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Fan Gets Custom Fiery Galaxy S3 From Samsung, Makes Us Very Jealous

Well that’s just not fair. After requesting then being denied a free Galaxy S3 from one of Samsung’s Facebook pages, a Sammy fan has in his possession one of the only custom SGSIII devices ever created. The story goes, a very kind message went out to Samsung along with a drawing of a very cute fire-breathing dragon. Samsung, naturally, had to deny the fan’s request given that if they sent out a free phone to one person, they would have to give free phones to everybody. 

For some reason, the story, along with Samsung’s reply attached with a picture of a kangaroo on a unicycle, went viral on the web. In appreciation of the viral hit, Samsung created a custom SGSIII device for Mr. Shane, incorporating his picture of the dragon. Awe, that’s cute, Samsung.

Either way, we wish we could have one. 🙁

Cheers EvanTheGamer!

  • john from Detroit

    Well I have tried contacting Samsung for help in getting a discount for their devices for children I help with disabilities but got nowhere. I think it’s sad that something I’m doing for free to help children with add and adhd and Samsung doesn’t even return my e mails. My son has these issues and never would I imagined that something as a mobile device would help kids learn and improve. Well Samsung I think it’s sad I’m not asking for free just some kind of discount because your devices are to expensive but because it helps kids with learning I’m put in a position to pay myself with no response from you I think it’s sad you don’t even reply to my messages .

  • Tim Buchanan

    Good Guy Samsung.

  • Kerry Davies

    OK that’s straight up awesome!

  • Br_d

    Reminds me of this:

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  • Chris Clancy

    way to go Samsung… however i am fairly certain Apple already patented free hand drawings of fire breathing dragons

  • Archer

    I want the original attached images!

  • c4v3man

    Quick, now sue them for prior art on the dragon… But be sure to file in Judge Koh’s district…
    $1,000,000,000 publicity stunt!

  • nightscout13

    There’s gotta be more to this story. The back cover of that phone, looks like it’s not the same shape as we have in the USA? Or is that just the way they printed the graphic….

  • I like Samsung as a company and this is a prime example why. They have good morals, ethics and treat people like people! While their competition on the other hand (Apple) doesn’t respect other companies and their inventions and they treat their users as little kids by stripping them the basic right to freedom.

  • hldc1

    Pretty cool thing to do. That dragon is pretty badass.

  • SolipsisticPsychologist

    “That’s not fair” you say? Well aren’t you spoiled. You constantly get sent free demo phones to test out and then send back, plus whatever free swag you get for pimping the readers here with all the crap you advertise, not to mention the check the advertiser sends along with it. Yeah, so not fair you didn’t get a custom S3, you have that guys name, you should write and demand he give you the phone, and regale him with your thoughts on why you are so much more desrving of another free Android phone.

    • guest

      go start your own blog then and try to get free stuff.

    • I’m pretty sure the “not fair” bit of the write up was a bit of sarcasm used to emphasize the author’s wish that they too could be lucky enough to receive a free, custom phone while simultaneously congratulating Shane on his score and not an “Occupy Wall Street” type of “not fair”.

  • +2 respect points samsung, I’m jelly

  • MikeCiggy

    Very cool, they first denied the obvious Samsung fans request, respectably and humorously. After the image went viral and Samsung got some free advertising out of it they rewarded the Samsung fan with a custom present.

    Definitely very cool on the public relations side. +1.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    I bet the guy took the back cover off and put a regular one after he got his free SGSIII

    • Are you kidding? He has a one of a kind version of what is arguably the hottest smart phone on the market today. I’d be disappointed if he didn’t rock that dragon cover proudly.

      • NemaCystX

        If I were a 26 year old sporting a GS3 with that dragon on my back cover I would either try to hide it with a samsung flip cover or replace the back cover, it looks like a kids drawing, but i would have probably drawn worse than that.

        • What are you talking about? That dragon is awesome.

          • NemaCystX

            I am just saying a 26 year old sporting a device in public with friends might be a little embarrassed just sayin is all, I know I would, especially in public at stores and stuff

          • Well I’m a 27 year old and would carry it just hoping for people to ask me “What’s the deal with the dragon?”

  • Man, I wished that would work for me. Although I’m never clever enough to ask with poorly illustrated creatures. +1 Sammie CA. I wish Samsung US would be so cool 🙁 . Also, I’ve received amazing support from Apple too, so both sides of the road are equally good (but no free stuff).

  • Liderc

    Honestly, I’d be kinda pissed to get that fugly drawing on my phone lol. Nice of them to do though.

  • PhillipCun

    I especially like Samsung’s response, “your drawing of the dragon is epic” LOL that’s just awesome.

    • itznfb

      Agreed. That and the fact that they replied with a random animal cartoon in return. Never expected to see a reply like that from a multi billion dollar company.

      • NemaCystX

        Mostly just fan service since he already owned a bunch of Sammy devices. I do too, where’s my free Galaxy S3? lol

  • Nicholassss

    Way awesome. +1 samsung canada.

  • Sven Enterlein

    Congratulations! I am very happy for the lucky guy! This IS a cool dragon

  • Brace yourselves everyone for a huge increase in random doodle posts on Facebook for the near future. Everyone will be trying this idea out hoping they too can “score”.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Will probably never happen again, simply because it already has. Ah well…

  • That is seriously awesome. lol one time thing though and he’s one lucky bastard.

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    • roo5ter

      Burninating the peasants……

      • EvanTheGamer


      • Esteban_Colberto

        This was a 1% dragon? I guess I failed to see him descend from his car elevator to torch the peasants below (ha).

    • Hunter

      He was a dragon-man…..

    • c4v3man

      It looks more like the Cheat dressed up as Trogdor…

  • Guest

    It’s not a Gangnam but Dragon stjyle…hh.

  • MikeSaver

    hah that’s awesome.

  • Jealous.. Not cause he got one for free, but cause his is unique.. My free s3 is just the white regular one.. Course Verizon covered the bill on mine and not samsung directly.. 🙂

    • DrewNusser

      How’d you pull that off?

  • paul_cus

    Perfect example of how awesome social networking can be sometimes. Nice move, Samsung.

    • NemaCystX

      I’d like to see Samsung USA do this

      • EvanTheGamer

        Which is why Samsung is an awesome company and Apple can just suck it. I wish I owned an iLame, just so I can have that dragon burn it to ashes.

        • michael arazan

          I have a pick of andy the android taking a dump and a black apple with a bite taken out of it on the ground behind him. Maybe I should ask them if they’d do this for me too, I’d pay full retail for that sg3 if they could do that.

      • I’d like to see Samsung USA release a proper car mount for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus instead of making us use a Dremel on the GSM dock. I have a feeling we’re both out of luck.

        • MKader17

          I goes you should ask them politely with an attached picture of a dragon.

          • I wonder if Shane would mind if I reused his artwork? It might help get the point across.

        • NemaCystX

          GSM dock works fine with my LTE galaxy nexus with extended battery

          • Hunter

            Mine too, not sure what he is talking about


      • RAZR_FANN

        I’d like to see Apple do this.

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        • George264

          LOL, you kidding? Apple won’t even give out review iPhone units, you think messaging them on facebook would get you anything? Heck, I bet they won’t even give you a 15$ gift card.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Because their a bunch of money grubbing pieces of sh*t. Wish they would just leave Earth and live and contaminate on another planet; no one would miss ’em, except for Apple lovers of course.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Comment has been deleted by an Apple bot.

          • michael arazan

            Apple sent hench-men out to get a test iphone four back when left at a bar. They don’t even give their chinese slaves that build the iphone an iphone why would they give you a free one? They don’t give a shart about their image. Apple is evil, but i’m sure they would give you a phone once you signed your soul over to them, but your soul is only worth a half priced iphone to them.

          • RAZR_FANN

            That’s why I said it. There’s no way in hell Apple would ever do such a thing like this.

        • EvanTheGamer

          I’d like to see Apple burn in hell.

          Oh wait…no I don’t!

    • New_Guy

      One of the best tech stories I’ve heard all year; especially in light of the recent patent wars. This is a well-timed reprieve :).

  • roo5ter

    Didn’t Apple patent the “customized white rectangle with a dragon drawing”? I smell a lawsuit!

    • NemaCystX

      The “Apple/Patent” posts for everything is becoming obnoxious and nauseating

    • no, but they do have a number of patents on marsupials self-balancing on an inflated treaded tube.

    • Drew

      That patent would actually make more sense than the ones Apple filed.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Disliked for mentioning that horrible’s companies name on a Samsung related post. You should be ashamed.


    • nopenopenope

      These “Hey Apple already has a patent on [insert arbitrary thing related to story]! Lawsuit is a coming!” comments are getting really really old

  • Tim Swann

    I’m actuall not jealous to read this, but PISSED. After being utterly disrespected by a Samsung customer service rep on the phone, who when I asked to talk with their manager would not put me through. I am actually glad they have to pay Apple $1B. I don’t agree with the trial outcome, but they aren’t exactly customer-oriented either.

    • NemaCystX

      each customer service rep has a different experience, albeit it shouldn’t be that way but some are jerks, some are nice, and some are extra extra nice when they send you goodies

      • Tim Swann

        this guy was a complete and total douchebag though and if I could have punched him in the face I would have. I was so surprised to be treated the way I was.

        • ds

          you should talk to IRS or INS.. a punch will not be enough..

    • DrewNusser

      Look on the bright side – you could be the guy that got all of his accounts hacked up the … because of the overly-helpful Apple customer service rep. Things could always be worse.

    • Tim Swann

      damn! why is everyone hating with the dislikes? Is it because I am happy they have to pay apple or because I ranted for a min? Don’t get me wrong, the guy got a sick phone, but I basically got slapped in the face.

      • c4v3man

        Let me guess, you’re complaining about the Galaxy Nexus (VZW)?

    • someone!

      cause that makes sense, you get me angry therefore you must suffer $1B…sounds reasonable.


      • Guest

        fair enough. the timing of the phone call…the day after the verdict came down…was probably why I was happy about it.

  • g35

    this has to be a fake….

    • NemaCystX

      its not, and its an old story, about two days old. android police posted this the other day, as did the Verge

      • EvanTheGamer

        Your point?

        • La2da

          He wasn’t replying to you.

          • NemaCystX

            Exactly, I was showing how viable it is. Thank you

    • EvanTheGamer

      Your comment has to be fake.