Roughly four weeks ago, Samsung dropped the bombshell. But (way too) many Galaxy Note 7 owners either didn’t care about the risks of hanging on to their potentially explosive phablets, or simply missed the news of the voluntary global recall.
Once the Consumer Product Safety Commission was brought in to ensure the US exchange process would eventually be done by the book, and software updates started flying around to constantly warn people of the hazardous situation and even limit battery charges, there was no avoiding the inevitable.
Still, progress is heavy, including stateside and on Korean shores, despite Samsung bending over backwards of late to keep its devoted customers safe. As of Tuesday, 60 percent of defective devices sold to US Android enthusiasts were taken off the market all in all, with 90 percent of returns reportedly ending in the replacement of an old Note 7 with a new Note 7.
That’s marginally up from last week’s 50 percent exchange tally, while domestically, the distressed tech giant hopes to have 80 percent of faulty phones in its warehouses by Saturday, October 1, when a re-launch is in store. Those aren’t exactly ideal numbers, but at least they’re on the rise. Let’s just hope (for the sake of the industry) that reports of new explosions and malfunctioning replacements won’t spread like wildfire anytime soon.