Up until now, pre-ordering either the Samsung Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10 Plus would net you a free pair of Galaxy Buds. However, it looks like Samsung ran out of its free wireless earbuds for pre-orders.
Instead of Galaxy Buds, Samsung now offers a $130 eCertificate that can be used towards “select products” on Samsung’s website and the Shop Samsung app. Samsung didn’t say what those products are, but we assume you can spend the $130 on accessories for your Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10 Plus. You could probably also pick up the Galaxy Buds when they go on sale March 8.
It’s not exactly unprecedented — the fine print of the promotion stated that the free Galaxy Buds were available “while supplies last.” That means Samsung likely allotted a certain number of its wireless earbuds for Galaxy S10 pre-orders and that supply ran out.
Either way, the news doesn’t affect those who are eyeing the Galaxy S10e. Pre-orders for that phone did not include a free set of Galaxy Buds, so new pre-orders won’t include the $130 eCertificate. For those folks, they can check out our list of the best true wireless earbuds available that aren’t Apple AirPods.
On a related note, some shipment dates for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus slipped past their March 8 launch. The Prism White Galaxy S10 Plus with 128GB of storage, for example, will ship by March 22. Because of that, don’t be surprised if your Galaxy S10 pre-order doesn’t arrive at your doorstep on launch day.