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.
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Samsung's report into its exploding Galaxy Note7 and the unprecedented worldwide recall it caused has just been released, and there's one obvious difference it will make for the future phones you buy: they'll have an internal rollcage protecting the battery even when dropped. That means your next Samsung might be thicker, and definitely sturdier, than the one it's replacing.
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.
Nearly five months after the first Galaxy Note7 unexpectedly caught fire, prompting a massive unprecedented worldwide recall, Samsung's ongoing headache might finally be coming to an end. On Monday, we'll finally have the technology giant's official answer as to what exactly went wrong.
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.
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.
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.
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.