After reading into the offer terms of Samsung’s Gear VR giveaway for S7 pre-orders, which appeared to limit the number of free units to 300,000 in the US, Samsung has reached out to clarify that they’re actually giving away a much greater number.
While the promotion rules do specify that up to 300,000 Gear VR units could be given away as part of the US promotion, a Samsung representative reached out to clarify that this is only part of the story. Those particular rules only govern the stock that will be given away by Samsung directly, which includes pre-orders through the company itself and several cellular carriers.
However, a number of major retailers are not goverend by those rules and have seperate stock to give away. The retailers not falling under Samsung’s own promo terms are Best Buy, Costco, Sprint, and Target. We’ve update our prior article to make this clear (P.S. the pre-order giveaway runs from now until March 18th).
The Samsung representative wasn’t specific as to the actual figure, but said that 300,000 is “only portion of the available units in the promotion in the US,” and “grossly understates” the number of units being given away in total, which includes additional stock in other territories.
All and all, it sounds like Samsung could be giving away upward of 1 million Gear VR units through the promotion which would be a huge increase in the size of the ecosystem (something that Gear VR developers are surely smiling about).