ST readers rewarded with latest Samsung phone

The 10 winners of the Samsung Note 5 were (from left) Ms Teo Soo Lin, Ms Low Ling Zhi, Ms Shirleen Goh Lay Bee, Mr Eugene Ghe and Mr Winston Lee Chian Yen; (from right) Mr Toh Zan Xiang, Mr Yoong Soong Ooi, Mr Darren Chiam, Mr Boey Kean Hoe and Ms Li
The 10 winners of the Samsung Note 5 were (from left) Ms Teo Soo Lin, Ms Low Ling Zhi, Ms Shirleen Goh Lay Bee, Mr Eugene Ghe and Mr Winston Lee Chian Yen; (from right) Mr Toh Zan Xiang, Mr Yoong Soong Ooi, Mr Darren Chiam, Mr Boey Kean Hoe and Ms Lim Shok Theng. With them were Samsung vice-president Eugene Goh, the master of ceremonies (in blue), and associate news editor Rahul Pathak from The Straits Times.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

It has become an annual tradition for the Ghe family.

Each year, when Samsung releases its latest Galaxy Note smartphone, Mr Eugene Ghe buys it, then passes the previous version to his wife who, in turn, hands hers to their 16-year-old son.

They have all four editions of the Galaxy Note going back to the first model launched in 2011 - and yesterday, the family won Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 5.

"It is a practice we are likely to continue down the road, so we are really happy to be able to get a new one this time," said Mr Ghe, 42, managing director of an analytics firm.

They were among 10 lucky winners of a contest that was part of the Straits Times Appreciates Readers (Star) programme.

The Straits Times and Samsung Singapore invited readers who still had all four editions of the Galaxy Note to apply to win the latest one. Some 600 entries were received.

The first 50 people who had any two of the four devices also could head to the Civic Plaza at Ngee Ann City to get the latest smartphone at half price.

The first person joined the queue as early as 5pm last Friday and the 50th and final person to get the offer arrived at 4am yesterday.

Ms Shirleen Goh, who also won the Galaxy Note 5, kept all four of the older versions for sentimental reasons. "Except for the first, they are all in my favourite pink colour and I still use the oldest one to make video calls from office to check in on my children at home," said the banker, who is in her 40s. "They are all quite precious to me."

Janice Tai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 30, 2015, with the headline 'ST readers rewarded with latest Samsung phone'. Print Edition | Subscribe