Samsung Is Planning To Brick The Remaining Galaxy Note 7 Phones
You'd probably better go ahead and turn yours in.
Following the debacle that was Samsung's disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch, Samsung has gone forward with the announcement that it will be bricking the devices via an over-the-air software push. If you're still chugging along using one, that's bad news for you, though you should have already traded in your phone to ensure your Note doesn't blow up while in use, as the phones have done in the past.
The update that Samsung is pushing will arrive on December 19 and essentially block all of the phone's connections, both cellular and data. The update will also prevent the phone from ever charging again. It will cease to function in any meaningful way, thus the "bricking" terminology.
These are apparently tough measures since 93 percent of the US Galaxy Note 7 models have been returned, but the stubbon 7 percent out there are holding on with the last of their strength to a failed dream. It's probably better to go ahead and give up the ghost, guys.
If you don't want to be left with a brick, you can do what Samsung has suggested under the "U.S. Note 7 Refund and Exchange Program":
- Exchange your current Galaxy Note7 for another Samsung smartphone and replacement of any Galaxy Note7 specific accessories with a refund of the price difference between devices.
- Obtain a refund at your point of purchase.
Don't be left with a phone that doesn't work right before the holidays kick off. Best to go ahead and turn things in now. Here's to hoping the next Note isn't plagued with these kinds of issues.