As we reported earlier, Samsung is killing the Galaxy Note 7 once and for all. They’ve partnered with carriers for an update that’ll turn it from an expensive bomb into an expensive paper weight. Verizon had refused to participate, citing the safety of their subscribers during the holiday season.
Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note7 users that do not have another device to switch to. We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.
The largest carrier in the US did not want to leave their customers without phones in case of emergencies. Now, Big Red changed its mind. In an update on their support page, Verizon stated:
Samsung will be releasing a Note7 software update on December 19. This update prevents the device from charging and eliminates the ability for it to work as a mobile device.
Verizon will not be pushing this software update to your device until January 5, 2017. We want to make sure you can contact family, first responders, and emergency medical professionals during the holiday travel season.
However, we urge you to stop using your Note7, upgrade it to another device, and return the Note7 to us.
It seems like a compromise, not entirely giving into the wishes of Samsung. Verizon will give people a couple of weeks to finally get their acts together and dump their explosive phones.
Do you geeks think Verizon is justified? Or, should they not allow Galaxy Note 7 owners to keep holding on to their dangerous devices even longer? Do any of you still have Samsung’s disappointing phablet, and why?