Samsung Considering Remotely Disabling Note 7 Device's That Aren't Returned

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    If it hasn't been made clear to you by now using a Note 7 is very risky. Reports of exploding devices keep flooding in. Cars have caught fire as well as houses. Individuals have been injured. You should in no way be considering keeping your device if it is affected by the recall. The only phones that are not affected are the Chinese variants. Samsung is taking this very seriously. They will be replacing about 2.5million devices costing the company a staggering $1Billion.

    Yesterday a reddit post suggested that Samsung has plans to remotely disable Note 7 devices that have not been returned for replacement. The redditor spoke with a Samsung rep that explained Samsung will be sending out a care package including a replacement Note 7, the latest Gear VR and a prepaid envelope for returning the defective unit. The package is said to go out on September 19th. If you participate in the exchange program you would be eligible for a $25 gift card as well. This care package will be sent out to AT&T, Sprint, T-mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon customers only for now.

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    I know people are going to be mad about this, but I think this is reasonable, as long as they properly notify people before remotely disabling the devices and give them the chance to exchange it before they have no working device.

    I know there are still small numbers of these things starting fires compared to how many were sold, but it's still a major liability. They could let non-returned devices go and have no more reports for 6 months or more, but the second one of those devices that should've been returned catches fire, there will be hell to pay.
     
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    I am cool with this. Send me a new device, the new Gear VR, I keep my Gear Fit 2 and get a $25 gift card? Sounds like a great deal to me.
     
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    Heck yeah. I would be too. My buddy grabbed the Note on pre-order and I've been making sure he keeps updated on all of this stuff. He had the same reaction..."Free stuff sounds good to me."
     
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    Good to hear, thanks DP.

    They send me a new Note 7, I'll gladly send their perfectly good, clean unit back. I'm not spending my time returning, then getting a temp set up, and then going to get another Note...


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    Oh yeah. If they wanna make this right, they need to make an even swap at the carriers, Best Buy, etc, or send the replacement to you first.

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    Yeah, while I'm sure they have the backdoor to be able to do it, wouldn't be good for PR.

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    If they don't get their hands on the affected units we will have a Firestone repeat. Where as Firestone replaced the affected tires and told dealers to destroy existing stock and used tires once removed. The method of which was to take a hole saw to the sidewall and install a 1 inch hole or so. A lot of those "destroyed" tires wound up in Mexico for sale. Of course some migrated back north where the trial lawyers had another field day.

    I say return or brick it with warning. But some people will still utilize their device in some capacity, after all it's free. Toddler pacifier?

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    Issue comes with getting apps on it. Connect to wifi it moving data to install apps, they send the kill command. Would have to side load anything you wanted on there.

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    What if someone is in the middle of an emergency and they kill it? I don't see this happening ever.

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