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.
The move comes a little a month after Samsung capped charging on US Note7s at 60 per cent, and two months after Samsung fully recalled the phone because of explosions.
In the months since, Samsung has offered customers financial incentives to exchange their phones and has issued updates in various countries that have made the phones less useful. But even with the feds banning the phone on US flights (and airlines in other parts of the world following suit, including in Australia), there are still people that have decided to keep their exploding phones.
The good news for the rest of us is that with this update, they won’t have a choice. The phone will essentially be worthless.
Here is Samsung’s complete statement, emphasis ours.