Samsung's scheme to convert iPhone users proves too popular

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
The S6 Edge is included in the promotion.

As the weekend began, Samsung unveiled an 'Ultimate Test Drive' promotion - iPhone users in the US have been given the opportunity to try out a Galaxy Note 5, a Galaxy S6 Edge+ or a Galaxy S6 Edge for a month for just $1.

Either the South Korean multinational didn't have enough spare handsets, or there are too many Apple users wanting to make the switch, or both - after just a couple of days the demand has exceeded supply and the scheme has been put on hold.

"Due to the overwhelming demand, we are temporarily out of test drive phones," reads the note on the Ultimate Test Drive site. "Please keep checking back for available phones."

Try before you buy

Through the terms of the original deal, interested users are able to get a month's data plan through Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Spring. You can only register for the trial from an iPhone so Samsung knows you really are keen on giving Android a spin.

You then have a 30-day period to try the phone, and can return it before the end of the month with no questions asked. If you decide to keep it, your credit card gets charged the full price of your chosen handset.

If the experiment really is getting people to make the switch then Samsung is going to want to replenish its stocks as soon as it possibly can - the next batch of iPhones are due to be unveiled by Apple in September.

David Nield
Freelance Contributor

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.