Earlier today reports surfaced revealing Google’s new Glass try-and-buy program. It was first discovered by a Reddit user named clide, and basically came in the form of an email that offered to let a potential customer try Glass and various frames for free. Google was simply shipping a box of units and accessories to interest parties, provided potential consumers dropped a $50 deposit and returned the materials within 10 days. The original email said interested parties could call 855-9GLASS9 to get started.
So, we gave the number a ring.
A customer service representative on the other end asked how he could help me. I inquired about the program, and he said that Google was allowing some people with codes to order a box of goods to try out Google Glass “dummy units” before making a decision on whether or not to buy a pair.
Each box contains all of the Google Glass colors and the Titanium collection of frames and shades. I asked about a report from GoogleGlassFans that claimed the units were actually defective or had purposefully-ruined USB ports, though the representative was not able to clarify those claims and said they were simply dummy units.
TechnoBuffalo was told the Google Glass try-and-buy program is currently on hold, though it’s unclear why, but may start up again in the future. The idea was to get Google Glass and the various accessories in the hands of potential buyers who might not otherwise be able to experience Glass. It’s unclear when the try-and-buy initiative will start up again, if ever, though Google did just recently open up orders to everyone in the U.S., so everyone had the opportunity to at least buy a pair.
Here’s a look at the original email that was making the rounds: