By now, we’re all pretty much aware that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, the latest attempt by the company to create a major flagship smartphone, is dangerous. Two recalls have taken place, multiple eruptions into flames by the device have occurred – heck, it’s even been made a federal crime to carry a Note 7 onto a US aircraft. Obviously, the situation has gotten really bad for Samsung, but that’s not stopping “loyal” users of the handset from giving it up. Apparently, some people can’t take a hint and have decided to keep using their likely defective Note 7s in doubts that their phone won’t one day blow up. Clearly, this is a risk not many are willing to take, but it’s big enough for every carrier in New Zealand to start blocking Note 7s from connecting to networks there.
Yes, you read correctly folks. Every single carrier in New Zealand will begin blocking all Note 7s from connecting to their networks. This is the result of a recent agreement between the carriers and Samsung in order to keep customers safe. The motion will go in effect starting November 18th, two weeks from now.
As Stuff reports, there’s apparently still a few hundred Note 7s in the hands of Kiwi consumers, while numerous attempts to contact owners of those devices and have them returned have been made. Stuff notes that while the phones won’t be able to connect to cellular networks in the country any more, Wi-Fi and offline use would remain in tact. Overall, this should be the biggest sign to stop using your Galaxy Note 7 and just get it exchanged or returned for your safety. Personally, I think Samsung should just manually brick every device so no one can use them and will be returned properly, but that would of course not go over very well with the public. Nevertheless, if you have yet to return your Note 7 regardless of where your located on the map, MBEDDED highly recommends exchanging it since a) it could erupt into flames at any given moment and b) your carrier may be next on the list to block all communications between your device and their networks.