By now everyone across the globe including those uncontacted souls in the Amazon rain forest know about the Samsung Note7 story. After numerous recall posts, software updates to limit battery charging and government statements people are still holding on to their Note7’s. Samsung is taking the next measure in getting every single unit back in its mitts which now includes cutting off mobile network connectivity to Note7 hold outs in New Zealand.
As part of our commitment to ongoing safety, Samsung would like to make our customers aware of plans to discontinue network service for Note7 devices. From the 18 November, customers still using the Note7 will no longer be able to connect to any New Zealand mobile network services to make calls, use data or send SMS messages. We strongly urge any customers still using their Note7 to return their device to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement. Between November 4th – 18th, we will contact our customers on at least two separate occasions with information about this network discontinuation event to ensure they have received adequate notice. We would like to thank our Note7 customers for their patience and understanding.
This New Zealand mobile connectivity cut off seems it will also apply to anyone traveling to New Zealand with a Note7. Don’t expect your device to function on mobile networks once you land. This is a pretty extreme step on the part of Samsung and once again highlights the importance of this recall. I have said in previous articles that I think Samsung will start software bricking these devices at some point. I wouldn’t be surprised if they take the mobile network connectivity route in other countries soon.
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