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Samsung wants to start selling Note 7 devices again

Samsung is planning on bringing back its beleaguered Note 7 handset via a refurbishment program where possible, but it'll need regulatory approval for each market it's to be sold in, which could get very confusing indeed.

The story of the on-again, off-again Note 7 saga is familiar to most people at this point, having hit the headlines for causing multiple fires, personal injury and being banned from flights worldwide by a number of carriers. What, perhaps, you might not have expected was Samsung to try and salvage some extra life from the handsets it has recalled over the past seven months.

In an announcement discussing how the company plans on re-using components via environmentally friendly extraction methods, Samsung quietly noted that it also wanted to use Note 7 handsets "as refurbished phones or rental phones where applicable".

Don't get too excited just yet though, Note 7 fans, as Samsung says it hasn't yet sought the regulatory approval that would be required to execute this plan. 

The news comes alongside reports that Samsung is going to remotely deactivate any remaining Note 7s that haven't been returned by disabling the ability to charge the handset.

Exactly how the average user  - or, indeed, airport employee - will be able to tell the difference between a 'safe' refurbished Note 7 remains to be seen, and is just one hurdle in getting the Note 7 back onto store shelves. It seems like Samsung's going to try though. 

Would you trust a refurbished Note 7 from Samsung now? Let us know in the comments below! 

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    Deactivated Account Mar 27, 2017

    but will it be "better"? If theres a substantial price drop then id def. go for the Note 7.


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  • They 'could' bring it back, but they would have to fix the issues and have the fix documented and independently verified by a quality assurance company. They would also need to include at least a 2 year warranty to all customers. On top of all this, they would need to sell it for ~$400 (its a used phone).

    They can try, but don't expect much love from the press either. I'd do it very quietly and as under the radar as possible.

  • I have noticed a few occasions where I have posted something, then a few hours later it has gone. WHY ???
    I posted a reply to someone earlier about this topic, but my reply AND the post I was replying to has gone.

    •   24
      Deactivated Account Mar 28, 2017 Link to comment

      really? when was the last time this happend? send me a DM the next time it happens and ill have someone look into it

  • Mark
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    Mar 27, 2017 Link to comment

    I think Samsung is kicking a dead horse bringing back the Note 7. The new S8 line up out soon then the Note 8 this fall most likely. I think they need to let the Note 7 stay dead. I personally would not buy one.

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      Deactivated Account Mar 27, 2017 Link to comment

      but maybe theyre just trying to recoup some of the lost money. Better to sell of some refurbished models at a "discount" price then loose everything they invested?

      • Mark
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        Mar 27, 2017 Link to comment

        I understand their motive. I just do not agree with it. It is the price you pay for getting greedy and not testing a device before you sell it and endangering the public. I think the executives who made the decision should be held accountable, but Korea is to corrupt for that to happen.

      • Greedy for trying to cut losses? Really? So if you bought a car for $8000 and it had a lot of issues, you would just take it to the junk yard and NOT try to sell it? It's only greedy if they try to sell them without properly fixing them... again. They made that mistake once. If they do it again, they should be held accountable.

        They shouldn't put people in danger, but if they can have an independent company verify that they have fixed the issue, why not sell it?

      • Greedy you say?
        Moneyback guarantee and take the loss you call greedy?
        I think they sid a good job take back aal S7 though only a very few would set to fire. They would not risk anyone getting hurt. Now they know what was the reason they can resell as used refurbished phone with smaller battery again has nothing to do with greed whatsoever. S7 specs still has fantastic specs and it would be almost a crime to shred them.

      • Mark
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        Mar 29, 2017 Link to comment

        I was referring to their rushing of the product without testing as being greedy. Not them trying to get money by reselling. I still do not think they should bring it back because of all the other models due out. They will just muddy the waters for the Note 8.

      • Hoe exactly were they greedy?

      • That's not greed. And you don't know they didn't test them. It only happened to 0.03% of them

      • Mark
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        Mar 29, 2017 Link to comment

        Samsung said themselves that they did not fully test the Note 7 to beat Apple's release. They took a risk to make more money, to me that is being greedy.

    • I have to agree, Who's gonna explain this to the airlines about how safe it is. This phone broke many hearts especially consumers who returned it twice! I wouldn't bring it back!

  • Refurbished.... hmmmm
    Thoug Note 8 is coming I think I'd take a furbie for like 500 euro and no penny more.

  • I think it's a bit too late to want to sell the note 7 at this stage. The note 8 will probably be released August/September. By the time they get approvals from each country it will be June/July I guess. Wait 3 or 4 months and rather purchase the newer model I would say if money is not a factor.

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