Want to try out one of Samsung’s new mobile gadgets, but don’t feel like spending hundreds of dollars on a device you’re not sure you’ll like? No problem. Samsung is launching a 21-day trial program.
There are a few big caveats. First, you’ll need to go to one of 5 US locations to actually get your phone or smartwatch. And you’ll need to provide credit or debit card details — your card will be charged, but you’ll be refunded when you return an undamaged device.
Samsung is pitching the trial program as a way to let people explore their devices without committing to a service contract or shelling out big bucks.
Initially the program will include the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 smartphones and the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches. You can either get a phone and watch, or just one or the other.
When you check out a phone, it’ll come with wireless service, but it won’t be tied to your personal account.
The trial program is launching in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, CA, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Houston, Texas.
Samsung’s new trial program follows T-Mobile’s recent announcement that it would allow potential customers to test its service by borrowing an iPhone 5s for a week, free of charge.