The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was undoubtedly one of the biggest disasters in smartphone history with a battery problem that caused some handsets to catch fire.
Samsung are now taking steps to finally disable any devices that remain in use by remotely issuing a software update that will prevent the device from charging.
Samsung will hope the update, which will first be rolled out across the United States, will spell the end for the problematic smartphone once and for all.
According to the Verge, “It’s not clear whether Note 7s will be disabled across the major US carriers as well, but it seems likely that’ll be the case. In the past, updates disabling Note 7 features have rolled out across Verizon, AT&T, and other carriers within a matter of days. That’s probably what’ll happen here, as well,” wrote the site.
The move is required as not all users have returned their devices even though charging is now capped at 60% and pop-up messages have been sent instructing all owners to return their phones.
However, American network Verizon has also issued a statement saying it would not be pushing out the update to its users, as in doing this would also pose safety risks for its users.
“Today, Samsung announced an update to the Galaxy Note 7 that would stop the smartphone from charging, rendering it useless unless attached to a power charger,” the network stated.
“Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note 7 users that do not have another device to switch to.
“We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 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.”
If you still have a Note 7 which hasn’t yet blown up you will need to contact Samsung or your mobile operator to obtain a refund, otherwise you may soon not be able to use the device at all.