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Samsung's blocking Note 7 handsets from connecting to Australian networks
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Samsung's blocking Note 7 handsets from connecting to Australian networks

Owners of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices that still haven't returned them to Samsung in Australia are soon going to find they will be unable to access the networks for local mobile operators with these devices.

While it might seem odd that despite a global recall and the very real risk that the phones could catch fire at any moment, some people still haven't swapped their old handsets for a different model in the hope of keeping hold of the Note 7. However, the announcement from Samsung Australia says they are working with local network providers to prevent the devices from connecting any more is pretty much the last nail in the coffin for the Note 7.

In theory, people could of course just use the Note 7 on Wi-Fi connections, but without the ability to make calls or receive any data it's pretty limited in its ability as a mobile. Of course, Samsung Australia has already limited the maximum charge any of the outstanding phones can receive to 60 percent, so battery life isn't going to be great either. Note 7 devices will be blocked from connecting to the networks as of December 15. 

As one final incentive to get all the remaining handsets in the country returned, Samsung Australia is giving owners "a specific partner offer to the value of $250" in addition to an exchange for an S7, S7 Edge or a full refund. Handset owners that want that $250 gift will need to return the phones before December 22. 

Would you want to keep your Note 7 instead of trading it in for a new phone plus a free gift? Do you think they're going too far to get people to return their devices? Let us know in the comments below!


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  • Not WOULD keep...
    More like, WILL keep...

    I've got an old friend of mine that has a Toyota, that just happens to be under recall for apparently abruptly accelerating for no reason, without means to stop. This default has killed, is killing, and will continue to kill people. The car manufacturers send out three maybe four notices to the owners of recalled vehicles. At that point, it's up to the registered owner to take their vehicle in to have the repairs done. If they decide not to, it doesn't really matter... the Vehicle Manufacturer at that point is no longer liable.
    Samsung, on the other hand, has now done everything just shy of sending men in black suits, thin ties, and sunglasses to the houses of these Note7 owners to illegally collect the property of another person. Are you EFFIN' KIDDING ME?? What type of nuclear codes are these phones holding inside of them?
    Customers are losing money. Patrons are losing upgrades. Loyalists are downgrading with a new contract for something that they never wanted to begin with. All because 0.000023% of these products have been claimed to have flamed out.

    (I have scene the so-called pictures of the destruction. For anybody to call it explode is just ignorance.)

    • My1 Mar 27, 2017 Link to comment

      what are they losing? I mean even though the Note 7 gets as much blocks as possible, upon return you get you money back (or another device plus the price difference) and seemingly even an extra gift. I dont see any point NOT to return it, especially since this thing is a danger for other prople. also unlike for cars, there is no registered owner for a phone, so it isnt that simple.

  • Hell yea i would still keep it have any other phone had since this BS began any issues. No not a single one so wht is up !

  • just root it and then just pretend this is antother device

    • I was just going to post the same type of comment. When rooted, the phone could be a train for all the software /hardware could tell

      • My1 Mar 27, 2017 Link to comment

        you would need to change the IMEI to do that and if that isnt enough, if you want to fly, your root wont help you.

  • mike Dec 1, 2016 Link to comment

    I'd just take an unlocked device to ST or TMo if I was that set on keeping a note 7. set the APN myself and that would fix it I think