For whatever reason, while Samsung insists each and every hazardous Galaxy Note 7 unit in circulation be turned off and returned to its original place of purchase for a full refund or lucrative S7 replacement, the Korean tech giant is still not ready to simply deactivate the phablets in use over-the-air.
Remotely disabling the explosive S Pen-wielding phones some owners refuse to give back could be the only way such inexplicable stubbornness will subside, especially if the latest persuasion tactic in New Zealand fails to get all recalled devices off the streets.
Starting November 18, your already battery-plagued Galaxy Note 7 will no longer connect to any NZ mobile network for voice calling, text messaging or data consumption purposes. So, yeah, you’ll basically be left with a fancy brick, merely capable of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, snapping some of the world’s best photos, and running apps and games downloaded outside of 3G or 4G coverage.
That may not sound so very horrible, but please keep in mind you paid a small fortune for so many compromises, fortune you can have back or apply towards an S7 Edge exchange, in which case you’re also eligible for gifts and freebies. Now, if only Samsung would at least expand this carrier-banning move to other countries. Preferably, all of them.