If Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall has somehow escaped you, or if stubbornness is keeping you from going to the nearest service location or Samsung store, we advise you to prioritize turning in the phone, stat. No ifs or buts or excuses.
We wouldn’t want you to end up with a very expensive, though fancy, paper weight — or, worse still, a burnt hand. And if the possibility of injury doesn’t scare you, then consider this: Samsung will soon cripple your phone without you even knowing.
On the sidelines of the Gear S3 smartwatch launch, a Samsung executive revealed to GadgetMatch that the world’s top smartphone brand will issue a software update to all remaining Note 7s in the Philippines that will limit battery charging to 30 percent, effectively rendering the now-discontinued handset useless. It will be released starting December 15th, which is two days from now.
If that doesn’t get you running off to the nearest Samsung outlet, the company will eventually disable mobile data on the Note 7 to make the damn thing dependent on your home’s WiFi connection. That update, we’re told, is due out sometime in January next year.
A fire hazard that has to stay close to an outlet or a power bank and can’t connect to mobile networks — that, folks, is what will become of the once-promising Android flagship. And it will annoy the heck out of anyone still using it — hopefully to the point that any remaining Note 7s out in the wild are returned.
Earlier this week, Samsung has confirmed that it will deal a similar death blow to existing Note 7s in the U.S., with the exception of units from Verizon Wireless. The update, which will roll out on December 19, will prevent the handset from charging, as well as shut off all of its connections, including WiFi and mobile data. Samsung has already restricted U.S. Note 7 phones from charging beyond 60 percent.
If you live outside of the Philippines and the U.S., take the recent turn of events as a sign of things to come; similar measures could be adopted worldwide. So for Pete’s sake, turn in your Note 7 and get another phone. There are plenty of excellent choices out there.