Samsung To Brick Remaining Galaxy Note 7s
Recently we have seen Samsung permanently suspended the production of Galaxy Note 7 because of its explosive nature. There are some serious problems in the factory battery anode and cathode cell contacts which cause the phones to explode. Not only that even we have also seen that Samsung also throwing up extra $100 to encourage people to turn in Samsung phones.
Samsung had also launched a replacement program, to replace the existing Note 7 to the “Safe” ones, however, the so-called “Safe” units of Galaxy Note 7 also started catching fire. Looking after so many issues, the company permanently suspended the production of Galaxy Note 7 as we told earlier.
However, there are still many people who haven’t replaced their phone and are quite happy with it. Samsung had announced a few days ago that “nearly 85% of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices” have been either exchanged with another Samsung handset or have been swapped out as part of the refund program.
It simply means that still, people are using the faulty Samsung Galaxy Note 7. For those users, the south Korean giant Samsung has just introduced the two-pronged plan. The first plan is to release a software update that will prevent the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from charging beyond 60% this is to prevent overheating.
But, hold on what if I say you all that if you are still carrying around a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 then you should return it as soon as possible? Now you all might be thinking that why I am saying this again right. As the South Korean giant Samsung has recently stated that soon it will release a software update through which it will simply disable or brick all the active Galaxy Note 7.
It means that after this update Galaxy Note 7 users will not have any choice. Of course, the phone will essentially be worthless. Here’s what the South Korean giant stated:-
“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”.
However, Verizon is refusing to pass on the update to Note 7’s on its network. And the further statement is here.
“Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note 7 users that do not have another device to switch to.
We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation”.