Samsung Canada has announced it will halt network access to all Galaxy Note 7 devices that are still out in the wild, later this month, making them practically unusable.
The firm says 90% of the 39,000 Note 7’s sold in Canada have been recouped, but the 4,000 still out in the wild will lose Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality on December 12, before their mobile network is switched off on the 15th.
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There’s also another forthcoming update to limit the battery’s charge which, if it follows the protocol in other nations, will prevent charging above 60%.
“As a recalled product, Note 7 device owners are legally prohibited from selling or even giving away the recalled device. We would like to remind customers that they need to return their Note 7 device,” the firm added.
Everything will be communicated to remaining device owners, who’ve ignored the recall process following widespread battery explosions, via push notifications.
Just last month, Samsung’s New Zealand office pulled a similar trick in order to recoup the remaining Note 7 devices in that country.
Just what’s keeping these lingering Note 7 owners from trading them in?
Are they worried they’ll run out of a heat source in the Canadian Rockies? Perhaps they need something to light the beacons in New Zealand?
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