Samsung will not rest until every single faulty and hazardous Galaxy Note 7 finds its way back to the original place of purchase, and eventually, the chaebol’s warehouses for safe destruction.
After cutting the explosive phablet off from nationwide New Zealand carrier support a little while ago, the unchallenged leader of global smartphone sales has earlier today announced a similar network discontinuation move in neighboring Australia.
Although Note 7 users down under are said to “have responded well to the recent recall, with only a small number of affected devices still in customers’ hands”, December 15 will apparently see the latest (and last) “safety measure” employed to ensure the recovery of all “affected devices.”
Of course, one could wonder what’s taking Samsung so long to enact the most drastic measures of eradicating these ticking time bombs. More importantly, why mobile operators in other countries, including the US, aren’t following Telstra, Optus and Vodafone Australia’s example. Has Samsung managed to expand the “nearly” 85 percent American return rate to 100 percent in the past few weeks?
Probably not, but at the same time, Note 7 fire reports have long stopped, so something must be working. Maybe the battery charge-limiting software update that rolled out in Australia earlier this month.
In any event, you have two more weeks to give back the dangerous phone around those parts before you’re denied cellular service, and get a refund for the difference between Note 7 and S7 or S7 Edge’s prices, plus a $250 freebie. If you’re willing to stick with Samsung, that is.