Last week, a replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 issued through the company's recall program combusted on board a Southwest Airlines flight. That incident was just the first in a renewed round of bad news for the beleagured company, though. According to The Verge, four more replacement Note 7s have burned up since. In an apparent response to this renewed threat to consumers, Samsung has reportedly suspended production of the phone altogether, according to sources at Korean news agency Yonhap.
The Verge says Samsung "has refused to confirm or deny" the Yonhap report, but United States wireless providers aren't waiting around for direction. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have all stopped selling the Galaxy Note 7 in the United States, according to statements made to The Verge by company representatives. Even if you've already replaced your Note 7, it appears those major carriers will exchange the purportedly safe device for another phone after this latest round of incidents. We'd be taking the carriers up on that deal ASAP.
If you're just getting up to speed on this saga, Galaxy Note 7 owners first reported fireworks from their devices over a month ago. The problem was traced to faulty batteries that could short out and cause a fire. Samsung initially tried to recall the devices on its own before deferring to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission on the matter. New devices with purportedly safe batteries inside began arriving on American shores about three weeks ago, and all seemed well before last week's Southwest Airlines incident. Now, the Galaxy Note 7 has an uncertain future. We'll be keeping our ears to the ground as this situation continues to develop.