Just 85 percent of Galaxy Note 7 units in Korea have been returned, around 140K still in use
With network discontinuation moves in full swing across markets like New Zealand, Australia and Canada, US carriers restricting device charges altogether, and lower and lower battery limits imposed on the old continent, you might be wondering what exactly is up with the hazardous Galaxy Note 7 on Korean shores.
The answer, in short, seems to be… nothing. At least as far as a discouragingly high 15 percent of original owners in Samsung’s homeland are concerned, the potentially explosive phablet remains a perfectly acceptable daily driver.
Less than a couple of weeks away from the end of a challenging year the smartphone king would soon like to forget, it’s still hard to anticipate the precise timing of the already protracted global recall program’s conclusion.
Samsung is apparently hesitant to shut off Galaxy Note 7 cellular services in South Korea or further reduce the energy cap below the present 60 percent, seeing as how only 85 percent of the local 950,000 users have so far been persuaded to return their fickle but stylish and powerful S Pen-wielding phones.
That means roughly 140,000 people in Korea are not yet ready to part ways with the Note 7, and you don’t want to enrage such a large group of presumably super-devoted fans. Still, something must be done to quickly reach at least a 95 percent retrieval rate, and so battery loading may get restricted to as little as 15 percent sooner or later. It’s probably the only way besides remotely disabling the ill-fated handheld.