Best Western Wants to Give You a Free Samsung Galaxy J3 Smartphone

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I received an interesting email today from Best Western titled “Your new phone is calling!”. Of course, I was intrigued and read through the email. Best Western is giving away a free Samsung Galaxy J3 or equivalent (whatever that might be) if you sign up for their newest promotion.

Of course, there are some catches with this promotion and they are not just mailing you a free phone. First, these are the things you have to do:

  • Sign up for the promotion which runs from now until August 31, 2019
  • One Eligible stay between June 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019 (promotion period) at any Best Western in the USA or Canada
  • Offer only valid in the United States

This is was the easy part. Once you have completed your stay, you will receive an email approx 5 days after completing your stay to claim your free phone. To get your free phone you need a valid credit card and have to do the following things

  • pay for shipping and handling
  • pay for the first two months of service: $50/month (regulatory fees and applicable sales taxes are included in the $50.00 per month service fee.)
  • it will take up to one week to receive the phone after claiming it.

Wireless products and services are fulfilled by boom! MOBILE, Inc. You can choose to keep your current number or request a new phone number. This is no contract and you can cancel service after two months. If you do so, you can keep the phone. You can buy multiple phones, if you have multiple stays, according to the Terms and Conditions and as long as supplies last.


At first glance, it seems like a sweet deal but its not. Here is a small list

The Samsung Galaxy J3 is middle class to low-end class. If you already have a phone, it’s almost not worth it to use this offer. Only if you are in a real need of any phone to stay in touch with the world, then this might be an option. But to stay in a hotel, which most likely has a room rate higher than $100/night, just to get the phone is not a good idea. If they would offer a decent phone, like a lower high-end class it would be different. Like offering the Galaxy S9 or S8 instead of the J3. I bet most people don’t even know that there is a Samsung Galaxy J3 as Samsung mostly advertised their S-series and Galaxy Note’s in the U.S.

Original Terms and Conditions as well as frequently asked question of the Galaxy J3 promotion during the writing of this post (June 13, 2019)

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