Verizon Says No To Bricking Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s

Last week, news surfaced that Samsung was going to push an update to the remaining Galaxy Note 7’s in the wild that would basically brick the devices. Well, news is surfacing today that US cell company Verizon will not be pushing that update to their users:

Today, Samsung announced an update to the Galaxy Note7 that would stop the smartphone from charging, rendering it useless unless attached to a power charger. Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note7 users that do not have another device to switch to. We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.

I’m sure that there’s a few phone calls and emails being exchanged between Verizon and Samsung as we speak. Samsung really wants to get all of these devices back and move on from this fiasco. Verizon isn’t helping them with that. Though I get why Verizon feels the way it does. It will be interesting to see if Samsung can change their minds. What likely won’t help Samsung convince Verizon to see things their way is that in the UK, Samsung is pushing an update that will limit the maximum charge to 30% rather than bricking the device. Meaning that they can go along with Verizon if they chose to do so.


One Response to “Verizon Says No To Bricking Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s”

  1. […] guess whatever discussions that Samsung had with Verizon were effective. Because after saying that they wouldn’t send the update that would kill Samsung’s infamous Galaxy Note 7, they’ve now decided to kill it. Here’s what The Verge has to […]

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