“The Next Galaxy” is (almost) here, and in addition to refined designs, a bunch of incremental hardware upgrades, as well as the return of water protection and microSD support, the S7 and S7 Edge apparently aim to stand out with an unusually early pre-order start and, best of all, freebies.
No more waiting months on end to see the latest flagships discounted. This year, they offer phenomenal bang for buck off the bat, at least stateside, where they’re bundled with gratis Gear VR headsets. Also, a 6-pack virtual reality game package, and a full 12 months of Netflix, if you choose to do business with T-Mobile.
The “Uncarrier” thus essentially takes $250 off the retail price of your no-contract Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which is pretty amazing given the two phones aren’t any costlier than the S6 and S6 Edge upon their launches a year ago.
Namely, they set you back $670 and $780 respectively with 32GB internal storage, which you can also elect to pay in monthly installments of around $28 and $32, no upfront fee charged.
Thinking of buying one for yourself, and another copy for a friend or loved one? Sprint has you covered, shaving half off the second unit, including with leases. After 12 monthly lease payments, you’ll even be able to easily upgrade to the Galaxy S8 if you want, as part of a new program called Galaxy Forever. And on top of that, the Now Network will fork over the Gear VR and 6-game VR bundle as well.
In terms of actual pricing, Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S7 is $26 a month for two years, bringing the grand total to $625, while the S7 Edge costs $30.50 x 24, i.e. $730 all in all. That’s hardly prohibitive for self-respecting Android power users, don’t you think?