Even more Note 7's being disabled this month
Those in South Korea who are still clinging to a Note 7 will be completely out of luck by the end of the month. Samsung has decided to disable charging on the phones via a software update. Although they've collected an estimated 97% of the phones from South Korean customers, Samsung is determined to avoid any more fiery accidents. Given the recall progress they've made in other countries, this is really just Samsung playing catch up.
In the US and other countries, the Note 7 has been dead for quite a while. Starting with a 60% charge limitation, the final nail in the coffin was when carriers completely blocked the phones from connecting to cell service back in December. Similar to other updates Samsung has sent out, this one will likely be compulsory as well. Only users who have found a way to block updates will be able to continue using their Note 7. Samsung estimates that they've removed 96 percent of the devices from circulation worldwide. If you happen to be one of the four percent refusing to give up their Note 7, exchange the phone before it becomes a dangerous pocket warmer.
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