Still waiting for your free Gear VR? Samsung will give you $100 instead


When the company announced the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at MWC 2016 in February, Samsung included a special bonus where anyone who pre-ordered either device would receive a free virtual reality headset. Including the Gear VR at no extra cost proved to be a smart move as Samsung experienced better-than-expected demand prior to the March 11 release date.

It actually turns out that so many people pre-ordered the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge and forced Samsung to push back the delivery times for free virtual reality headsets. Samsung just doesn’t have enough Gear VR units on its hands to ship to everyone who submitted a claim and was approved.


On Friday, Samsung sent out emails to another wave of eager customers (including myself) expecting to get a free Gear VR in the mail by the end of April. But the virtual reality headsets won’t be arriving for at least another month because of “high level of interest” in the promotion. The email says delivery times have been extended into May while June, July, and August are not off the table. There are that many people who pre-ordered Samsung’s flagship and jumped.

If you’re impatient and don’t want to wait any longer, Samsung has an alternative: give up your place in line and get a $100 credit to use on Samsung’s site. Just go to the promotion’s status page, enter your email, and you can switch from receiving a free Gear VR in weeks or months to immediately getting a $100 credit. Samsung is requiring that your decision is made by April 8, and the $100 credit is only value through July 1.

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.

  • My Galaxy Prime

    Vzw was offering both the Gear S2 and the Gear VR. Thank goodness I chose the Gear S2 because it came today and they sent me the 3G variant instead of the regular

    • Justin_Herrick

      That’s an awesome promotion. I would’ve loved to have picked up a free Gear S2. Given that I have a Google Cardboard viewer and that satisfies my virtual reality interest, a Gear S2 would’ve been awesome.

      • My Galaxy Prime

        I have Google cardboard too and it’s ok but I tried the Gear VR at Best Buy and it completely blows Google’s cardboard out of the water. However, if VR isn’t that important to you, a free Gear S2 is a great offer. I’m totally satisfied with it especially texting from the watch. There aren’t that many apps for the watch so it limits what you can do but it’s still great none the less