Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will receive what is to be its last software update during its short period of existence in the U.S. market.
Announced and released in August 2016, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 did not make it October, with calls from all over the world demanding for the discontinuation of the phone. While Samsung was initially adamant that they could easily take care of the problem through a recall program, things did not go as expected and instead, the problem got even worse. As a result, the South Korean tech giant issued a press release as king all owners of the phone to take it back to the original retailers in exchange for another phone or full refunds.
Given that quite a good number of people had already fallen for this device, especially after it drew some of the best reviews for a Samsung Galaxy Note device during its first days, not everyone has been able to return their Galaxy Note 7 handset as required by the maker of the phone. The phone has been declared hazardous and as such, it shouldn’t be on the market or in use at all costs, at least according to Samsung.
The company has been taking different measurers to urge those who still use this phone to take it back. It started with giving out $100 incentives to those who exchange the Note 7 with another Samsung Galaxy phone and when this ceased working, the tech giant started throttling the phone’s battery, limiting it at just 60%. Despite how stringent this measure seemed, it did not convince about 10% of the American owners of the phone to take it back.
Now, in a move that is aimed at killing off the phone for good, Samsung, in conjunction with local mobile carriers that include T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T, is set to roll out an update that will stop the Galaxy Note 7 from charging. In addition, the update will also render the device useless (assuming it still has enough battery juice) by cutting off any cellular, Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth connectivity.
T-Mobile will lead the way with the update, giving you just about enough time to do away with your Christmas celebrations by rolling it out starting December 27. Next in line will be AT&T, starting the update from January 5 while Sprint will come in last on January 8. An initial leak from a U.S. Cellular user had claimed that the carrier will effect this update as from December 15, but unlike the other carriers, there is no official confirmation just yet.
Verizon Wireless, on the other hand, has a different approach to this, saying that it will not be taking part in the entire process of killing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the country. Whether the Big Red will change its mind at some point in future is still unknown, but it is expected since the phone can’t be trusted in any way.