Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Will Become Useless Dec 19
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones have been rendered useless. On Dec 19 the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will no longer be usable as the smartphone maker issues a software update causing any remaining Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones to not function.
The new software will prevent U.S. Galaxy Note 7 phones from charging. This will, of course, result in the phone being useless. Although 93 percent of the phones have been returned, according to Samsung, the remaining seven percent still remain dangerous as they can still pose a serious fire risk.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Will No Longer Be Produced
Samsung made the decision, in October, to end production of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and issued a second recall. This was due to some customers reporting that their phones, which had been replaced, were still catching fire. Customers were complaining that some of the phones were spontaneously combusting while they were being charged. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recall included 1.9 million phones in the United State. Approximately 1,767,000 phones have been returned; however, 133,000 have not yet been returned.
Samsung issued the following statement, “Consumer safety remains our highest priority and we’ve had overwhelming participation in the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program so far.” The statement continued, “To further increase participation, a software update will be released starting on Dec 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.”