By now, most have heard about the exploding Galaxy Note 7, a phone that’s gotten a pretty bad rep for catching fire due to some type of design flaw. Fortunately for the company behind the smartphone, Samsung, most people have returned their handset in exchange for a different phone and aren’t at risk for serious injury. However, apparently, some serious risk takers up in Canada still have their Note 7 and don’t plan on giving it up anytime soon. That’s where Samsung comes in.
In a new article published by the company, Samsung Canada says they’ll be disabling all radio connectivity built into the Note 7 starting next week. This means that cellular data, Wi-Fi, and even Bluetooth won’t work any longer.
As part of our commitment to ongoing safety, Samsung Canada would like to make our customers aware of our plans to deactivate service for remaining Note7 devices in the Canadian market. We are pleased with the return and exchange rate of Note7 devices from Canadian consumers, securing close to 90% of the Note7 devices that were brought into the Canadian market.
In addition, Samsung will further decrease the amount of power allowed back into the Note 7. All of these changes, Samsung hopes, will convince current Note 7 owners to switch to a different device and not cause any more injuries or explosions.
So how will Samsung go about making these changes? A new software update which will begin rolling out December 12th to Canadian Note 7 owners will bring most of the changes, while December 15th will be when all changes go into effect. In addition, Samsung is urging current owners to give up their device by December 15th so they don’t lose access to such important functions as Wi-Fi and cellular data.
We strongly urge any customers still using their Note7 to return their device to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange between December 7th and December 15th. We have been in continuous communication with Note7 customers to remind them about the need to return their recalled device and will continue to communicate daily with a push notification about this network deactivation event to ensure they continue to receive adequate notice.
If I were a Canadian with a Note 7, I’d strongly consider returning my phone and switch to a different handset for my own safety. Of course, some of you probably don’t wanna five up all the perks of the Note 7, but you’ve really gotta look at what’s been going on. Do you wanna randomly see smoke coming out of your pocket? No, I didn’t think so.