European Nexus 7 unlucky buyers get €30 vouchers from Asus

by: Chris SmithNovember 9, 2012

In case you happen to live in Europe and have recently purchased any Nexus 7 model – and by recently I mean at any time just before October 29, when Google unveiled new Nexus products, updated Nexus 7 models included – then you’re in luck, as Asus is ready to offer a small apology token.

The Nexus 7 maker will reward unlucky buyers that got the Jelly Bean tablet before Google announced new pricing for the 16GB and 32GB Nexus 7 models with €30 (₤25 in the UK) vouchers to spend.

Sure, that might not really make up for the fact that you’d still get “stuck” with either an 8GB or 16GB Nexus 7 instead of being able to get the larger capacity 32G Nexus 7 (whether Wi-Fi or 3G model), but you’d still get to spend that vouchers for additional products.

Unfortunately the vouchers are only good in the Asus stores, and in order to be eligible for them you’d have to prove you purchased your unit either from Google or Asus. You have time until November 30 to request your voucher, which has to be used by December 31, or just in time for the Christmas holiday.

While this isn’t entirely bad news, we have some not-so-good news for U.S. Nexus 7 buyers that are in the same situation. Asus does not have a similar project in place for them, or at least not yet.

Any thoughts on this move from Asus?

  • Vyrlokar

    I ordered my Nexus 7 the day it was made available, in September, and registered it as I got it. How do I get the voucher? it seems that if I had waited to register it, I would have gotten the voucher, and now I’m SOL…

  • Cédric Tremblay

    Is there any reason that this is for Europe only?

    Were the Nexus 7s made available later there, so there’s a smaller gap between the two releases?

    • MasterMuffin

      Don’t know, but every android device maker seems to “like” europeans more than americans (no offense, just pointing out the obvious weird thing). Glad I live in Europe :)

      • Cédric Tremblay

        Just found out that you can get a biggest refund from Google if you bought it between October 14th and 29th.

        • MasterMuffin

          In America(s) too?

      • AndroidBrian


    • Sourav93

      The Nexus 7 was released in Europe a month after in the US. So it makes sense why ASUS is doing this.

    • Guest

      what category did you choose on “register” site? I cannot find nexus 7 :(

  • They should’ve just refunded the difference regardless of where it was purchased. It really isn’t fair for anyone that previously picked up an N7.

    • AndroidBrian

      Not fair? Tech changes rapidly and any purchaser has to bite that bullet if something unexpected comes out right after a purchase. They knew exactly what they paid for and for exactly how much. How is that not fair???? We should do nothing but applaud google for the charrity, not say they should have done more. Because they didnt have to do anything at all.

  • Joachim Nilsson

    That’s very nice of them, but even though I’m not eligible since I live in Sweden, I don’t care. It was worth every single swedish krona to get it, great piece of hardware!

    • louis kurian

      Man, what is the storage capacity of your Nexus 7? I bought an 8GB and initially I thought exactly as you did. And now see 8GB discontinued, dropped prices for 16GB and launched 32GB for unbelievable price! What is happening?? I am from India and I cannot even use Google’s Credit on play store! No external file system mounting as usual. Sad to live with just 8GB, one day apps fill the storage and run out of space :(

  • I bought mine in Sept and was not able to use the credit as I live in Mexico. I guess the same will happen again if they offer credit for the Unluckies…

  • I just registered for the 30€ voucher. But unless Asus releases a dock or some sort of interesting accessory for the N7 then I’ll just buy a cover that costs 20€ and lose 10€ in the process. Still better than nothing.
    And the explanation to why only Europe is concerned may be that we are buying the product for more than Americans. I played 249€ (=$316.5) for something you are paying $249. I don’t know but may be an explanation.

    • what category did you choose on “register” site? I cannot find nexus 7 :(

      • EeePad.

        I’m in France, and here the offer is only good if you bought the N7 at these shops: Auchan, Boulanger, Carrefour, Cora, Darty, Fnac, Leclerc, System U.

        The offer is NOT available if you bought it off the Play Store. Which I did.

  • GreenyO

    Asus sent me an e-mail and they didn’t mention that the device should have been bought only from Google or Asus.

    I think that it may change by countries.