Canadian carriers will offer free Gear VR with Galaxy S7 and S7 edge pre-orders until March 10th

Ian Hardy

February 22, 2016 11:43am

Canadian carriers today opened up pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The two flagship devices will be available on March 11, and will start at $399.99 and $499.99, respectively, when bought on contract.

One of the ways Samsung is enticing customers to purchase a new device is by giving them a free gift. Last year, when consumers purchased a GS6, the company gave out a free wireless charger. However, in 2016, it’s all about virtual reality, as Samsung is offering a free Gear VR headset when someone pre-orders a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. The virtual reality device costs about $140 these days.

Those interested in scoring one will have to act fast as the fine print on Bell’s website states, “Offer ends March 7, 2016. Available with new activation or upgrade on a 2-yr term with a Plus plan. Must activate device by April 11, 2016. Allow 10 business days after activation for shipment of Samsung Gear VR.”

Update: Samsung has confirmed to us that the promotion is on until March 10th.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge Hands-on

  • thereasoner

    The VR is a cool device and a lot of fun but those prices….ouch! I saw the American pricing yesterday for, I can’t remember which carrier and it looked as though the launch price down there is actually cheaper for the S7 than it was for the S6!

    Our Canadian dollar sucks balls !

  • Rybone89

    Pretty good deal considering the 6s is $400 on contract.

    • Vito R.

      Unfortunately for Samsung, this is not a 6s. These prices mean disaster for Samsung in Canada. I mean, I’ll still buy one but most people won’t.

      Suggest waiting a few months for them to be $200 off.

    • Mo Dabbas

      Expect contract prices to drop after the first couple of months.

  • Patrick Canlas

    bad news for buying it outright. guess getting the VR doesnt matter anymore.

    • le10017

      yup…this was one of the incentive for me to consider the s7.

    • Patrick Canlas

      bell requires you to activate the plan for 10 days before shipping the VR. the lowest plan from bell is 70 dollars. would worth the VR itself if you buy it separately. telus doesnt allow no term. so im left with rogers or fido to get the s7 edge

    • KiwiBri

      looks like robbers is now saying the promo is for new plans/contracts

    • Patrick Canlas

      can you cancel the plan if you havent used the sim at all? or will you still pay the first month?

    • KiwiBri

      have no idea. But I was thinking, why not buy outright from Virgin?? Wouldnt that qualify, for the free Gear VR? Then get the phone unlocked for carrier of choice..

    • Patrick Canlas

      they dont have the s7 edge. that’s a real bummer for me. 🙁

    • Someones Angry

      Nope … virgin isn’t offering Gear VR I was talking to call center manager tonight. $1000 tax in price tag was kinda ok with the VR (~$180 tax in) as a bonus… Nice of Samsung to segregate their users…. I have $1000 in my hand and they won’t take it even if I throw it at them.

    • Patrick Canlas

      found a way to do it! go to a samsung experience store and do your pre-order over there, the VR will be included!

    • Vidaluz Ortuño Nacho

      Teach me your ways! I can’t seem to do it 🙁 is it a province by province thing? Or do you have a link??

    • Patrick Canlas

      you cant preorder online, you have to physically go to a samsung experience STORE, not the ones from best buy. do the preorder on the store.

    • Vidaluz Ortuño Nacho

      Cool Cool Cool! Thanks I placed my order yesterday 🙂

    • Kevin Branco

      Wondering if you found out price also heard it comes with 128 gig memory card

    • Patrick Canlas

      CAD 1000 for the edge. yep 128GB micro sd included.

    • AppleBerrySandwich

      What’s the full price of a regular S7?

    • rajmohan pailithodi madathil

      is that true, 128 gb included in the box or we have to buy separate ?

    • Kevin Branco

      If you’re in Toronto or west edm mall area you can get it

  • jay

    Don’t think that it is to expensive. The exchange rate is just bad. If the sell the edge for 750$ man I buy it right away but 1000$ is still a bit high. Maybe I ask my boss to adjust my pay to the exchange rate?

  • Ehdrian

    Is there an option to pre-order the S7 or S7 Edge directly from Samsung without all the carrier intervention?

    If i’m willing to but the device outright, I’d like to have the option to get it without the mandatory custom carrier built ROM with all their boatware and branding. Not to mention the carriers are charging a $40-50 service charge to pre-order these devices!

    • Sean-Paul

      Lol ask Apple for the same custom ROM thing and let’s see what happens

    • Ehdrian

      You obviously didn’t read my question. Where does it say anything about Apple? Who cares about Apple? This is a Samsung S7 question. Regardless, if you REALLY want to make this about Apple… your point is moot considering every Apple iOS regardless of carrier is the same.

    • Dennis Deveaux

      Apple DOES let you buy the phone unlocked, and even if they didn’t, there’s no carrier bloat on iPhones.

      This has nothing to do with the whole fiasco of creating special software to bypass a phone’s security.

    • chickeee

      just by a phone from Google

    • Ehdrian

      Is Google selling the S7 directly out of the Google store?

    • chickeee

      No, of course not. But the Note 5 has the same SAMOLED screen without the Touch Wiz etc. so if you want less bloatware and faster OS Upgrades get an Android phone from Google

    • Ehdrian

      Your response has nothing to do with my question, let alone answer it as well. Thank you for your time and recommendation of a completely different device than what I asked about.

      I’m only asking if there is an option to purchase the SAMSUNG S7/S7 Edge without FIDO/ROGERS/TELUS/BELL/FACEBOOK apps pre-installed. I don’t want to talk about the iPhone, Note 5, Nexus 6p/5x or any other phone out there that has nothing to do with this topic!

    • chickeee

      I guess I misunderstood your question which I now think is :Can I buy an unlocked Samsung phone from an auhorized Canadian retailer without the retailer’s software installed? The answer is no. You can buy a phone from Bell for the non contract price and pay the fee for unlocking but it is still a Bell phone (without a contract and can operate with any frequency compatible SIM).

    • Dennis Deveaux

      How does that help if someone wants an S7/S7 Edge to use Gear VR, Samsung Pay (when it launches later this year in Canada), wants a camera with OIS, requires expandable storage, etc?

      Oh wait, it doesn’t.

    • thereasoner

      From my experience no, not right away anyways. I tried to do that myself last year with the GS6 and when I went to Samsungs site to order it I was obligated to pick a carrier in order to get one.

      I ended up getting a great deal on a corperate contract through work. It was easy to unlock but I do have a couple of Telus apps that I ignore. I never did go back to the Samsung site to check at a later time, you may be able to after its been out for a while but you may have better luck using Amazon or Exspansys.

    • Patrick Canlas

      i havent found a way to preorder it without a carrier, so the possibility of getting that Gear VR is looming. i think i’ll just wait at launch day to purchase it.

    • KiwiBri

      me either.
      Would like the S7 as a replacement for the S5 I have, Will have to buy it outright and then also get the Gear VR or a Google Cardboard.. separately.
      Is there a better camera that’s similar to the Gear360?

    • Patrick Canlas

      yeah. gear vr doesnt matter to me anyways. i think ill just pickup one on launch day.

    • Patrick Canlas

      got my preorder on a samsung store! 😀

    • KiwiBri

      For the phone outright?

      At the Samsung store within a bestbuy?

    • Vidaluz Ortuño Nacho

      Wait, did you physically go to the store?? or was it all online?

    • Peggy Lee

      I have pre ordered the s7 at the samsung experience store at sherway garden today. You have to go to the store to place the order in person. The best buy samsung experience shop does not offer the phones to be bought outright and unlocked, but the stand alone samsung experience stores do.

    • Vidaluz Ortuño Nacho

      Thanks! I was able to place my order successfully 🙂

  • cdb

    Horrible incentive. You can buy Google Cardboard to $30.00 or the Viewmaster VR at Bestbuy Canada for $30.00. If it came with the 360 Camera I’d consider the deal.

    • Dennis Deveaux

      *laughs* You REALLY just tried comparing Google Cardboard to Gear VR?

      Google Cardboard is good for what it is, but the experience pales in comparison. The Gear VR has better build quality, wider FOV, more-capable apps, etc. It would be like trying to compare Gear VR to Oculus Rift (or the HTC Vive).

    • MBTechno

      You’re totally right. The Google Cardboard is to the Honda Civic what the Gear VR is to a Lamborghini.

  • districtjack

    Rogers has the pre order on their site but it leads to a dead end….even after calling customer service. Here is a quote from Rogers Web site The Rogers Reservations System is now open for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

    Pretty bad when customer service can’t help either. I guess someone put that up on their Web site a little too soon. Good way to piss off a customer. Or soon to be former customer lol.

    • KiwiBri

      on Twitter they are saying the free VR is for new plan upgrades or contracts.

  • Zul Rizvi

    i skipped note 5 because no sd card slot. i am still using note 3. I am thinking to upgrade to galaxy S7 edge but not sure about it, S series seems smaller and the screen is 5.5 on S7 Edge compared to note series with 5.7 Will switching from Note series to S series be a downgrade specially smaller screen size. Will it be quite noticeable? I just don’t want to regret later going to galaxy s7 edge

    • Patrick Canlas

      if you dont need the s-pen that much, you can go for the s7 edge. that’s what differentiates them i think.

  • Christian

    why cant i pay outright for phone why do they want a contract… they advertise on their site no contract price… but never able to order it… where do i buy it unlocked and without contract?

  • Christian

    why cant i buy it from samsung? unlocked?

    • le10017

      this is annoying for me too. Sammy does its best to copy Apple’s business model, but won’t sell their phones unlocked.

    • jonty

      it can be done. go to a samsung experience store and you can preorder it instore. Im in vancouver. you can pay full price for the phone unlocked + VR headset + 128gb sd card.

    • le10017

      gtfo…..i’ll certainly try. I believe there’s a store in the toronto area. thanks for the post!

    • jonty

      As of this morning (feb 26) samsung experience store has a display model of the s7 and s7 edge. I also learned that on march 20th they will be offering 2 additional colors for the phone.

    • le10017

      i called the toronto experience store. like you said, buying out right inc the VR and 128gb. I’m going this w/e to preorder. I can only hope the other 2 colours are available for preorder. crossing fingers.

    • le10017

      over the w/e..pulled the trigger. I was able to pre-order the silver, but must wait till the 29th. thanks again for the post. i was all set to guy the locked Bell version at full price, no VR, no 128gb card.

    • jonty

      It took me a while to find this deal that’s why i had to come share it with you guys, All these phone providers that force you to take the 2 year deal are ridiculous. That’s awesome! glad I could help, our long quest for the unlocked S7 is over.

  • empathyvirus

    I just pre-ordered a gold S7 edge from the Samsung Experience Store at Sherway Gardens in Toronto. The phone comes unlocked and with not only the Gear VR headset but also a 128 gb micro SD card. It won’t be available until March 28th though. But that’s a “price” I am willing to pay. 🙂

  • Tarek Tawfik

    I missed the deadline. Is there anyway I can still get this promotion? I am a Telus customer

    • Hi Tarek — Best Buy has a promo on now:
      mobilesyrup.com/2016/03/11/best-buy-offering-discounted-gear-vr-for-those-who-missed-s7s7-edge-pre-order-bonus/

      Ian