Just last week, word got out that Samsung would be rolling out a software update to the Galaxy Note 7 that would block all radios (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, etc) and charging abilities within the phone. Three major US carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint – all vowed support for the update, however Verizon controversially announced that they wouldn’t roll out the update due to the carrier believing many customers likely don’t have a secondary device to switch to. They also didn’t wanna take part in the roll out because it would block all communications between not only friends and colleagues but family members and emergency services in important cases, especially during the holidays. However,
However, as per their support page for software updates headed to the Note 7, Verizon has announced their participation in the roll out of the software that will turn all Note 7s into paperweights. Their statement reads as follows:
Samsung will be releasing a Note7 software update on December 19. This update prevents the device from charging and eliminates the ability for it to work as a mobile device.
Verizon will not be pushing this software update to your device until January 5, 2017. We want to make sure you can contact family, first responders, and emergency medical professionals during the holiday travel season.
However, we urge you to stop using your Note7, upgrade it to another device, and return the Note7 to us.
As you can see, Verizon will wait until after the holidays to roll out the Note 7 bricking update so current users can still contact loved ones in emergencies. However, the carrier still urges everyone to make the switch from this handset to another, something MBEDDED strongly stands behind.
Why Verizon is changing their mind now is anyone’s guess. At first, the Note 7 update seemed a bit harsh which may be why the Big Red Check hesitant, but it was assumed effective nevertheless by the public since customers wouldn’t be able to use the device any longer and they’d be forced to swap out their phone. Still, it’s interesting to see the carrier change their mind after waiting six whole days.
For reference, AT&T will begin rolling out the update on the same day as Verizon, Sprint will start January 8th, and T-Mobile will be the earliest to do so on December 27th. Samsung will roll the software out themselves this Monday, December 19th.