If you’re still using a Galaxy Note 7, you’ve either chosen to ignore Samsung’s warnings and requests for users to return the device, or you’ve somehow missed them.
Either way, Sammy is keen to ensure it gets all its explosive handsets back, providing exchange booths at South Korea’s Incheon airport for customers to return their Note 7 before boarding flights.
Now, following several airline’s bans on customers bringing the fire-prone phablets on-board planes, the firm is bringing the exchange booths to other airports around the world, starting in Australia.
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Samsung has halted production of the Note 7 following the explosion debacle, asking customers with the phone to immediately power down the device and return it.
The trade-in booths will allow travellers to swap their Galaxy Note 7 for another Samsung device, with the new booths in Australia opening from 6am to 8pm local time at “high-traffic” terminals.
Those terminals include Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith), Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine), Brisbane Airport, Adelaide Airport, Perth Airport, Gold Coast Airport, and Canberra Airport (open 6am to 6pm).
Further booths will be opened at other airports around the world, which is good news for those of us in the UK who need to return the device but have been unable to do so following Royal Mail’s ban on using its network to return the phone.
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Of course, its advisable to return the phone to wherever you bought it, rather than exchange it just before boarding a flight.
The Note 7 has already caused trouble on-board airplanes, with one supposedly safe version of the handset recently exploding on a SouthWest Airlines plane before it took.
Some airlines have taken their own precautions, providing fire-proof bags on-board in case electronic devices, such as Samsung’s phablet, overheat during flight.
Samsung has already revealed it expects to take a significant financial hit as a result of the Note 7 fiasco, and may even bring forward the release of the Galaxy S8 to help bolster its profits next year.
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