Samsung is reportedly disabling their recalled Galaxy Note 7 phones in the United States this week by releasing an update that will prevent the devices from charging. Here’s everything you need to know!
Get ready! An alert went out on Dec. 8 to at least one Galaxy Note 7 owner that stated, “As of December 15th, Samsung will modify the software to prevent the Galaxy Note 7 from charging,” The Verge reports. “The phone will no longer work,” the statement added. So what does that mean?
Well, it’s likely that Note 7s will be disabled across major US carriers, the site says. Samsung actually began placing restrictions on Note 7s in November, preventing the phones from charging past 60% and sending constant pop-ups that urged owners to return their recalled phone.
Samsung has now taken more drastic actions to make customers return their phones. Canadian users will find that their Bluetooth and Wi-Fi features are disabled, along with cell and data service — so basically, the devices are useless.
If you have one, don’t worry — Samsung is allowing Note 7 owners to exchange their phone for another Samsung device, or return it completely. ICYMI, the phones were recalled in mid-September after some of them overheated and caught fire. The company is now cracking down on the recall to keep customers from being put in danger, and the rate is now up to approximately 90%.
Of course, after that fail, the pressure is on for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be a lot better. It’s set to be released in 2017 — we’ll keep you posted.
HollywoodLifers, do you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Tell us if you’re going to trade it in for another phone!