Promotions, or promos, as they are better known, are being used by the smartphone manufacturers every time there is a new device launched – especially during pre-orders. They try and entice you to sign up to purchase their new device…not only to get your business, but it gives them a good idea about production and shipping – allowing the manufacturer to gauge interest. The promos are given after you actually buy the device and sign up with a carrier for a two-year contract. For the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung would give you a free Gear VR headset – not a bad deal and a chance to ‘test ride’ and see how virtual reality actually works. Now that the pre-orders are over and the devices are out on the shelves for sale, it is up to the carriers to bring in the customers by offering some of their own promos. Telus appears the first of the Canadian carriers to make a move and we are sure that others will follow.
Telus will start their promo on March 18 in partnership with Samsung and begin offering customers a free three-month subscription to Netflix and 1GB of free data each of the three months for all postpaid customers that purchase a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. According to our source, the internal document they received says that two days after you purchase your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge the customer will receive a text message telling you that you are eligible for the promo. By replying, ‘yes’ to your message it will activate your extra 1GB of data and send you a promo code for your three-month Netflix subscription. According to their document, the promo will last until May 7.
Judging from the comments, customers are not too happy with this three-month promo – they see it as a deliberate push to use that extra gigabyte of data and then some while streaming Netflix. It is not real clear if the promo code Netflix sends you allows you to use Netflix anywhere, including your laptop or smart TV, although it probably does. There is always WiFi to consider, then your data will not be affected in any way.