Samsung To Wirelessly Kill Remaining Galaxy Note 7 Phones
Next month, Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8, but one of the company’s past failures is continuing to give them trouble. The Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued due to its dangerous habit of exploding. The company issued several recalls and claim that they have retrieved 96 percent of the faulty devices.
In order to make things easier, Samsung offered numerous exchange programs and replacement options. However, some fans of the device continue to use them despite the obvious risks involved. To be fair, the phone did receive strong reviews upon its launch so it is not surprising that some users would be unwilling to get rid of their devices.
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That being said, it appears that Samsung is tired of dealing with the poor press from the phone and has decided to take matters into their own hands. The Korean Herald has reported that starting next month, Samsung will roll out a series of updates that will disable the charging feature on all unreturned Note 7 phones.
This is hardly Samsung’s first attempt to convince Note 7 users to give up their devices. In November of last year, New Zealand users of the Note 7 found that their phones were no longer able to access their country’s cellular networks. It’s clear that Samsung is hoping this next update will finally allow them to move past the Note 7 as they look toward the Galaxy 8’s upcoming launch.
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