Verizon is Making it Painful To Keep That Galaxy Note7

If you haven’t figured it out, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 is dangerous, it has been recalled and basically every mobile carrier has thrown a Samsung-built kill switch update that renders the phone useless.  Verizon rolled out an update a couple of weeks ago that prevented the phablet from charging but some Note7 owners never updated to it as they figured out how to get around it.  So, meet Verizon Note7 kill switch 2.

Verizon has begun re-routing calls made from the Note7 to customer service.  This is on every call you make with the exception of 911.  They are serious about you getting that phone back to them.  Oh, and if that isn’t enough to get you to turn in the phone at your local Verizon store, don’t be surprised if you see an $800 charge on an upcoming bill for the phone.  Now to be fair I question how they could get away with this but the point here is that Verizon is making a statement: Turn in your Note7.  Now.

For their part, Samsung is saying that have had 98% of all Note7’s returned at this point globally.  But that leaves the potential of thousands of units still in the wild which pose a health & safety

Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Samsung Galaxy Note7

risk to users and those around them.  Even though the FAA isn’t requiring announcements about the phone on pre-flight announcements on flights, the phone is still banned from being on you or in your luggage.

If you are one of the ones who still has a Note7, it is time to turn it in.  Actually, it’s past time to turn it in.  And if you are on Verizon, well, enjoy those chats with Customer Service.