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Get ready for the next generation at Samsung, where you'll get a free voucher when you register for Galaxy Unpacked 2023 in Canada.

Galaxy Unpacked is Samsung's annual event where the latest-generation Galaxy devices are officially unveiled – this year, the event is scheduled for February 1 and the company is expected to launch the new Galaxy S23 lineup.

Registration is free and Samsung typically sends out vouchers via email to those who register for the event – the voucher discount is currently unknown, but Samsung has teased savings of up to $100.00 off, while vouchers from previous events have ranged from $25.00 off (2021) to $100.00 off (2022) various Samsung devices.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2023 is scheduled for February 1 and registration is available online for a limited time.

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    • Does anyone know how much they care about a crack on the back? I dropped my phone (with a case on..) and have like a bullet hole type crack on the back of it. It's an S22U and I'd like to trade up for the S23U. Would they ding me for something like that?
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    • anyone remember what the price of s22 ultra was after trade in of s21 ultra?
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    • The issue for me I guess is that part of the reason I always went with Android is that it was cheaper relatively compared to the iPhone. But now we are almost matching iPhone prices, but we still aren't matching some of the other benefits iPhone gets with those prices, particularly in terms of energy efficiency, unbelievable battery life, long-term software and OS support, build quality, stress free warranty service, etc.

      iOS stinks, but I have to start thinking about whether all those other benefits outweigh iOS and still make it worth it. Or, to think about it in the inverse, do I like Android OS enough to endure worst energy efficiency, lower battery life, fewer years of software updates, etc. just to stick with this OS (given the prices are nearly the same now).

      I can't help looking at an iPhone 8 my folks have and seeing it still performing so well and still getting the latest updates six years later, and still getting good battery life with a 65$ battery replacement done through Apple (less than half the price I paid Samsung) . This is just unheard of in the Android space, and its hard to dismiss it entirely.

      I'm not sure yet if I'll do it, I can't stand the closed nature of iOS, but still. It was easy to forgive those drawbacks of Android knowing they usually cost less. Now though, its harder to overlook the shortcomings when you're charging almost the same prices. At least for me personally, this is how I'm thinking about it.
      +1
      When you’re spending >$1K, Apple is the better choice.
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    • Lol I'm in this exact same boat. I love my note9. The battery life is slipping but other than that, its still as good as when I got it almost 5 years ago.

      I can't stand apple though so I think I'd probably wait another year again if s23u is a bust.
      The issue for me I guess is that part of the reason I always went with Android is that it was cheaper relatively compared to the iPhone. But now we are almost matching iPhone prices, but we still aren't matching some of the other benefits iPhone gets with those prices, particularly in terms of energy efficiency, unbelievable battery life, long-term software and OS support, build quality, stress free warranty service, etc.

      iOS stinks, but I have to start thinking about whether all those other benefits outweigh iOS and still make it worth it. Or, to think about it in the inverse, do I like Android OS enough to endure worst energy efficiency, lower battery life, fewer years of software updates, etc. just to stick with this OS (given the prices are nearly the same now).

      I can't help looking at an iPhone 8 my folks have and seeing it still performing so well and still getting the latest updates six years later, and still getting good battery life with a 65$ battery replacement done through Apple (less than half the price I paid Samsung) . This is just unheard of in the Android space, and its hard to dismiss it entirely.

      I'm not sure yet if I'll do it, I can't stand the closed nature of iOS, but still. It was easy to forgive those drawbacks of Android knowing they usually cost less. Now though, its harder to overlook the shortcomings when you're charging almost the same prices. At least for me personally, this is how I'm thinking about it.
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    • Guys just debloat your Samsung phones and install Nova launcher. I uninstalled over 130 bloatware apps that are impossible to remove by default unless you hook your phone up to a computer and run special software. After debating my phone is way faster with much better battery life. And it never overheats.

      iPhones have their own issues. They lack 120hz screens aside from their top models.
      What phone do you have? I used to debloat till S8 or S9. It doesn't seem its worth it after that. Its pretty good without it.

      Back in the day, I played with customROM that were debloated from "root" (pun intended) - they make little and little difference.
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    • install Nova launcher
      Loved Nova, had Prime for like a decade, but they sold out to a literal metrics/analytics company that farms data sooo.... delete.

      On topic, upgraded to an S20 to get the wide angle lens, don't see myself upgrading until the good zoom shows up in the regular model.
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    • My Note9 is still running strong and although it was the most expensive phone I got (after giving up on the terrible Pixel line of phones), that phone did give me great longevity. I don't know if it's so much about paying a lot for a phone in and of itself, as it is paying a lot for a phone, and not keeping it for a number of years to amortize the cost. Buying a new phone every few years is what I personally avoid doing.

      If I see some improvements on the chipset, I'll take the plunge for a S23U 512GB, and pay the money - but I'll aim to keep it for as long as I kept my Note, so hopefully at least 5 years or so if possible.
      Lol I'm in this exact same boat. I love my note9. The battery life is slipping but other than that, its still as good as when I got it almost 5 years ago.

      I can't stand apple though so I think I'd probably wait another year again if s23u is a bust.
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    • Guys just debloat your Samsung phones and install Nova launcher. I uninstalled over 130 bloatware apps that are impossible to remove by default unless you hook your phone up to a computer and run special software. After debating my phone is way faster with much better battery life. And it never overheats.

      iPhones have their own issues. They lack 120hz screens aside from their top models.
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    • This generation should be a good stop gap as Samsung is rumored to be getting a special For Galaxy SD Gen 2 edition. Only 3 days away!
      Yup that's what I'm waiting for. If this new chip doesn't cut it, then I'm just going to move on to iPhone.

      But I like the Android operating system better so I'm really hoping it does well.
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    • My Note9 is still running strong and although it was the most expensive phone I got (after giving up on the terrible Pixel line of phones), that phone did give me great longevity. I don't know if it's so much about paying a lot for a phone in and of itself, as it is paying a lot for a phone, and not keeping it for a number of years to amortize the cost. Buying a new phone every few years is what I personally avoid doing.

      If I see some improvements on the chipset, I'll take the plunge for a S23U 512GB, and pay the money - but I'll aim to keep it for as long as I kept my Note, so hopefully at least 5 years or so if possible.

      If the chipset is still mediocre like SD8 Gen 1 in the S22 lineup, and obviously I won't touch another Pixel, I might just accept that I have no more decent Android options, and maybe it's time to migrate to an iPhone. For me personally, it's less about the upfront cost and more about the longevity and long-term reliability and support.

      And honestly, now that Android phones have started approaching iPhone pricing, it's getting harder for me to justify sticking with Android when it hasn't match Apple on the other factors in addition to price (such as thermals, battery efficiency, long-term OS support, reliability, and customer service, etc.).

      I tried going back to Google to see if they have improved with the Pixel 7 and I learned that all these years later and Google still hasn't learned how to build a proper functioning phone - had to return it.

      I tried the S22+ and I was unimpressed by SD8 Gen1 - hot, inefficient, and ho-hum battery life. I won't consider a OnePlus, so there's not much else on the Android side.

      If I'm being completely honest, I think if the S23 doesn't fix these issues with the new SD8 Gen2, I'm not waiting any longer - I think I'm just going to give up on Android and get an iPhone.
      This generation should be a good stop gap as Samsung is rumored to be getting a special For Galaxy SD Gen 2 edition. Only 3 days away!
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    • Smartphone sales way down last quarter: https://mobilesyrup.com/2023/01/27/smar ... -2013-idc/

      Don't think it would change the S23 launch price but we might see more sales in the future. Pixel 7 has been on sale multiple times since release.
      The phones are getting too expensive nowadays without giving exciting new features. The only thing that temps me is a folding phone if fold 5 is slimmer.
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    • Premium phones or flagship phones have dropped in sales across the board. The phones that came out in the last 3 years have practically reached a point where upgrading to the next tech is completely useless for the time being unless you are coming from a 5-8 year old phone.

      With inflation and the rising cost of everything and people data plan jumping from one carrier to another. People are just buying good enough phones outright from the last generation mobile device line. The second hand phone market is getting bigger and as more people stop upgrading or getting the latest tech these days. The market is becoming more saturated with phones not selling and they decrease in pricing.

      I can see mobile gamers upgrade their phones as newer mobile games may need compatibility with up-to-date android firmware but thats usually at least 3-4 years apart for mobile games. But if you have a decent computer, you can just run emulators to play mobile games and save the battery/lithium usage on your phone from degrading.

      Just think wisely before jumping on the next bandwagon and save yourself several hundred dollars or more.
      My Note9 is still running strong and although it was the most expensive phone I got (after giving up on the terrible Pixel line of phones), that phone did give me great longevity. I don't know if it's so much about paying a lot for a phone in and of itself, as it is paying a lot for a phone, and not keeping it for a number of years to amortize the cost. Buying a new phone every few years is what I personally avoid doing.

      If I see some improvements on the chipset, I'll take the plunge for a S23U 512GB, and pay the money - but I'll aim to keep it for as long as I kept my Note, so hopefully at least 5 years or so if possible.

      If the chipset is still mediocre like SD8 Gen 1 in the S22 lineup, and obviously I won't touch another Pixel, I might just accept that I have no more decent Android options, and maybe it's time to migrate to an iPhone. For me personally, it's less about the upfront cost and more about the longevity and long-term reliability and support.

      And honestly, now that Android phones have started approaching iPhone pricing, it's getting harder for me to justify sticking with Android when it hasn't match Apple on the other factors in addition to price (such as thermals, battery efficiency, long-term OS support, reliability, and customer service, etc.).

      I tried going back to Google to see if they have improved with the Pixel 7 and I learned that all these years later and Google still hasn't learned how to build a proper functioning phone - had to return it.

      I tried the S22+ and I was unimpressed by SD8 Gen1 - hot, inefficient, and ho-hum battery life. I won't consider a OnePlus, so there's not much else on the Android side.

      If I'm being completely honest, I think if the S23 doesn't fix these issues with the new SD8 Gen2, I'm not waiting any longer - I think I'm just going to give up on Android and get an iPhone.
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    • Premium phones or flagship phones have dropped in sales across the board. The phones that came out in the last 3 years have practically reached a point where upgrading to the next tech is completely useless for the time being unless you are coming from a 5-8 year old phone.

      With inflation and the rising cost of everything and people data plan jumping from one carrier to another. People are just buying good enough phones outright from the last generation mobile device line. The second hand phone market is getting bigger and as more people stop upgrading or getting the latest tech these days. The market is becoming more saturated with phones not selling and they decrease in pricing.

      I can see mobile gamers upgrade their phones as newer mobile games may need compatibility with up-to-date android firmware but thats usually at least 3-4 years apart for mobile games. But if you have a decent computer, you can just run emulators to play mobile games and save the battery/lithium usage on your phone from degrading.

      Just think wisely before jumping on the next bandwagon and save yourself several hundred dollars or more.
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    • My Fold 4 just got a Dec. 1st patch yesterday. I don't remember it being this bad with my S21 Ultra.
      Yes it gets worse and worse with samsung. At one time i remember getting a security update a couple days after the 1st of the month i said to wife wow samsung has been on top of these update but now wow there a couple months behind.
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    • I noticed a substantial loss in my battery capacity the 1st day of the patch. I have been a bit busy but I need to see what's running in the background or causing that. Did this happen to you also?
      I think for most phones including iPhones theres a period of a few days where things are optimized in the background which uses up battery life. I'm not sure if this is an urban legend or something but from my experience it felt like that (iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2, Galaxy S8+, etc.)
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    • Well, my s21 got the Jan 2023 patch a few days ago.
      I noticed a substantial loss in my battery capacity the 1st day of the patch. I have been a bit busy but I need to see what's running in the background or causing that. Did this happen to you also?
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    • Disappointed with Samsung security patch and maintenance updates. Always delayed significantly compared to Apple and Google which rollout around the world at the same time globally.

      Canada is always over a month behind.

      Currently my S22 is sitting on Dec.1 patch, while spouse on Pixel always receives right at the beginning of the month.
      My s20 got the jan patch few days ago, where'd you get the phone from? Whats the model number and current firmware its on?
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    • Smartphone sales way down last quarter: https://mobilesyrup.com/2023/01/27/smar ... -2013-idc/

      Don't think it would change the S23 launch price but we might see more sales in the future. Pixel 7 has been on sale multiple times since release.
      With current mortgage interest, people are easily paying 1000$ more per month for the mortgage if on variable. And that is the after tax money, people just really don’t have any left to spend on phones and etc.
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    • Signed up yesterday and haven't gotten anything... This is pretty frustrating but they're probably filtering for abusers.

      ... I just cracked my screen yesterday on a Note 10+... I've had an incredible run with Samsung (3 phones in 12 years) and looking forward to the S23 Ultra.
      You won't get the voucher immediately. Signing up just guarantees they'll send you one within a day or so of the event.
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    • Signed up yesterday and haven't gotten anything... This is pretty frustrating but they're probably filtering for abusers.

      ... I just cracked my screen yesterday on a Note 10+... I've had an incredible run with Samsung (3 phones in 12 years) and looking forward to the S23 Ultra.
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    • Disappointed with Samsung security patch and maintenance updates. Always delayed significantly compared to Apple and Google which rollout around the world at the same time globally.

      Canada is always over a month behind.

      Currently my S22 is sitting on Dec.1 patch, while spouse on Pixel always receives right at the beginning of the month.
      Well, my s21 got the Jan 2023 patch a few days ago.
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    • Disappointed with Samsung security patch and maintenance updates. Always delayed significantly compared to Apple and Google which rollout around the world at the same time globally.

      Canada is always over a month behind.

      Currently my S22 is sitting on Dec.1 patch, while spouse on Pixel always receives right at the beginning of the month.
      My Fold 4 just got a Dec. 1st patch yesterday. I don't remember it being this bad with my S21 Ultra.
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    • Disappointed with Samsung security patch and maintenance updates. Always delayed significantly compared to Apple and Google which rollout around the world at the same time globally.

      Canada is always over a month behind.

      Currently my S22 is sitting on Dec.1 patch, while spouse on Pixel always receives right at the beginning of the month.
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    • wondering how much they will give a trade value for my Z Flip 3...
      In summary of the 1000 posts in this thread, you don't know what you will get from Samsung for trade-ins that are in good condition until the appraisal is done. What we've learned is that the bonus value was usually honoured, but the actual value of trade-ins was inconsistent and usually the actual value was downgraded for reasons people didn't agree with. I.e. some users said their phone was in perfect condition, but the appraiser found slight burn-in and downgraded the actual value from $300 to zero. When you trade in a broken phone with a base bonus value, that value has usually been honoured by Samsung.
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    • wondering how much they will give a trade value for my Z Flip 3...
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    • @shinku Thanks for the detailed help. I’ll look into options after the event.
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    • I'm with Telus.

      I read some stuff about the firmware change but never got around to doing it. I am on the most recent update for the Fold3 and still no 5G. I can try giving them a call to see if they can help to get the IMEI onto their system.

      In regards to the warranty, I had the extra coverage with Samsung Care which was the promo when I bought the phone. Very quick and efficient process and they actually replaced my broken screen phone with a brand new sealed in the box one instead of fixing it. Had to pay the deductible of course.

      The problem was with the logistics. Getting the phone to them was easy but then getting it back to me in Canada was a total nightmare. I had to end up paying taxes again for the replacement and then Crossborder pickups gave me a form that I have to submit to customs to get the money back. I haven't gotten around to doing that yet, but all in all it was about $250 CAD that I had to pay for the taxes.

      If Covid wasn't an issue I would've just driven down and picked it up myself, but this happened during travel restrictions and border closures, so that was another hassle. I guess what I'm trying to say is if you don't have an amerifriend you can rely on, then logistics for warranty could be a bit of an issue.
      When you contact Telus, tell them your volte and wifi calling is not working along with no 5G but your other phone gets 5G. Then tell them under your IMS Registration it says Not Registered. This keyword will trigger it for the tech as what to do. But there is a chance he might not be aware. If they ask you to test network settings or reset the phone, tell them you did that already and pretend to do it again. Until they add your IMEI the IMS registration will say not registered. Once it says registered you will be all set.

      Thanks
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    • Who is your provider? I'm using s22U bought from US like my previous Samsung phones. After Android 11 I didn't had to contact my carrier to add my IMEI to their database for wifi, VoLTE and 5G to work. Prior to Android 11, I had to contact them.

      Secondly if you want you can easily flash the Canadian firmware on your fold and it will work without any issues. Since it's official firmware it doesn't trip your Knox so you will be able to use all features including any specific security requirements by your work.

      As for the warranty, did you had issues getting your phone repaired in the US? I had to get my s21U fix under warranty couple years ago and it was much nicer experience than dealing with Samsung Canada
      I'm with Telus.

      I read some stuff about the firmware change but never got around to doing it. I am on the most recent update for the Fold3 and still no 5G. I can try giving them a call to see if they can help to get the IMEI onto their system.

      In regards to the warranty, I had the extra coverage with Samsung Care which was the promo when I bought the phone. Very quick and efficient process and they actually replaced my broken screen phone with a brand new sealed in the box one instead of fixing it. Had to pay the deductible of course.

      The problem was with the logistics. Getting the phone to them was easy but then getting it back to me in Canada was a total nightmare. I had to end up paying taxes again for the replacement and then Crossborder pickups gave me a form that I have to submit to customs to get the money back. I haven't gotten around to doing that yet, but all in all it was about $250 CAD that I had to pay for the taxes.

      If Covid wasn't an issue I would've just driven down and picked it up myself, but this happened during travel restrictions and border closures, so that was another hassle. I guess what I'm trying to say is if you don't have an amerifriend you can rely on, then logistics for warranty could be a bit of an issue.
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    • Do you know if there have been any confirmation emails? I haven't received a single thing...
      I have not either. I don't remember anyone confirming that they got one.
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    • Not until the event.
      Do you know if there have been any confirmation emails? I haven't received a single thing...
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    • Has anyone received their voucher? I keep getting emails from freaking Samsung Malaysia to claim my voucher but no emails from Samsung Canada yet smdh.
      Not until the event.
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    • @shinku Does Samsung US ship to Canada?
      https://forums.redflagdeals.com/samsung ... d-2441660/
      (Forgot to add the link)
      This thread has good summary in the OP. Even though it's 2 years old the process is still valid.
      Check slick deals as there will be additional coupons that are going to pop-up and make it even a better deal.

      For example, last year bought the s22U 256, Tab S8+ 128 with keyboard case for $350usd after trading in my s21U.

      There aren't any reshippers which are black listed. Instead for all new phones Samsung's trade in T&C states that there can only be 4 pending trade-ins pet physical address. So if a reshipper has been used for say 4 orders and now there are 4 open trade-in pending, any additional orders will be automatically cancelled until those trade-in are shipped to Samsung. This is usually for the first 90 to 120 days.

      Ps if interested look for reshipper in States with low tax rate. Don't go for the tax free states as more than likely people might have used them already.

      Hope this helps.

      Maybe in cell phone discussion I should start a new thread about buying from Samsung USA :)
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    • According to this article consumers may have the upperhand regarding smartphones...shipments have been declining by 15% so we should be getting good incentives to buy...just be patient..
      https://www.theverge.com/2023/1/26/2357 ... -inflation...

      “Consumers may find even more generous trade-in offers and promotions continuing well into 2023 as the market will think of new methods to drive upgrades and sell more devices, specifically high-end models,” says Anthony Scarsella, research director at IDC."
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    • According to this article consumers may have the upperhand regarding smartphones...shipments have been declining by 15% so we should be getting good incentives to buy...just be patient..
      Your text to link here...
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    • Has anyone received their voucher? I keep getting emails from freaking Samsung Malaysia to claim my voucher but no emails from Samsung Canada yet smdh.
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    • @shinku Does Samsung US ship to Canada?
      No. You'll have to use an Amerifriend or a reshipper that's not blacklisted.
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