Samsung continues to deal with fallout from the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, and has been working hard trying to get all the devices returned to them so they don’t have to deal with anymore fires caused by the faulty devices. To that end, Samsung plans on pushing out a software update on Monday that will brick the Galaxy Note 7. This update will render all the devices unusable. Samsung hopes that this will force holdouts on the recall to return their phones for something new.
While most carriers have been cooperating with this new policy from Samsung and have agreed to brick the smartphone, Verizon Wireless was holding out and didn’t want to do it. Now, it seems, they have had a change of heart. The wireless carrier has agreed to release an update on their system that will brick any Galaxy Note 7 connected to their network.
Originally, Verizon said it wouldn’t release the update as it could pose a risk to users who could not immediately switch to another phone. However, Verizon has since changed its mind and does plan to release it. However, despite Samsung releasing the update on Monday, Verizon does not plan to release it on their network until January 5, 2017. The delay is to give its customers time to contact family and other emergency services if it is needed over the holiday travel season. You can learn more about the recall from Verizon’s Note 7 recall site.
In the FAQ, the company states, “Samsung will be releasing a Note7 software update on December 19. This update prevents the device from charging and eliminates the ability for it to work as a mobile device. Verizon will not be pushing this software update to your device until January 5, 2017. We want to make sure you can contact family, first responders, and emergency medical professionals during the holiday travel season. However, we urge you to stop using your Note7, upgrade it to another device, and return the Note7 to us.
AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint all plan on issuing the update from Samsung, however when they will release differs between carriers. T-Mobile plans on releasing the update on December 27, but AT&T plans on pushing out the update on January 5. Sprint will be waiting the longest of all the carriers as they plan on pushing out this update on January 8.
One thing is for sure, if you are still using a Galaxy Note 7, you should probably visit your carrier’s website or their store to find out what you need to do to exchange your phone for something new. If you don’t, shortly after the first of the year you will wake up without a phone and there will be nothing you can do about it.
Are you still using a Galaxy Note 7? If so were you hoping to hang onto it or are you still planning on taking advantage of the recall? Let me know what you were planning in the comments below.