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The Note7 may live again. It probably won't be sold in Australia or other first-world markets, but Samsung's ill-fated big-screen smartphone might make its way onto the store shelves of countries like India, Brazil, Russia and China. That's the surprising news we're hearing from a Korean news outlet, which says that Samsung will fit the millions of devices sitting in its inventory with a smaller, less ambitious battery.

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.

In a couple of hours, a very contrite Samsung will explain exactly what went wrong with the Galaxy Note7. "Following several months of comprehensive investigations", it says, company bosses are going to talk through the design flaws that caused dozens of battery fires and an unprecedented worldwide recall, as well as what it's going to do in the future to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Here's where you can watch along.

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.

In case you've missed all the news yesterday and today, Australia's government Product Safety division is making sure you get the message: if you bought a Samsung Galaxy Note7, give it up. Don't keep it. Return it and get your money back or swap to another phone.

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is dead. Samsung won't build or sell any more after ongoing battery fire issues, and it wants customers to return every single one for a refund or an exchange to a different phone. Even if you keep your phone -- and you shouldn't -- it's being gimped more and more with over-the-air updates; first the battery charge was capped at 60 per cent, now Oculus has stopped the Note7 from working with its Gear VR virtual reality headset.

Samsung's Galaxy Note7 problem has gone from bad to worse. After a complete recall of phones with exploding batteries, and a costly replacement program for customers, and most recently a continuing fire issue with replacement phones, Samsung is asking customers to return all Galaxy Note7s -- including replacement devices both locally and internationally -- for a full refund or exchange to a different device.

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.

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.