Canadians won't be able to use a Note 7 on any network after December 15
Samsung Canada is following New Zealand's lead by cutting off network access for all unreturned Note 7 devices as of December 15.
The company has announced that although 90% of the approximately 39,000 Note 7s sold through Canadian channels have been returned, the remaining 4,000 or so outstanding units will lose access to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on December 12, along with cellular abilities three days later, on December 15. An update will also include "a limitation on the battery charge," though it's unclear to what percentage. Other markets have limited the Note 7's defective battery to 60% to prevent overheating and expansion.
Samsung implores Canadians holding onto a Note 7 unit to return it as soon as possible:
The company notes that even after the update, Note 7s will still be able to call 9-1-1 for safety reasons.
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2. Outside of a firmware update, how can Samsung block the use of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on a Note 7?