DC/PR/USVI. Between 12/18/15 and 12/24/15, lease or purchase a Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ or Note5 (“Qualifying Galaxy Device”) from a participating Sprint retail location, Sprint authorized dealer, online or National Retailer where Sprint is sold, and follow the instructions athttp://samsungpromotions.com/SamsungTVFlashSale (“Website”) to submit your Offer Claim Form. Must submit Offer Claim Form online by 12/31/15 at 11:59:59 PM ET. Subject to verification and while supplies last receive a Samsung 32? LED J4000 Series TV w/in approx. 4–6 weeks. In the event a TV arrives damaged, Participants may call customer service at 888-795-6442 for assistance. Limit 1 TV per Qualifying Galaxy Device purchase or lease. Offer cannot be combined with other Samsung rebates, offers, discounts, promotions or programs. Subject to Terms available at Website, including complete Offer details/restrictions. Void where prohibited.
2Discount applies to base monthly service plan and access charges only. Discount does not apply to certain charges such as taxes, surcharges, roaming, premium content, add-ons, and apps. New plan features may not be an exact match. Discount offer limited to regular rates on consumer plans as of 12/9/15 for: Verizon’s shared data rate plans as of 12/9/15 for 1GB, 3GB, 6GB, 12GB, 18GB, 20GB, 25GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB; T-Mobile’s Simple Choice rate plan prices as of 12/9/15 for 2GB, 6GB and 10GB; and AT&T’s shared data rate plans as of 11/18/15 for 300MB, 2GB, 5GB, 15GB, 20GB, 25GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB. Discount does not include competitor promotional or sale prices. Plans exclude unlimited music and video streaming, data carryover, and cloud options that other carrier plans may offer. Offer/coverage not available everywhere or for discounted phones. Subject to new-line, $36 activation fee, credit, valid port-in. Customer must choose from same porting carrier rate card.
3Requires valid port-in, submission of previous bill, current phone turn in and online registration. Via American Express Reward Card.
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T-Mobile announced today their final special offer as part of their holiday shopping Un-carrier Unwrapped promotions. The offer encourages consumers to pick up a Samsung smartphone thanks to a $100 discount and suggests consumers avail themselves of T-Mobile’s new Binge On feature by throwing in a year of Netflix.
John Legere, in announcing this final offer for the season, says other carriers are engaging in trickery with their specials, but T-Mobile’s Unwrapped is different in being simple, “we’re giving you $100 off the top on Samsung’s hottest phones, plus a year of Netflix. Period.”
The devices eligible for the special pricing include the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. The offer will launch this Friday, December 18th, and will be accessible via retail locations, by phone or through online orders. The special pricing on Samsung devices will be good through December 23rd, but the Netflix offer can be had until December 31st. If you are already a Netflix customer, you can get a 12-month credit through this deal.
Check out the full press release below.
T-Mobile Gives Customers $100 Off Samsung’s Best Smartphones, Plus a Year of Netflix
Un-carrier Unwrapped ends with gifts for all!
Get $100 off a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, edge+ or Note5 AND one full year of Netflix on us!
Bellevue, Washington — December 16, 2015 — T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today revealed its final gift of the Un-carrier Unwrapped holiday season and it’s for absolutely everyone. Starting this Friday, the Un-carrier is knocking $100 off Samsung’s latest superphones – the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, edge+ or Note5. To sweeten the deal, the Un-carrier is throwing in up to a full year of Netflix – more than $100 value – when you pick up any of these Samsung smartphones! With Binge On you can watch all the Netflix you want without eating up your high-speed data. It’s the gift that keeps on giving year round!
“Today we’re putting the final bow on a fantastic month of gifts to all wireless customers,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “The carriers’ holiday ‘deals’ are full of trickery and promises in exchange for a set of handcuffs and higher costs down the road. That’s not a gift, and it’s not how the Un-carrier does it. Starting this weekend, we’re giving you $100 off the top on Samsung’s hottest phones, plus a year of Netflix. Period. Happy Holidays Everyone!”
Thanks to the carriers’ inflated data charges and overages, if you don’t have T-Mobile, you’re paying a lot more for your binge watching than just the normal subscription fee. Binge watching a full season of House of Cards can eat up about 9.59 GB of high-speed data. An AT&T customer with a 5GB data bucket would use up their entire bucket and tip into overage penalties to the tune of $15 per gigabyte before the season is even done – an extra $75 on top of their monthly bill! At T-Mobile with Binge On, that same season of House of Cards would eat up exactly ZERO of your high-speed data bucket on most plans.
The Un-carrier has been in the holiday spirit this month, unwrapping holiday gifts every week as part of Un-carrier Unwrapped. First, T-Mobile gave its Simple Choice customers three months of Unlimited LTE. Then,Sprint customers got $200 per line when they switched. And AT&T customers got a phone memory upgrade and half-off accessories. Finally, Verizon customers got up to a full year mobile viewing joy with Hulu and half-off accessories.
This latest Un-carrier Unwrapped gift is available to everyone starting Friday, December 18th in T-Mobile stores, by phone and online. Customers can get $100 off Samsung phones through December 23rd, and customers can get up to a free year of Netflix though December 31st. For more information, visithttps://explore.t-mobile.com/samsung-phone-offer.
Offer subject to change. At participating locations; while supplies last. Qualifying service required. Netflix offer sponsored by Samsung. Follow instructions at http://www.SamsungPromotions.com to redeem. Netflix codes must be used by 3/31/16 or they will expire. Subject to Netflix Terms & Conditions.
As America’s Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company’s advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to more than 61 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.
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