If you're still carrying around a Galaxy Note7, you should return it ASAP. As an extra incentive to US customers, on Friday Samsung announced that it will be issuing a software update to US Note7s that will prevent the phone from charging or working as mobile devices.
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On Saturday the federal flight ban on Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones went into effect in the United States. All four major Australian carriers have also banned the phone. We asked our readers how this was working out around the globe and from the replies we've received, it's safe to say that, so far, this sucks.
Josh Dickey, an editor at Mashable, just published a blog post about why he's keeping his Samsung Galaxy Note7. The smartphones have been exploding left and right, and Samsung is officially halting sales of the device and recalling all phones already in the wild. But Mr Dickey wants you to know that, actually, exploding phones are fine and good. And he has the Fight Club quotes to prove it.
The Galaxy Note7 is dead, people. But recalling a product whose reputation consists solely of its propensity to burst into flames presents some obvious problems like: Is it even legal to mail this thing?
There's no nice way to say it. The Galaxy Note 7 launch has been a complete disaster. After initially receiving favourable reviews, the Note 7 made more headlines following reports of spontaneous combustion in pant pockets, cars, aeroplanes and homes. Samsung initially bungled the global recall -- but now, more bad news is rolling in.
This is probably going to terrify you, but you've got a ticking time bomb in your lap, or your purse, or nestled into your back pocket. If you have a consumer electronic device powered by a rechargeable battery there is a very good chance it is a lithium-based battery. Which means that when you toss your kid your phone, you're tossing them a firebomb too.
As of September 20, Samsung will issue an update to South Korean Note 7 users that will seriously hamstring their batteries, according to the AP. With this update, remaining, non-recalled Note 7s will only be able to charge to 60 per cent capacity, a move that will help save those recall holdouts from explosive consequences.
Last week, Samsung recalled roughly 2.5 million smartphones after it was discovered that at least 35 of the devices had spontaneously burst into flames. Make that 35 and counting. But don't worry, if you'd like to bring your Galaxy Note 7 onto a flight in the US, the FAA still hasn't decided whether it should ban the devices on planes. The agency is thinking about it, however.