As we have been telling you, Samsung is worried about those Galaxy Note7 owners who are refusing to return the possibly dangerous phone. So the Korean tech giant has been issuing all kinds of updates in a bid to convince users to say bye-bye to the phablet. The first one limited battery charging up to 60% and now T-Mobile is following suit.
The carrier has started rolling out an update over the weekend which won’t allow the phone to charge beyond 60%. This measure is meant to ensure that the phone won’t start overheating.
According to users on the Android Central forum who have received the notification, the update is not “forced” so it won’t automatically install on the phablet (unless auto-update is on). That means users can choose to ignore it, if they feel this is the best option for them. There’s even a way to get rid of the perpetual notification that pops up every time you plug in the device for some juice, reminding you that the phone has been recalled and is potentially dangerous.
Let’s just say T-Mobile went with the milder solution. Just look at New Zealand. In the country Samsung is working hand in hand with The New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) to “blacklist” the device from NZ networks. That means no mobile data and no calling or texting for the Note7 users in the country.
For the time being such a drastic measure is yet to be applied in the US, but who knows what will happen if Samsung gets desperate. A lot of Galaxy Note7 users still refuse to return the potentially explosive device, claiming they would rather wait for the Galaxy S8 to be out before parting with the device.
Samsung doesn’t like it one bit and has been actively trying to lure users, first by offering $100 credit towards the purchase of a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge and then by promising Note7 refugees they could get the Galaxy S8 at half the price.
Still a lot of users like their Galaxy Note7 way too much to give it back. It’s an interesting sort of loyalty.