And so it begins.
When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress last month, it disappointed all and sundry because it was just another update on the series' previous versions with some better specs.
The phone lacks any truly groundbreaking features like metal unibody, significantly bigger battery or bendability, which Samsung fanboys had come to expect through the rumor mill.
Due to the unenthusiastic response of critics, it was expected that Samsung would take some corrective measures to appease its users, and now it has done just that. It's too late to make any changes to the phone itself, but Samsung is now offering freebies worth $500 with the purchase of any Galaxy S5 smartphone.
To lure the customers, Samsung will give to its S5 customers a limited-time free subscription to a bunch of premium services and apps that would've otherwise cost half a G. The announcement was made on the official Galaxy Gifts webpage, where the company wrote:
"Meaningful rewards from the world’s top brands to make your GALAXY S5 experience even more enjoyable and productive. From fitness to news to productivity apps, the Samsung GALAXY S5 comes with free, long-term subscriptions and premium services."
The subscription to the 15 free apps and services includes names such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, LinkedIn, PayPal, etc.
The official price of S5 hasn't been revealed yet, but it is expected to cost somewhere around the $700-mark. The fact that customers could recoup up to $500 on a $700 purchase would likely make S5 an attractive purchase and save world's largest smartphone manufacturer's flagship product from tanking.
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