Mar 03 AT 3:12 PM Dustin Earley 13 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch with over $500 in premium content

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the gift that keeps on giving. Anyone who buys the Galaxy S5 this April will be treated to a handful of premium content that includes game credits, newspaper subscriptions, cloud storage and more.

Hardware manufacturers partnering with content providers and app developers to offer free or subsidized services is nothing new. But Samsung is clearly upping the ante here. Between the apps and app subscriptions S5 owners will have access to, consumers will be treated to some $500 worth of software and services. According to the Samsung Galaxy Gifts website, the list of “long-term subscriptions and premium services” includes:

  • Runkeeper: 1-year premium subscription ($20 value)
  • Lark: 1-year premium subscription ($36 value)
  • Skimple: 6-month premium subscription ($42 value)
  • Map My Fitness: 6-month premium subscription ($36 value)
  • Wall Street Journal: 6-month subscription ($160 value)
  • Bloomberg Businessweek+: 1-year subscription ($30 value)
  • Paypal: $50 in special offers when buying from your favorite stores using Paypal
  • LinkedIn: 3-month premium subscription ($75 value)
  • Blurb: $5 coupon to create your own book
  • EasilyDo Pro: Free download ($5 value)
  • Cut the Rope 2: $10 of in-game credit
  • Flick Dat: Free download ($2 value)
  • Box: 50GB extra storage for 6 months ($60 value)
  • Bitcasa: 1TB extra storage for 3 months ($30 value)
  • Evernote: 3-month premium subscription ($15 value)

Whether or not Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts promotion will sway any consumers on the fence remains to be seen. But we imagine those who were already set on purchasing the Galaxy S5 will be excited. The free WSJ subscription and Box storage alone look enticing to us. Although we do wish the subscriptions would be longer. See anything in the list that interests you?

Via: Phandroid

Source: Samsung

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • JQuest81

    Galaxy gifts (i.e. bloatware).. Nice gesture and all and I will for sure take advantage of some these, but I hope these are optional installs on setup. Though the Box subscription looks enticing to me, even if I would rather have my dropbox sub re-upped… But hey, beggars can’t be choosy. Lol

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  • QDOG8

    My thoughts exactly. I hope all these apps aren’t pre-installed, or else that’s a lot of unnecessary bloatware!

  • mike

    bunch of garbage

  • GE918

    Nope,I’m still in love with my Note 3!

  • BratpPAQ

    According to reports, only 50‰ of the 16GB is usable storage, now you know why.

  • SGB101

    It’s only worth $500 if you actually want or need it? If not it’s bloat with a ‘limited’ value.

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  • hp420

    I already have a one year subscription to WSJ and box, both free. While what they offer here is a great list, I wouldn’t ever buy a Galaxy device with so many better options for my needs like the Nexus and Xperia devices.

  • Lewis

    Is that why the back of the phone looks so…odd? They cut costs in production to give us $500 of apps/in-app purchases?

  • rashad360

    So we basically have the ‘gift’ of trial period bloatware? Samsung obviously intends to hook people in to these services, I bet Samsung makes money by “referring” us to continue the subscription to WSJ, Runkeeper, etc.

    No thank you.

  • Steve

    I would take 500 bucks in pay pal because I am not interested in anything else, or 500 at the play store. I will be checking out the latest phones before going s5 for sure and pick what I like best. The M8, G2, Z2, and Note 4 are the future also

  • Agret

    They say “$500 premium content” – All I see is a massive list of bloatware that’s going to come pre-installed.