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How to Claim Your Free Gear VR with Galaxy S8

In case you didn’t know we have some good news for those that pre-ordered the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+. Samsung is giving all buyers a free Gear VR headset with a motion controller. Here’s how to claim your free Samsung Gear VR today.

Last year with the release of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge everyone received a free Gear VR too, but this year is different. Not only is it a newer model, but it comes with a motion controller for an even more immersive experience. Additionally, buyers get a slew of free games and VR apps. This is only for those who pre-ordered.

Read: Best Samsung Galaxy S8 Deals

And while last year Samsung gave them out well past the release date, that isn’t the case for the Galaxy S8. In order to be eligible you must pre-order between March 30th and April 20th 2017 to qualify. Although some carrier stores may extend this deal. Read on for more details, and how to redeem your free gift.

Technically this is what you get when you pre-order the Galaxy S8. Buyers will receive a free Gear VR with Controller plus bonus Oculus content. Not to mention platinum status with Samsung Rewards and Samsung Pay.

Then, for an additional $99, users can get an even better Gear VR experience by getting Samsung’s new premium over-the-ear headphones by AKG and 256GB memory card. This is also a limited time deal, which can be found at the Samsung Promotions website.

How to Claim The Free Gear VR and Controller

Redeeming the free Gear VR with Controller and exclusive Oculus content is extremely easy. In fact, it’s easier than last year because Samsung has an app dedicated to it.

Simply head to Samsungpromotions.com for more details.

Once you receive your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ you just have to fill in an order form with details provided on the receipt. Users will need to locate the “Shop Samsung” app on the phone, or download it from the Google Play Store.

Launch or download the dedicated “Shop Samsung” app and navigate to the “Discover” or “Offers” tab. In here is where you’ll register and redeem the free Gear VR with all Galaxy S8 pre-orders. Look for “REGISTER NOW for the Samsung Infinitely Immersive Offer”. Click there to get started.

Fill out the online form and provide a few details that should be included on your receipt. Information includes the device IMEI number, MAC Address, your name, number, email and physical address. Additionally, you’ll be required to take a picture of your receipt and attach it to the claim form. It only takes a few minutes, and you’re all set. Everything is done inside the app right on your new Galaxy S8. Samsung will not ship to PO boxes.

It looks like Samsung may offer a way to redeem the free headset online too, although we’ve yet to see it. The site mentions that those who use the Shop Samsung app will get 200 reward points for Samsung Pay Rewards absolutely free. Not to mention get platinum status with 4x points.

When To Register For the Free Gear VR?

According to the official terms and conditions report there are specific dates that all buyers must register by. Failing to submit your receipt and information will result in you missing out on this free gift.

  • Purchase period is March 20th – April 20th
  • Offer Claim Form must be submitted between April 10th – May 14th 2017
  • The May 14th date may be extended as long as gift supplies remain available

Other Details

Inside the Shop Samsung app users will have the option to select one of two different gifts. One is the standard free Gear VR with controller and Oculus games. The other is $99 and includes one Gear VR with controller (est. $129.99 value), Oculus Content (est. up to $50 value), one pair of Harman AKG Y50BT black headphones (est. $149.95 value), and a Samsung 256GB MicroSD EVO+ memory card (est. $249.99 value).

Personally for $99 you’ll receive almost $600 worth of stuff, not to mention the 256GB microSD card alone is $249. That’s the best deal, but most will just opt for the outright free Gear VR. No purchase is required inside of the app. The second bundle is optional.

Your free Gear VR with Controller gift may take anywhere from 6-8 weeks to ship from Samsung. Users can head to SamsungPromotions.com at the bottom left to check the status of their gift and delivery. That’s it. Now just sit back and wait for your free gift or the bundle option if you chose that instead. While you’re here, take a look at some of the best Galaxy S8+ cases from our slideshow below.

20 Best Galaxy S8+ Cases

Samsung Suede-like Case

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Samsung Suede-like Case

This year Samsung debuted the Alcantara case. It's a beautiful and durable hard case that's covered in Suede-like material. It looks good, feels incredibly soft and is "stain-resistant" too. Your phone will be safe and stay looking classy. Since it's a fabric the first few days it may shed, but that quickly went away on ours. 

Samsung makes some of the best cases, of course, and this will be no exception. It comes in four different colors and looks pretty unique. Get one for your Galaxy S8+. For whatever reason, most of Samsung's best cases aren't available on their own online shop. If you want one, check out MobileFun.com for all your needs. 

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  1. Jack

    04/20/2017 at 12:45 pm

    It is saying the promo was claimed but it still says it’s review in process?


    • Joshua Laird

      04/20/2017 at 4:33 pm

      I think it takes 24 hours to show up


  2. Joshua Laird

    04/20/2017 at 4:32 pm

    It’s NOT easy to claim… First of all if you pics of the receipt they turn out extremely blurry… I had to learn how to create a PDF which was the only file it would accept. Definitely not easy. I wonder how many people just give up and don’t claim?


  3. Samsung GS8 Owner

    04/21/2017 at 11:38 am

    I registered for the Immersive Bundle ($99) but it never asked for payment. I wonder when and how it asks for payment.


    • Jose

      04/22/2017 at 8:00 am

      Lest every one return f…… phone and.then we see how Samsung feels lol
      Is up to us as consumers to let then go big or let them fall


    • lee

      04/23/2017 at 8:16 am

      Same for me. What a rip-off from a company that I bought 4 generations of phones from.


  4. Eric

    04/21/2017 at 2:01 pm

    The immersive bundle is now sold out. That is absolutely unfair to people who just got their phones today and not a couple days ago.


  5. Julia Medeiros

    04/21/2017 at 3:18 pm

    The website will not take my WI-FI MAC Address – anyone else have that problem?
    I was on hold for 50 minutes with Samsung and gave up and hung up.


    • lee

      04/23/2017 at 8:14 am

      I too spent hours trying to enter Mac address on PC. I loaded the Samsung Shop app and was able to easily submit.


  6. Scott

    04/21/2017 at 8:37 pm

    Thought I pre ordered with us cellular week before,even told the guy that’s why I was pre ordering, he said ok ,and told me to go check out the vr headset while he did the paperwork, then I go in on the 21 to get my phone,and he didn’t pre order,he said he new they would have phones,that’s why he didn’t. Maybe he was just mad because I didn’t buy all the accessories he was trying to sell me,guess I’m out of luck.


  7. Ehm Budd

    04/21/2017 at 9:23 pm

    I got 4/19. Email saying promotion approved by 4/20 @ 9am for my 99$ promotion selection. tried to hit the link from email by internet, [pay, shop snowed nothing but let me get rewards/ platinum deal] relentlessly and would never work. Spent over 10hrs on phone with them to no avail. Tried for 36hours & never worked! Just got a run around ud about servers and problems. When i check status it shows i did out, got approved, says gift processed and gift sent. What does that mean? Do i ah lest get the vr & occulus? Do i get nothing because i opted for the $99 deal? Did I get 99$ deal and hasn’t charred me yet? And why can no one’s answer my questions at Samsung?


  8. Jose

    04/22/2017 at 7:56 am

    Time to return phone
    F……..Samsung just lie about free. And.99 to good to be true
    No.way everything. Is.gone in 2.days
    Anyway in 6 month phone will.be cheap like the 6. And.7. And still can get free vr


    • Chris

      04/24/2017 at 12:57 pm

      The VR with controller is free, and there’s an optional package you can get for an additional $99.


  9. Cynthia

    04/23/2017 at 6:23 am

    First thanks for the clear instructions. When I sent to order the VR they were sold out of the headphones and SD card. Extremely upset.


  10. lee

    04/23/2017 at 8:10 am

    I wanted to opt for the additional 99.00 bundle but was told they were sold out. Only able to get the Gear VR and controller :-(


  11. lee

    04/23/2017 at 8:14 am

    I too spent hours trying to enter Mac address on PC. I loaded the Samsung Shop app and was able to easily submit.


  12. Jim

    04/23/2017 at 10:46 am

    The phone’s release date was 4/21. Even with pre ordering mine won’t arrive until 4/25. People who got their phones on the 21st were told the $99 promotion was sold out. You need the phone information and receipt to register for the promo so how could it be sold out before the release date? Samsung is saying it was a limited supply and sold out quickly. How many did they have in stock, 3? Something doesn’t make sense here and Samsung is making a lot of enemies of their customers. Not good marketing.


  13. Allison Greene

    04/23/2017 at 8:00 pm

    Have you address the purchase date should be on or before 4/20/2017, and you can buy the phone on or after 04/21/2017 in stores, even if pre-ordered? On their promotion web site, you enter the date of purchase in a drop down box, the last date acceptable was 04/20/2017. So, only those ordered directly from Samsung can have this promotions.


  14. Stan

    04/23/2017 at 8:27 pm

    Here is the reason Samsung was sold out before most carrier preorder customers got their phone. The customers that ordered through Samsung was able to buy and reserve their $99 VR bundle on April 10 when the link went live since Samsung had their phone info and receipt in their system.
    Everyone else with carrier preorders had to wait until their phone and receipt was in hand and if you didn’t get your phone on April 19 you didnt have a chance. The $99 Vr bundle sold out early morning on April 20.

    I would like to know how many of the 50,000 units were gone already between April 10 to April 18. Samsung should have waited until everyone had their phones in hand to go live with the promo link say April 22 so everyone could have had a shot. Basically false advertising on their part to run the promo through wireless carriers yet let their Samsung.com orders to be able to buy for 11 days before we had our phones.

    I have 11 days of my Verizon grace period left and if there isn’t a backorder option for the $99 VR bundle deal I will be returning my two S8 plus phones and turning my perfectly working older phone on.


  15. Tim

    04/23/2017 at 8:36 pm

    Samsung always does stuff. They need to give everyone that ordered the S8 a shot at the stuff as incentives. I will be returning mine and waiting to see the new iphone instead


  16. james

    04/24/2017 at 1:42 pm

    very complicated to claim for this BOGUS promotion.


    • mike

      05/01/2017 at 10:43 am

      Actually really simple, just go to shop samsung app from the s8 and take a photo of your receipt showing you purchased the phone.. That’s pretty much it..


  17. frustrated samsung customer

    04/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    it so frustrating and time consuming to claim this promo.



  18. mike

    05/01/2017 at 10:41 am

    Got mine last weekend! Been playing it non stop, I’ve found Drop dead to be my favorite game so far! The new controller is also amazing, as well as we’ve found the screen door effect to be half of what it used to be on the s7, which kind of made us sick.. Great Job Samsung/Oculus! Another home run!


  19. Jake

    07/23/2017 at 1:59 am

    Can you still get a Gear VR if I were to buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 or the Edge right now?


  20. Steven

    08/06/2017 at 12:15 am

    Great post. Very nice. Thank you very much for share this post.


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