It's time. After more than four months, the world's largest smartphone manufacturer is ready to reveal the exact reason that the Galaxy Note7 -- its most advanced smartphone ever, and the year's strongest competitor to Apple's iPhone 7 -- was recalled.
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If you've caught a domestic or international flight any time over the last few months, you would have heard a pilot or cabin crew make an announcement about the Galaxy Note7 -- specifically about how you're not allowed to have one of the potentially explosive devices on a plane.
Now that over 95 per cent of Note7s have been returned to Samsung in Australia -- with just over 2000 devices left unaccounted for -- it's hoping that Australia's airline safety watchdog will follow the US in removing the mandate for carriers to keep on reminding us about the Note7 every damn time we sit down on a plane.
Virtual reality finally arrived. Self-driving cars started wandering streets and past red lights. SpaceX aborted a rocket launch four times within a week. Samsung started strong with the Galaxy S7 and finished with the Note7 nuking itself into orbit while you slept.
We had new graphics cards, and most of them were pretty damn good. Consoles broke the mould by releasing new hardware mid-cycle and becoming more like PCs than ever before. And, unsurprisingly, we found out once again that Einstein really knew his shit.
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This is it. This is the final agonising throe in the the Samsung Galaxy Note7's long and painful death. Samsung is taking the again-unprecedented step of cutting every Galaxy Note7 off from accessing Australia's mobile phone carrier networks.
Samsung's Galaxy Note7 fiasco continues. After recalling faulty devices, pushing battery-limiting software updates, issuing replacements, then recalling all Galaxy Note7s and halting production entirely, the company is doubling down on limiting the explosive potential of any Note7 still in the hands of a customer.
We have a public service announcement for you: if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note7, return it.
If you don't, you're an idiot. If you don't return it and you try and get on a plane in Australia, you are breaking a whole lot of airline regulations. Samsung doesn't want that to happen. Samsung will literally swap your phone at the airport to make sure you give it in.
Samsung's worldwide sales and production halt of the Galaxy Note7 has been rubber-stamped by the company's Australian arm. Samsung Australia has just announced that it will voluntarily recall all Galaxy Note7 phones -- both original units and replacement devices.
Citing an unnamed source, South Korean new agency Yonhap reports that Samsung has temporarily suspended production of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. In the last week, at least three replacement Note 7s have reportedly caught fire, leading AT&T and T-Mobile to suspend their replacement programs for the phone.
Two of America's largest wireless providers suspended their replacement programs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 this weekend following reports of "safe" replacement phones igniting. In separate statements, AT&T and T-Mobile announced on Sunday that they would continue to accept Note 7s to be exchanged but would only replace them with other devices.
Opinion: Talk about adding insult to injury. Consumer advocacy group Choice has piled one of its Shonky awards on Samsung's Galaxy Note7, and isn't pulling any punches in what it says is "an extreme pocket warmer with a nasty tendency to catch fire." That, and some more colourful language, is punishment for Samsung's apparently "fiasco"-grade handling of its Note7 recall in Australia, but there's some serious dirty laundry being aired by Choice with this particular Shonky.
After recent mass recalls of the Galaxy Note7 in response to a manufacturing fault causing battery fires, Samsung has confirmed (safe) replacement stock will be available from today -- along with software updates to the original recalled devices to limit the battery to 60 per cent.
Here's what you need to do if you're a Note7 owner.
If you have a Galaxy Note7, and still haven't switched off and taken it back, do it. Not only is it at risk of catching fire, as of next week Samsung will begin rolling out a software upgrade that will limit the battery to 2,100 mAh of its 3,500 mAh capacity.
This is in an effort to protect you from your phone catching fire. I don't mean to overstate the point at all, but if you have a Samsung Galaxy Note7 your phone can catch fire. Seriously, just switch it off and take it back.
Following one Aussie customer reporting their Galaxy Note7 catching fire on social media, Samsung has confirmed that it has received two reports from local users of their devices being damaged by defective battery cells.
Customers are being now advised of the recall through push notification to their Note7 smartphones as well as traditional methods through the phone's retailers and telco operators, with Samsung taking every step possible to make owners aware of the situation.
After just a few days of deliberating and organising, Samsung has issued an official local recall for the Galaxy Note7 in Australia, following the announcement of a worldwide halt on sales and a worldwide recall. Owners are being advised to switch off their phones and return them to where they were purchased -- and to use a courtesy temporary replacement provided by Samsung.
As part of Samsung's worldwide recall affecting over a million Galaxy Note7 smartphones, every owner of a Note7 in Australia -- even if they bought the phone overseas or online -- will be contacted proactively to arrange their choice of a replacement phone, a full refund, or an expert repair. No battery fire incidents have been reported in Australia, but the company is taking unprecedented steps to address any potential issue to keep customers happy.
At a press conference in Seoul, Samsung has confirmed that it will recall around a million Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones that have been sold to consumers and shipped to retailers around the world. 50,000 Galaxy Note7 owners in Australia -- will join a massive recall conducted over potential battery fire risks.
With a full recall from Samsung expected to be announced imminently, Australian retailers are pulling the Galaxy Note7 from shelves. "Sales of the Galaxy Note 7 have been paused while we investigate," Samsung has confirmed to Gizmodo, referring to reports of the handsets catching fire.
JB Hi-Fi, Dick Smith, Optus, Telstra and Vodafone have all removed the phone from sale whilst they await further news from Samsung.
If you own a new Galaxy Note7, back up your photos and make sure your contacts are in the cloud. After a couple of high profile battery fires reported around the internet, sources have told Gizmodo that smartphone giant Samsung may take the almost unprecedented step of recalling every single Note7 back from customers -- both in Australia and around the world.