Anyone who is still using a Galaxy Note 7, a small handheld bomb — wait, it’s a smartphone? Our mistake.
Anyway, if you have one still, prepare yourself for not having one in the very near future. After a massive manufacturing defect caused the batteries in hundreds of phones around the world to explode and/or catch fire, Samsung announced this morning that they would be taking further steps to prevent Note 7 owners from continuing to use them.
They already issued a massive recall/refund program, which reportedly cost the company billions of dollars. However, there are apparently a few stubborn stragglers out there who have refused to trade in their potentially deadly device. No worries though, because Samsung has plans to deal with them too — by turning their expensive gadget into a paperweight.
Consumer safety remains our highest priority and we’ve had overwhelming participation in the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program so far, with more than 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 devices returned.
To further increase participation, a software update will be released starting on December 19th and will be distributed within 30 days. This software update will prevent U.S. Galaxy Note7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices.Together with our carrier partners, we will be notifying consumers through multiple touchpoints to encourage any remaining Galaxy Note7 owners to participate in the program and to take advantage of the financial incentives available.
Anyone who has not yet returned their device should immediately power it down and contact their carrier to obtain a refund or exchange, or visit our website at Samsung.com/us/note7recall for more information.
Although we don’t particularly like the “Big Brother” aspect of a company unilaterally deciding what consumers should do with their device, we’re going to side with Samsung on this one. Seriously people, owning a Note 7 could actually kill you if it starts a fire in your house or car. Just pick a different phone!