Do the free offers sway you?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from  Arizona
| Published: March 4, 2014

Samsung's Galaxy S5 is officially official. It dropped the space between the 'S' and number, and made some pretty big changes in all the right places for the new model. With as many changes, though, there are plenty of things that Samsung didn't change all that much, too. As is usual, with the announcement of the new device, there's a lot of back-and-forth from consumers on comment threads. It's either a great device, or a waste of time. There doesn't seem to be much of a middle ground here, but I imagine that we shouldn't expect anything different.

The Galaxy S5 is, yes, an iterative device in a a lot of ways when compared to the Galaxy S 4, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad thing. I don't have any doubt in my mind that Samsung is going to sell a lot of Galaxy S 5s, and the ultimate hope is that those who do buy the device keep it, and enjoy it for the duration they own it.

Samsung's not afraid to throw reasons at you to buy their stuff. Usually, throughout the year, we'll see this strategy enforced with devices. A lot of devices. If you happen to think a 4.7-inch display is too small, well, they've got one bigger. And then they'll go bigger than that, too. You can find pretty much any device with a Samsung brand on it, especially if it has anything to do with the mobile market. Tablets and smartphones from the company saturate the market, but that's exactly the way Samsung wants it, and it works for them.

Hey, if you've got it for the consumer, might as well sell it, right?

Samsung has a new tactic these days, something that really started to pick up the pace at the end of 2013. While they never stopped offering brand new features in their devices, or giving you a lot to choose from in general, they decided to offer something else with the reveal of the Galaxy Note 10.1 -- 2014 Edition: a bundle. That's right, now after you pick up their tablet, you'll get some bonuses already pre-loaded on the device, like SketchBook Pro, or even access to *Thew New York Times*. There were ben more bonuses than that, and many of them were certainly worthwhile. (Having a sketching application available on your tablet that comes with an accurate stylus right out of the box is pretty great, if you like that sort of thing.)

Samsung did the same thing with the Galaxy Note PRO 12.2, and now it looks like they'll be offering even more bonuses for anyone who picks up a Galaxy S5 when it launches later this year. The difference here, though, is that Samsung is literally offering you so much in this bundle, that you practically get what you paid for in extra content. All told, the total bundle comes in at around $576 of free stuff. There are 15 offers for you to take advantage of.

That's a lot of free stuff. Be it subscriptions, apps, in-game purchases or whatever else, there's no doubt that Samsung is offering you plenty if you decide to pick up the Galaxy S5. I've seen a couple of people suggest, since these offers were revealed, that their consideration for the new smartphone has went up. A friend of mine even told me he plans on buying it, because of all the "free stuff."

I understand the appeal, but I can't help but wonder if they're actually considering the device at all in this purchase plan, or if it's just the draw of free stuff that is pulling them towards the handset. Also, I can't help but wonder how many people will see these deals, buy the phone, redeem the options they want, and then return the phone. After all, most -- if not all -- of the options can still be used on other devices.

That's a lot of work to get free stuff, but when you're at almost $600 worth of goodies, I imagine some folks would put in the effort.

My question to you, though, is whether or not these "free bundles" work to get your attention. Or, even better for the manufacturer, your money. Are you considering the Galaxy S5 now because of the deals, or did the offer just seal the deal? Let me know!

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