Samsung refutes Note 7 'remote deactivation' reports
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall saga has been gathering pace in recent days. One of the reports doing the rounds over the weekend pointed to the possibility of Samsung remotely disabling devices affected by the battery issue causing some handsets to catch fire or explode. The story goes that one French Note 7 owner on Reddit was told that every "recalled" Note 7 would be remotely deactivated by Samsung after September 30, thus ensuring that no potentially dangerous handsets could be used after this date.
However the firm's official line is that this isn't happening. We've reached out to Samsung and been told that this is not something the company has stated, and that all official guidance will be published on its website.
In a fast-moving story like this, it's easy for inaccurate info to quickly spread. True, the remote deactivation of defective phones would've been a sure-fire way to prevent any more incidents like the recent report from New York where a young boy was injured by a combusting Note 7. But it now appears a mass-deactivation is not happening anytime soon.
For more background on the Note 7 recall, hit up our guide to everything you need to know.
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The page is from the fearfulflag.com domain...
With a sealed non-user replaceable battery it becomes a 'Blanket failure'
Recalls happen all the time from and no industry is safe from it car, food, toy the list goes on. Things happen
when your mass producing millions of devices a day. when a product reaches the consumer and a fault has been brought to your attention you do your best to rectify the wrong. Samsung acted quickly and if everyone just listen all future harm can be avoided.
This board has taken first place for conspiracy theory in my book....lmao.
I may just wait it out and see what they bring to the dinner table before I get another Note 7.
First of all, I have the option for refund or replacement. My point was if they release the next Note series 6 months later, why get the Note 7 again?
They didn't seem too bothered about me using my note 7 until then.