Many of us were assuming that after the Note 7 disaster, Samsung would be retiring the Note brand at least, and there have even been reports that the company planned to abandon the product line altogether. A post on the company’s Korean website, however, suggests that neither is the case.
Reuters noted that the company was not only referencing a Note 8, but also offering a special deal for Note 7 customers who remained loyal to the company by exchanging it for an S7.
Samsung said customers who trade in their Note 7 phone for either a flat-screen or curved-screen version of the Galaxy S7 can trade up for a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 smartphone launching next year through an upgrade program […]
Users in the upgrade program will need to pay only half the price of a Galaxy S7 device, rather than the full amount, before exchanging to the S8 or the Note 8, Samsung said …
So far, the program has only been announced in the company’s home market of Korea, but Reuters said that it may be expanded to other countries.
The company said the availability of such a program in other markets will be dependent on the situation in each country. It did not elaborate.
Samsung was initially slow to respond, but has begun rolling out an airport exchange program for those who turned up at airports to find that they would not be allowed to take their Note 7 on board. The company has already offered up to $100 credit to owners, and Amazon has been refunding accessory purchases.