Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall: Free Gear VR Offered to Customers in India

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall: Free Gear VR Offered to Customers in India

To compensate those who pre-booked the Galaxy Note 7 in India for the already announced delay in shipments due its worldwide recall, Samsung has announced it will be bundling the new Gear VR headset for free with the headset when it finally ships.

Customers who pre-booked the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will also get a $50 (roughly Rs. 3,300) Oculus content voucher. The South Korean consumer electronics giant has updated its pre-book information page with the information.

To recall, customers who pre-booked the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 were initially offered the new Gear VR headset with a discount as their pre-booking incentive. Priced at Rs. 7,290, pre-booking customers were offered a discounted price of Rs. 1,990.

Early this month, soon after reports started coming in of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones exploding, Samsung announced it was delaying sales until it discovered the cause of the issue. The company later identified a battery fault in some units to be the cause of the fire hazard.

The global recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which involves roughly 2.5 million already shipped devices, is estimated to cost the company nearly $1 billion. Of course, this is a measly fraction of the company's projected income for the year, and some costs are expected to be borne by the offending battery affiliate - Samsung SDI.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was launched in India at Rs. 59,990, and was due to become available from September 2. The variant due to launch in India was a dual-SIM one.

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Abhinav Lal Abhinav Lal is the News Editor for Gadgets 360 and has been tracking tech news for over a decade now. He is interested in all things tech and has written extensively about the smartphone industry in India and around the world. Write to him at More
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