Samsung Covers New Galaxy Payments Until 2016, $100 Bonus For iPhone Trade-ins

We're so used to seeing the wireless wars being fought by T-Mobile and Sprint that we nearly forgot about the actual phone makers having dogs in this fight. Serving as a reminder of that, Samsung announced an aggressive promotion that involves erasing monthly device payments for select Galaxy devices, along with a special bonus for iPhone defectors.

Samsung's offer is that it will cover "all monthly device payments" for the rest of the year (up to $120) if you lease or buy a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 on an installment plan. The deal is even sweeter for iPhone users -- those who pre-register and trade in their iPhone handset towards an eligible Galaxy device will receive an additional $100 in Google Play credit.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

You must be at least 18 years old and live in the U.S., District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico to be eligible for the "Samsung Phone Payments on Us Until 2016" offer. The fine print also reveals that the offer is not valid for AT&T device or at AT&T retail locations. See here (PDF) for the full terms and conditions, along with the mail-in offer form (scroll to the end).

Samsung is trying hard to boost demand for its latest Galaxy devices. The initial reaction to its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets was positive among buyers who embraced the premium design, though several factors have prevent them from reaching their sales potential, including a shortage of Galaxy Edge phones (they're more difficult to produce due to their wraparound screens).

The South Korean handset maker is also feeling the competitive heat from Apple, which just launched its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models with a new (and popular) rose gold color option.