Samsung is now offering new schemes to lure prospective buyers to pick up the Galaxy S5 in India. After announcing buyback schemes for existing Galaxy S3 owners and other smartphone users, Samsung’s latest offer includes free pick up and delivery of the phone in case it needs to be taken to the service centre as well as a one-time offer where users will be able to get the display replaced for just Rs 990 for the first time.
Galaxy S5 buyers can call 1800-3000-8282 or 1800-266-8282 to get the phone picked up and dropped to the service centre. Samsung says it will provide a standby handset for the user to use till the time the Galaxy S5 is returned from the service centre. The pickup and drop service is initially available in Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi and NCR, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Cochin, Vizag and Jaipur.
Samsung has also changed its buyback offer, where it now offers Rs 10,000 off on its claimed market operating price of Rs 50,900, which means users can bring in their old smartphone and get the Galaxy S5 for Rs 40,900. However, the Galaxy S5 is already available for under Rs 40,000 with many online retailers without any need to exchange it for an old smartphone.
What’s interesting is the home pick up and drop to service centre and the one-time screen replacement for Rs 990 is applicable to all Galaxy S5 owners who bought it in India and not just for new buyers.
Samsung had launched the Galaxy S5 in India for Rs 51,500, which was deemed to be too expensive and shed more than 20 percent of its launch price in about a month after its launch. Since then, Samsung has tried sweetening the deal by offering buyback schemes and Rs 5,000 discount vouchers for its online store. It remains to be seen whether the new offer leads to increased sales or just provides a sense of relief to existing users who bought the phone at the original launch price.