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Remaining active Samsung Note 7 phones may be disabled next week

Samsung will be disabling connectivity and charging from some US and Canadian Note 7's next week. (Source: Ron Amadeo/ArsTechnica)
Samsung will be disabling connectivity and charging from some US and Canadian Note 7's next week. (Source: Ron Amadeo/ArsTechnica)
It seems that some Note 7 owners are still stubbornly holding onto their devices—Samsung is trying to change that by disabling remaining Note 7's throughout next week.

It seems that Samsung's recall of their infamous Note 7 isn't complete due to stragglers, but they're going to try to deal with the remaining hold-outs by disabling their device's connectivity and charging functions next week, according to reports.

The measures are being taken in major markets around the world: New Zealand already disconnected the Note 7 on November 18th, while devices being used in Australia and Canada will be disabled December 15th, according to official Samsung statements. An apparent text message to a U.S. Cellular customer reported by The Verge suggests that in the US, remaining handsets will be disabled by no longer charging—presumably by a firmware update.

Samsung halted production of the Note 7 in October after replacement handsets continued to burst into flames, and has pledged to make an official statement on the cause of the fires before the new year. However, engineering QC firm Instrumental has already stated that the fires are caused by pressure on the battery as it swells during use, according to their own analysis. 

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Douglas Black, 2016-12- 9 (Update: 2016-12- 9)
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