I believe Samsung would benefits from bringing back developers discount globally. SDP offers virtual tools for us to test our apps, but there’s nothing like testing apps in person with real devices.
As an indie developer, it’s not cost effective to get flagship or latest devices at full price each year even with Samsung’s generous trad-in offers. We need multiple models to test and troubleshoot apps thoroughly. I’ve purchased several used devices from eBay for sole purpose of testings.
Some may have abused developers discount program in the past. One way to prevent it is offer developers discount to active developers only or by their revenues or offer some kind of device leasing program. I’m just throwing ideas out there. The key is to provide developers with real devices at a cost effective way.
Being able to test apps on real devices saves time and improves quality of apps, which translates into sales and happy consumers. A win win for everyone.