Samsung’s saga of dealing with smartphones that self-combust might be winding down now that it has officially killed off the flagship smartphone, but it’s not quite over yet. It still needs to recall all of the Note 7’s out in the wild and to make sure they don’t damage anything on the way home, it’s sending out three boxes and gloves.
Considering some of the injuries and fires that have been caused by overheating and shorting out Note 7s, you can’t blame Samsung from taking this recall seriously. Those returning their Note 7 to Samsung through official channels, will be required to put their phone in a static-proof bag, in a box, in another box, in another box, all while wearing protective gloves.[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pySvc17K2jE’]
That last box is said to be fire-proof too, so clearly Samsung isn’t taking any chances that these phones will ignite on the way home, especially if they spend any time in the cargo hold of a commercial vehicle. They are unlikely to end up on a plane however, as the exterior box specifically labels the package as containing a possibly defective lithium-ion battery and is therefore unsuitable for planes.
These boxes are being issued for original Galaxy Note 7s and their initially considered ‘safe,’ replacements. All Note 7s are being recalled and they will no longer be sold or manufactured moving forward. Oculus has also halted support for them on the Gear VR headset.
The fall out from these defective phones has left Samsung more than $1 billion out of pocket and its share price has fallen by more than 10 percent, slashing $20+ billion from its market value.
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KitGuru Says: Here’s hoping Samsung can ship out decent replacement handsets in short fashion. It sucks being without a phone for a few days, even if your old one did have the potential to burn you in your sleep.