Verizon will kill the Note 7 after all

Samsung announced last week that it would be rolling out an update for the few remaining Galaxy Note 7 phones that would disable its wireless radios and ability to recharge. Verizon, after initially refusing to pass along the update to its customers, has now reversed its stance and will be rolling it out early next year on January 5, 2017.

Verizon originally refused to deploy the final phone-bricking update on the grounds that it could pose an additional risk to Galaxy Note 7 users that haven't yet switched, by potentially preventing those users from contacting emergency services and family during the holiday season.

Samsung collected 93% of the roughly 1 million Note 7 phones through its official recall, but it seems some owners have decided that keeping the phone was worth the risk. The manufacturer is making the update available on December 19, but each carrier has chosen their own date to push it out. T-Mobile is unleashing the killer patch just after Christmas on December 27, followed by AT&T and Verizon on January 5, and finally by Sprint on January 8.

If you're one of the few still hanging on to the Note 7 handset, the final countdown is ticking. Samsung's $100 credit offer when exchanging the phone is still available.

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    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    it took a phone exploding for them to release an update. carrier updates suck!

    • Kougar
    • 3 years ago

    The Magnificent Seven, not all of them will go out with a bang.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Pity how so many folks wanna kill the Note 7. Verizon, you, me, even Samsung. Oh hey, even the Note 7 wants to blow itself up and kill people. Kinda reminds me of those guys who… Oh wait, can’t talk about those things here.

    Heh.

    • soccergenius
    • 3 years ago

    So after putting a press release making the other carriers look like uncaring cold-hearted Grinches, Verizon won’t even be the last of the 4 to deploy the update. What a joke.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah but then this happens: Somebody dumb enough not to return the note has his house burn down because [b<]EVIL[/b<] Verizon wouldn't deactivate his phone even though they knew it was dangerous!! OMG!!! Basically there's no way to win, and Verizon is far more immune to lawsuits over an annoyed customer who didn't follow the recall policy and has a bricked phone vs. a house that burned down.

        • Ummagumma
        • 3 years ago

        You can’t stop people from doing stupid things.

        If people want to ignore recall notices, then they deserve any calamity that may befall them.

        Is that comment cold & uncaring? Yes, but so are people that ignore recall notices for a dangerous product like this and put their own life and the lives of those around them at risk.

        It’s not a matter of winning, losing, or placing blame. It’s a matter of “doing the right thing”.

          • DarkUltra
          • 3 years ago

          Yes thats why seatbelts where made mandatory to the law to get people to use it. Todsy we know it saves (idiots) lives.

        • just brew it!
        • 3 years ago

        Yup, I’m sure it all came down to their legal staff concluding they could get sued if they refuse to roll out the update, and someone is injured or killed by an unbricked 7.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    I shot the Galaxy Note.
    But I did not shoot its Battery.

      • ludi
      • 3 years ago

      “I shot the se-veeennn…”

    • Unknown-Error
    • 3 years ago

    This is a Phonocide!

      • willmore
      • 3 years ago

      Phoneageddon.

        • curtisb
        • 3 years ago

        Phonesastrous.

          • Redocbew
          • 3 years ago

          Phonectomy

            • curtisb
            • 3 years ago

            Phonehilation

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 3 years ago

            Euphonesia

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