After a series of warning from Samsung regarding the dangerous status of the Galaxy Note 7, the company has finally started rolling out a kill switch that will render the device completely dead.
This past week, T-Mobile started issuing an update that meant Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users will never be able to use their phones forever. The company had already warned that this was coming and it finally came. Once the update is installed, Galaxy Note 7 devices will no longer be able to charge. Users are also notified that they should take back the phone to the original seller immediately they try to plug it into a power source.
While the few who still own the banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will not be impressed with this update, all Samsung is doing is trying to look after you. This phone has been rendered hazardous and unfit for human use, but due to its gorgeous looks and excellent performance, some have been resistant and defiant and they still hold onto the phone.
If you are still using the Note 7 on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint, your treat is also on the way. While the Big Red and AT&T will be issuing the kill switch update starting January 5, which is this week Thursday, the last to issue the update will be Sprint, starting January 8. Verizon had initially declined to follow the order by Samsung that all Galaxy Note 7 be updated with the kill switch. But the company later turned around and issued an update stating that the process of killing the phone will commence on January 5.
Samsung had noted that more than 93% of all Galaxy Note 7 handsets sold in the U.S. had been returned as instructed, but the few who were still stubborn will be facing the company’s wrath. The company rolled out an update that capped the phone’s battery at 60%, but this wasn’t enough to convince users of the phone to take it back to stores. With the latest move, Note 7 users in the U.S. will have no option but to take it back to where they bought it for a refund or exchange.