It has been reported on online technology news portals (e.g. PC Mag) that customers of US cellular networks who are still holding on to the Galaxy Note S7 devices were notified that their phone’s ability to charge will be cut off soon. No, thanks to a software modification update planned by the technology giant. Once the update is up the phone will longer be able to charge and “will no longer work” as a result. According to reports the software modification will go up on December 15.
Samsung declined comment on the issue, but a decline isn’t a denial and there are still Note 7 devices out there that need to go away. If anything, they need to go away so that flight attendants can stop reminding us about “Samsung’s mini bomb” problem.
The Galaxy Note 7 is a smartphone Samsung wants all of us to forget about as if it never existed. This is a device that can explode, after all.
Following a ban by all airlines, a recall program, and a battery charge-limiting update, Samsung will take another, much more final step to stop use of Note S7.
An image shared with The Verge shows an alert sent out to a Note 7 owner in the US stating that their phone will no longer charge as from December 15; a statement provided to The Next Web says December 19 (Ed’s Note: 12/15 is for Europe; 12/19 for the US). In other words, the Note 7 is being permanently disabled.
Samsung wants all Galaxy Note S7 handsets returned, but about 285,000 units of the device are still in the hands of customers. Effectively bricking those phones should at least get some of them back, even if it means upsetting a few people who were happy to continue taking the risk to continue to use it. And it’s not as if Samsung is just asking owners to give up the handset; a replacement phone will be offered.
If you know anyone who has held on to their Note 7, urge them to return it as soon as possible.
Also, Samsung Canada has already announced that it will kill service on remaining Note 7 devices by remotely disabling WiFi, Bluetooth, and the phone’s ability to connect to a wireless network.
It’s time for Nigeria to do the same too.
But does our beloved Nigeria has capacity to do the same? Lets hear your view, in the comment box below.
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