Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users in the U.S. may at some point starting next week be unable to use their phones as the South Korean tech giant looks poised to continue with its latest strategy of disabling the phone’s core services.
Samsung has been issuing warnings to users of the Galaxy Note 7 in several regions across the globe, with some already seeing the company act as promised. It began with New Zealand and went to Australia and just recently, the same story hit North America, but through Canada. According to Samsung, those in the mentioned regions who still own a Galaxy Note 7 will no longer be able to access features such as cellular connectivity as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi services.
When a phone has no ability to connect to any mobile network or even Wi-Fi, it means the handset is basically useless. Well, this is what Samsung wants because some people have been defiant with respect the directive that asked for the phone to be returned for a refund or exchange. While Samsung has not confirmed anything about the case for those in the U.S., at least one U.S. Cellular user has received a warning that says the Galaxy Note 7 will be disabled as from next week.
Unlike other areas where the phone will be denied access to cellular connectivity and other radios, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users in the U.S. will no longer be able to charge the batteries of the phones. In short, the phone will no longer be able to work as from December 15th, at least according to the alert. While none of U.S. Cellular or Samsung has confirmed any of this, it appears that the update could be pushed to all carriers in the country so as to discourage the continued use of the phone.
Samsung has previously limited U.S. variants of the Galaxy Note 7 to a maximum of 60% as far as the battery power is concerned. This meant that users of the phone could not charge it past this mark, still, this was not enough to convince some people to take back the phone. In choosing to disable the charging functionality of the phone, Samsung will have indeed won the battle. With all these measures, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units could finally be removed from the market completely and pave the way for a new Samsung Galaxy S8 that should be released next year.
In the U.S. alone, close to 300,000 units of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 are still out there, but these should be returned as from next week, if at all the latest leak is anything to go by.