Samsung may finally be disabling the Note 7 for good
Say goodnight, Gracie.
Apparently, the Verge received an image from a Galaxy Note 7 user on US Cellular today about the fate of the now-deceased Note 7 line. In the photo, a message saying it was from US Cellular states: "AS OF DEC. 15, SAMSUNG WILL MODIFY THE SOFTWARE TO PREVENT THE GALAXY NOTE7 FROM CHARGING. THE PHONE WILL NO LONGER WORK." The message, in all caps so you know they mean business, spells out what many have said would happen — the end of the Note 7.
Having Note 7 phones still in the wild is a liability issue for Samsung and carriers in the US.
While there is no way to determine the validity of the information provided to the Verge, it wouldn't be surprising to see Samsung take more drastic measures to get the last remaining phones out of the hands of the
knuckleheads diehards still clinging to it. New Zealand and Canada have said that they were killing functions up to and including disabling the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios and banning the phone's use on cellular networks. Samsung has also sent out updates across the world to limit battery capacity. These companies are serious and want people to stop using the phone.
We all know how the saga went down. Some Note 7 batteries ruptured and exploded and caused fires. The phone was recalled in September of 2016, and replacements had just started filtering out — and subsequently doing the same thing and burning more stuff — in October. Samsung finally pulled the plug and ate the loss. Most phones have been returned, but Samsung and the people who actually sold them are determined to get them all back or in a landfill somewhere in New Jersey. They know people intransigent enough to keep using a Note 7 would also be the same people who would hold others liable when things take a turn for the worse.
If you're still holding onto a Note 7, for God's sake just turn the damn thing in already.