For an idea of how much money carriers make providing you with service, look at what they're willing to give away to gain a new customer. Consider AT&T. Starting tomorrow, the company will give a free 48-inch Samsung Smart TV to customers that buy a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge on AT&T Next and activate a new wireless line or start DirecTV service.

New AT&T customers are eligible for this deal. So are existing customers that are willing to sign up for DirecTV. If you already have both, you're out of luck, plus non-Next plans are ineligible entirely.

AT&T describes the TV as the LED J5200 model, which currently goes for around $450 on Amazon. The unit comes with Samsung's Smart TV interface, not Android TV.


AT&T Next plans let you make payment installments of 12, 18, or 24 months before becoming eligible for an upgrade. This encourages you to keep swapping devices, keeping the latest and greatest and making AT&T the maximum amount of money. It's arguably a win-win, depending on your priorities. Though what AT&T really wants you to think about is how pretty DirecTV would look on that 48-inch 1080p display.

Press Release

Get a Free 48” Samsung Smart TV when You Buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge on AT&T NextTM

Starting tomorrow, AT&T1 wireless and DIRECTV customers can get a free 48” Samsung Smart TV. To qualify, buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge on AT&T Next, activate a new AT&T wireless line or new DIRECTV service, and submit an online offer claim.2 Plus, earn 1,000 Plenti points with your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge purchase when you first activate the offer on and activate a new a new line of wireless service.3

No April Fool’s Day joke here. With the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge and a new smart TV, you can view the DIRECTV content you want, on the device you prefer, nearly anytime and anywhere.

“We're making wireless and entertainment better together every day," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Entertainment Group.  “Our customers get the benefit of the Galaxy S7 on our fantastic 4G LTE network, plus this great Samsung smart TV for our award-winning DirecTV.”


Here’s how it works:

  • Buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge on AT&T Next
  • Add either AT&T wireless or DIRECTV service – must have both to qualify, one must be new
  • Submit an offer claim and your receipt at
  • Look out for your TV (subject to verification and compliance with Offer Terms)

With DIRECTV package offers starting at $29.99 per month for 12 months (with a 24-month agreement, add’l fees apply)5 and our new AT&T Unlimited Plan6, there’s never been a better time to switch to AT&T. For a limited time, you can get up to $650 in credits to help you switch when you trade-in you current smartphone and buy a new one on AT&T Next.8

For more info, visit


1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

2Ends 4/30/16.  Register at w/in 60 days. Elig. TV svc must be installed, both accts active & phone still on AT&T Next w/ elig. svc (min. 45 days) when TV ships. Wireless: Subj. to Wireless Customer Agmt. Deposit, fees, charges, usage & other restr's apply. TV: Term agmt, add’l fees & restr’s apply. Subj. to change. See for details.

3New Phone Offer: Ends 4/30/2016. Earn 1,000 Plenti points after you activate offer on and then purchase the Samsung Galaxy 7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and activate a new line of qualified postpaid wireless service online or in select AT&T-owned retail stores only, and remain active and in good-standing for 45 days. Must be an existing or new Plenti member and link Plenti account to eligible myAT&T account. Plenti points awarded w/in 3 months.  Eligible Lines of Service: Includes consumer postpaid wireless services only. Smartphones must be activated on a new qualified postpaid line of wireless service (voice & data). Gen. Wireless Svc Terms:  Subject to Wireless Customer Agmt.  Credit approval may be required. Other Monthly Charges/Line: A deposit, activation fee, restocking fee (up to $35), early termination fee (up to $350), other fees, taxes, surcharges, government assessments, and other charges may apply. Pricing, terms and restrictions subject to change and may be modified, discontinued or terminated at any time without notice.  Coverage & svcs not avail everywhere. Other restr’s apply & may result in svc termination.   Visit to learn more.

Plenti is a rewards program. Participation is subject to the Plenti Terms and Conditions. You must fully enroll to become a member and use points. You can enroll at Points have no monetary value and expire after 2 years. Participating partners and offers are subject to change without notice and are subject to geographic availability, location exclusions and additional terms. All rights reserved.

4 Must submit claim within 60 days of buying phone.

5 New residential DIRECTV customers only (equipment lease req’d). Credit approval req’d. Credit card req’d (except MA & PA).  Pro-rated ETF fee (up to $480) and Equipment Non-Return fees apply.

6 Req’s AT&T wireless & DIRECTV. Usage, speed & other restr’s apply.  See for details.

7 Switcher Offer: Ltd time (Ends 6/30/16 in PR). Each line reqs elig. port-in, trade-in, purch. & svc. Min. $10 trade-in credit/promo card (for AT&T products/svc only) + prepaid card (w/in 90 days) for device balance/early term. fee amount less trade-in. Credits valid for 5 mths  & not valid for cash.  Fees, charges and restrictions apply. Details at

FREE TV OFFER.  Offer ends 4/30/16.  Not avail. in U.S.V.I.  Consumer and Individual Responsibility Users only. Eligibility:  Must buy new phone on AT&T Next agmt w/ qual. monthly postpaid wireless svc (voice & data) & have elig. TV svc (U-Verse TV U-Fam or above, or DIRECTV SELECT or above, OPTIMO MÁS or above, or PREFERRED CHOICE™). P.R. customers must agree to sharing of acct info btwn DIRECTV & AT&T.  Wireless or TV svc must be new. Register to redeem TV w/in 60 days of phone purch.  TV svc must be installed, TV & wireless accts must be active & in good standing, & phone must be on AT&T Next agmt when TV is shipped (min. 45 days).  AT&T Next:  Req’s elig. installment agmt & svc. If svc is cancelled, remaining installment agmt balance is due.  Down payment may be req’d. Tax due at sale. FREE TV:  LED J5200 Series Smart TV - 48" Class TV.  Redemption:  Upload proof of purch. & register at w/in 60 days of phone purch. Get TV w/in 6 weeks after meeting eligibility reqmts.  Limits:  1 free TV per elig. tv acct.  Offer may not be combinable with select other discounts, offers, or credits.  Offer details at

Gen. Wireless SVC: Subj. to Wireless Customer Agmt ( Svcs not for resale.  Activ./Upgrade Fee: $20. Deposit: May apply per line.  Device Limits/Exclusions:  Purch. limit applies. Return/Restocking:  Restocking fees of up to $35.   Credit approval, other fees, monthly, overage, other charges, usage, & other restr’s per line apply.  Pricing & terms subj. to change & may be modified or terminated at any time w/out notice. Coverage & svc not avail. everywhere.  You get an off-net (roaming) usage allowance for each svc. If you exceed the allowance, your svc(s) may be restricted or terminated. Other restr’s apply & may result in svc termination.

DIRECTV PACKAGE OFFER:  Ends 7/13/16. Price includes SELECT Package. After 12 mos., then-prevailing rate for base pkg applies (currently $51.99/mo for SELECT) unless canceled or changed by customer prior to end of the promotional period. Some offers may not be available through all channels and in select areas. DIRECTV SVC TERMS:  Subject to Equipment Lease & Customer Agreements. Must maintain a min. base TV pkg of $29.99/mo. Add’l Fees & Terms: Advanced Receiver fee ($15/mo.) req’d for HD DVRs. TiVo service fee ($5/mo.) req’d for TiVo HD DVR from DIRECTV. There is a fee of $7/mo. for each receiver and/or Genie Mini/DIRECTV Ready TV/Device on your account.  $19.95 Handling & Delivery fee may apply. Taxes not included.  Programming, pricing, terms and conditions subject to change at any time.  Visit or call for details.