Samsung Update Effectively Kills The Note7 – Verizon Ignores It

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

While there remains a few thousand Galaxy Note7 in the wild, Samsung is continuing to make heavy handed efforts to get those recalled devices back in their hands.  Already issuing an update that limits the charging to 60% of capacity, the South Korean company has gone a step further by not allowing the devices to charge at all.  Effectively, this is the kill switch for the device so if you are one of the few who have one, you won’t be able to use it much longer.  The news is not surprising as the company has been trying to get all of the remaining devices in the globally back in their hands.

What is surprising is that Verizon has said they will not roll out the update to their customers.  Uh, what?

Citing safety concerns (ironic) and not wanting to cut customers off during the holidays from their devices, Verizon has said they will not be pushing the update out to the Note7 on their network.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Officially Recalled

While Samsung and carriers here in the United States have been voluntarily recalling the Galaxy Note 7, yesterday the government made it official.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the agency in charge of protecting US consumers from dangerous goods, has officially issued a recall for the nearly 1 million Note 7’s in the country.  The CPSC also makes it very clear that the phones should be powered off, not used, and returned to Samsung or carriers for a replacement or refund.

Consumers should immediately stop using and power down the recalled Galaxy Note7 devices purchased before September 15, 2016.  Contact the wireless carrier, retail outlet or Samsung.com where you purchased your device to receive free of charge a new Galaxy Note7 with a different battery, a refund or a new replacement device.  Go to www.samsung.com for more details.

Despite the warning to not use the phone, reports seemingly come in daily about someone getting hurt from a battery catching fire or property being damaged.  Folks, seriously.  Shut them off and get them back to where you both them immediately.

Samsung has setup an official recall site that has an IMEI search feature which will allow you to see if your Note 7 is impacted by the recall.

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Please, Please, Please Turn Off Your Galaxy Note 7

Folks, seriously.  If you are reading this on your Galaxy Note 7 or have your Note 7 powered up somewhere near you, stop reading right now and shut it down.  For good.

Over the weekend more reports of injuries due to the exploding battery issue in the Note 7, including a 6 year old boy in New York, which at this point just can’t happen any more.  Samsung, the Consumer Product Safety Council and even a few airlines are saying to shut these devices down and get them returned.  Even if you cannot return it right now, power it off, do NOT plug it in to charge and let it sit until you can get it returned.  I appreciate that this may be your only phone (but you can pick up plenty for under $100 on Amazon or even at your local AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon store if you are desperate) but your safety is the key here and these phones have proven to be dangerous.

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Samsung Stops Galaxy Note 7 Sales and Recalls Those Already Sold

Due to 35 reported cases of batteries exploding, Samsung has voluntarily stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7 effectively immediately and are issuing a recall on all those sold.  The European launch of the device has also been delayed.

To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7.

The announcement will be a huge financial blow to the company but clearly is the right thing to do.  Demand for the Note 7 has been high but equally, the cases of battery issues has caused many to pause.  It is good to see the company responding in a proper way.

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