If you’re still carrying around a Galaxy Note 7, you should return it ASAP. Especially since Samsung has plans to make it completely useless. Samsung on Friday announced that it will be issuing a software update to US Note 7s that will prevent the phone from charging or working as mobile devices.
No word on whether this update will roll out internationally, but it seems likely.
In the months since, Samsung has offered customers financial incentives to exchange their phones and has issued updates in various countries that have made the phones less useful. But even with the the US government banning the phone on aeroplanes (and airlines in other parts of the world following suit), there are still people that have decided to keep their exploding phones.
The good news for the rest of us is that with this update, they won’t have a choice. The phone will essentially be worthless.
Here is Samsung’s complete statement, emphasis ours.
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 per cent 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.