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T-Mobile rolling out Note-7-killing update; AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow

By January 8, nearly all remaining Galaxy Note 7s will be rendered inoperable in the US. (Source: Ron Amadeo/ArsTechnica)
By January 8, nearly all remaining Galaxy Note 7s will be rendered inoperable in the US. (Source: Ron Amadeo/ArsTechnica)
T-mobile has begun rolling out firmware designed to effectively brick remaining Samsung Galaxy Note 7s. Verizon and AT&T will roll out the update January 5, while Sprint will wait until January 8.

Earlier this month we reported that Samsung was gearing up to disable the remaining Galaxy Note 7s by stopping connectivity and charging via a firmware update. US Cellular customers were supposed to get the update on December 15th, but not all major US carriers were on board at the time.

Today, T-Mobile will be rolling out the firmware update to kill the remaining Note 7s. Major carries AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint will be getting the same update pushed January 5-8, according to statements by the companies.

Notably, this marks a reversal by Verizon, that earlier stated they would not be deactivating Note 7 users' phones because they did not want to cause "added risk" if customers did not have another device to switch to, or or their communication abilities during the holiday season were removed.

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Douglas Black, 2016-12-28 (Update: 2016-12-28)
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