While production and sale of new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices stopped back in October, some users have been slow to give up their defective handsets.Now the Note 7 is coming to a final end.
Samsung has announced that, beginning Dec. 19, it will remotely update all Galaxy Note 7 devices in the U.S. so they can no longer be charged or work with cellular networks, effectively bricking them. It published the statement on its website.
“Together with our carrier partners, we will be notifying consumers through multiple touchpoints to encourage any remaining Galaxy Note7 owners to participate in the program and to take advantage of the financial incentives available,” the statement read.
The news was preceded by reports, including one on The Verge, describing the plans. At least one Note 7 owner on US Cellular received an alert from the provider that warned them of an impending system shutdown: “As of December 15th, Samsung will modify the software to prevent the Galaxy Note 7 from charging. The phone will no longer work.”
The BBC reports that Note 7s in the UK will have their charging capacity capped at 30 percent on Dec. 15, after a similar move setting the threshold to 60 percent in September resulted in the return of all but 10 percent of the devices in Europe.
Samsung Canada politely announced its plans to halt service for the remaining Note7 devices in the Canadian market as well. By Dec. 15, active Note 7s will be hit by “functional limitations,” disabling from all networks.
In a very Canadian move, the devices will still be sent daily push notifications reminding their owners to return their exploding phones, please.
By the end of the year, most of the Note 7s left in the Western hemisphere will be rendered completely useless. If you’re one of those sticking through till the end, it’s time to give up.
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