It appears that technology giant Samsung is handing out free Galaxy S smartphones to iPhone 4 owners frustrated by reception problems. An account on Twitter called @samsungukmobile is contacting people who've tweeted about their difficulties with the handset, asking them to submit their contact details to receive a free handset.

One of those offered a handset was Tiffany Nieuwland, who told Wired: "My iPhone and I have been inseparable for almost a month now, tomorrow being one month since the iPhone OS 4 launched. But the honeymoon period ended this week as repeated dropped calls, and a sudden unexplainable inability to make or receive calls or send texts left me disgruntled.

"So I did what anyone else would do: I vented my frustration on Twitter. Imagine my surprise, then, when this morning I am tweeted by Samsung offering me a free Galaxy S, their latest phone.  Too good to be true? I decided to investigate.

"I called a friend at Samsung, and though she was initially sceptical, it has now been confirmed: the campaign is legit. Samsung is so confident about the superiority of the Galaxy S that they’re sending free ones to existing iPhone customers so they can decide for themselves."

It's an interesting and unconventional approach to marketing the device, which is powered by Android 2.1 and features a whopping great big 4.0-inch AMOLED display. It's entirely possible that Samsung has taken a gamble that getting a few of the devices out in the wild, so that people can see and play with them, will be worth the initial outlay in terms of the effect they'll have on sales.

Tiffany added: "I’ve been waiting for an excuse to try out an Android for months, but it is yet to be seen if I can be persuaded to stray." Would you convert to Android if the phone was offered up free? Tell us in the comments.

Update: We've got official word from Samsung that this is legitimate. A spokesperson for the company told us: "Recently there has been a real increase in online activity from consumers dissatisfied with some of our competitors’ products. We decided to contact a cross section of individuals to offer them a free Samsung Galaxy S as a replacement, as we’re confident that once people have the phone in their hands, they’ll see how impressive it is for themselves."

Full disclosure: Tiffany Nieuwland is an employee of Condé Nast who works in digital marketing.


  1. Yes I would. In fact, as an android user since the day of release I would not use an iPhone if they paid me!  

    Jul 23rd 2010
  2. nice try of Samsung to answer for Apple's videos about reception issues!)

    But i guess that statistics will be very tiny for such switches  

    Jul 23rd 2010
  3. I work in Sports Marketing and was pushed into the iphone reluctantly. Worst phone I've had. Stuck with expensive MP3 player and no phone for 18 months! Thanks Mr Jobs. Health bills must be expensive so as long as you're all right jack.  

    Gregg Turner
    Jul 23rd 2010
  4. Now if only Samsung would be so generous to the i8910 owners. I'd swap my 'forgotten phone' for an S in a heartbeat.  

    Tim Cooper
    Jul 23rd 2010
  5. I would definitely consider it had an iphone for the last 3 years but im a little dissapointed with the 4 so I would love to try an android phone I just havent done so because if it doesnt do the things I need it to do I would be stuck with it for 18 months.  

    Jul 23rd 2010
  6. Cool promotion. You probably have to sign a 2 year contract though. I'll stick with my iPhone anyway. Problems and all, it's worked a LOT better than any Android phone I've ever tried.  

    Jul 23rd 2010
  7. Convert ? Don't know, give me one and make me dream xD  

    Jul 23rd 2010
  8. i like how samsung's cross section of users includes someone who works for a major magazine publisher  

    Jul 23rd 2010
  9. I'm not an I-Phone user but if they want to give me one I wouldn't turn it down.  

    G McGinnis
    Jul 23rd 2010
  10. How do I get mine. My iPhone didn't work on ATT for 3 years and my business suffered. I would take a Samsung Vibrant in a heartbeat for free and never look back.  

    Jul 23rd 2010
  11. Does it sync with iTunes?  

    Jul 23rd 2010
  12. lol free phone, why not.
    Sell on ebay get a few hundred bucks.  

    Jul 23rd 2010
  13. I love my iPhone and won't look back!! No issues here...  

    Jul 23rd 2010
  14. Engadget got you - enjoy the traffic ...  

    Alex Norcliffe
    Jul 23rd 2010
  15. Damn, I should have waited. I bailed from ATT/iPhone a month ago due to dropped calls and bad reception!


    Rooted my Dinc last night.  

    Rig Daddy
    Jul 23rd 2010

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