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Sprint to replace "safe" Galaxy Note 7 units

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android phablets to face a second recall
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
After the first incident with a supposedly safe Note 7, Sprint has decided to allow its customers to replace their last-gen Samsung phablets with any other handset.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is close to being recalled once again since a unit that was supposed to be safe almost ignited a plane earlier this week. Even if Samsung finally gets it right this time, it would not be a surprise to see some Note 7 users switching to Apple or another brand. Sprint has just announced that its customers who want to drop the Note 7 can choose any other handset to replace it with, including the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus.

According to a Sprint representative quoted by Recode, "If a Sprint customer with a replacement Note 7 has any concerns regarding their device, we will exchange it for any other device at any Sprint retail store during the [CPSC's] investigation window."

For now, there is still a chance for the recent Southwest Airlines incident involving a replacement Note 7 to remain an isolated incident. We will surely hear more about this in the near future, so stay tuned. In the meantime, if you are a Sprint customer who owns a Note 7, you might want to take advantage of the carrier's offer and switch to an iPhone 7 flagship.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-10- 7 (Update: 2016-10- 7)