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Samsung has announced it has started a trial of a new program designed to let consumers use some of their Galaxy smartphone and smartwatch devices for "free" before they decide whether or not to buy the products.

The trial is currently available only at five Galaxy Studio retail locations in the U.S.:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth/Frisco, TX: Stonebriar Centre Mall
  • Houston/The Woodlands, TX: The Woodlands Mall
  • Los Angeles/Canoga Park, CA: Westfield Topanga
  • New York City: Samsung Galaxy Studio SoHo,
  • Santa Clara, CA Westfield Valley Fair

People who participate in this program will be able to try out devices for 21 days like the Galaxy S5 and Note 3 smartphones, along with Samsung's smartwatches like the Gear 2 and Gear Fit. While technically this try out period is "free", consumers will have to offer up a credit or debit card deposit up front that will be refunded once the 21 day trial period is over.

What do you think of Samsung offering a few people in the U.S. a way to take some of their devices through their paces before they actually buy the products?

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There are 25 comments

ronnypoo says:

Inspiration from motorola i'd say

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moosc says:

More like the T-Mobile letting folks try iPhone.

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en28so says:

Yeah, I did that, but the crappy screen on the iPhone that they sent me stopped working after three days!

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leif1981 says:

Or by the experience in some other countries. At least here in Germany you can get a refund for almost anything you bought online during the first two weeks. Sure, this shouldn't be abused, but with this "safety" people are much more likely to buy stuff they are not 100% sure about. I think Taiwan(?) has a similar law.

stevedo says:

Good idea.

Via a cool AC App on a great Nexus 4

triangle8 says:

Any idea which carriers are participating and on what terms?

meyerweb says:

Great idea, but way too limited. Hopefully they roll it out nationwide.

hitsmanj says:

Probably a limited test to see if it pays off.

paul-c says:

Don't have to, Samsung. Answer is still no.

blindfaith76 says:

This is a great idea. Especially for those on the fence about smartwatches and other peripheral devices. I wish it was available near me, I'd be getting a Gear 2 immediately.

cjbrigol says:

I'd love to try the fit for 21 days

jdevenberg says:

If this were in my city I'd give an S5 a spin. It seems like it is genuinely better than their previous offerings, and I really like that it is water and dust proof. However, I've not liked past Samsung phones I've had, so that is keeping me from buying one. If I could have a no commitment trial, I'd consider the phone.

They are lost this year

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dadathepanda says:

Market will very flooded with used devices, unless Sammy will still sell as new all the returns.

The panda has spoken

dcjose48 says:

They will probably use the used devices as replacement units.

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heavyvino says:

I wish all manufacturers did this then I could test the phones in real world situations, such as the buildings in which I work, and the Motorola's seem to be the only ones capable of getting a single. Management still have iPhones, but are starting to move to Sammy.

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Dizfunctions says:

Great idea to counter what T-Mobile did with iPhone.

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planoman says:

Frisco mall is 10 minutes from me. Maybe I will check out the s5? Probably won't because I know I would not keep a 16GB model...

Sent from my Moto X!

Theot says:

I've been on a Samsung trial for 18 months. It will be the last time I have a Samsung phone.

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wilderthing says:

Your s3 probably isn't running well because it was only a dual core, when the rest were quads ( they were just hitting the market). If your phone is a lower quality then the s3 then I didn't expect to much from them back then, they were truly junk imo

wilderthing says:

Your s3 probably isn't running well because it was only a dual core, when the rest were quads ( they were just hitting the market). If your phone is a lower quality then the s3 then I didn't expect to much from them back then, they were truly junk imo

erwaso says:

Dang, i used to work by Westfield Topanga Plaza!

How much is the deposit, I wonder... Hopefully something trivial like $0.10 or something, just to have your card on file if you dont give it back in 21 days

ryanmtech says:

I dont know. T-Mobile puts a 700$ hold on your card to try out the iPhone.

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ajpri says:

Does this include the Gear Live?

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