Samsung offering iPhone owners a Galaxy Note 5 to 'Test Drive' for 30 days [Update]

Update: Due to "overwhelming" demand, Samsung has run out of Test Drive phones to loan out. The company is now working to have more available for trial. A Samsung spokesperson had this to say:

The response to Samsung's Ultimate Test Drive has been overwhelming and exceeded our expectations. We are excited to see how many people are eager to try something new. In just a few hours, all of the kits earmarked for this program were reserved by customers looking to try our latest and greatest devices. We're now working quickly on how to make the Ultimate Test Drive available to even more people.

Original story: With in-store sales of Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ kicking off, the vendor has launched a new promotion called the "Ultimate Test Drive" aimed at getting iPhone owners to switch over to a Galaxy phone. Through this promotion — limited to U.S. residents — Samsung will be giving out a Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+ or Galaxy S6 edge (sorry, no standard GS6) to use completely free, including cellular service, for 30 days. (Sound familiar?)

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The process of getting in on the Test Drive is pretty simple — just head to Samsung's promotions site from Safari on an iPhone, tell it which phone you want to try, which carrier you use, and with a $1 "processing fee" you'll have a phone shipped to you. There will even be a "smart switch" cable in the box to help you in getting data over to the new phone.

The shiny new Note 5 or S6 edge+ is yours to use for 30 days, without any obligation — naturally Samsung is just hoping you'll love the experience so much that your next phone may be a Note 5 or S6 edge+. After the 30-day trial is finished, you'll get a grace period of five days to return either handset using the shipping label provided by Samsung. Failing to do so will incur a charge of $820 (in the case of the S6 edge+) on your credit card, which is the full retail value of the handset. For all other damages, including a cracked screen, scratches or scruffs and any water-related damage, Samsung will charge $100 on your card.

You can find more details on the promo page at the link below, and read all the terms and conditions behind the offer here.

Update 2: As it turns out, Samsung is offering some extra incentive for those who decide to purchase. Buyers will receive $100 in Google Play credit, along with an extra $100 in trade-in value if they turn over their old phone to their carrier or retailer.

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