Samsung Initiates Killswitch-Like Feature on Note 7 Networks – Phablet Will Not Connect to Mobile Carriers

Samsung bans Note 7 connecting to networks

Samsung wants to limit your options of using the Galaxy Note 7, and even after discontinuing the phablet, some consumers have still hung on to it, despite the safety risks it presents to the user. If the company cannot convince you to exchange your handset with another one, then it looks like extreme measures will have to be enforced.

Samsung Cutting Off Galaxy Note 7 From Mobile Carriers – You Will Not Be Able to Make Calls or Access Mobile Data

The Korean manufacturer announced yesterday that as of November 18th, any user who is still engaged in using a Galaxy Note 7 in New Zealand will be disconnected from all mobile carriers. In short, they will not be able to make or take calls, send or receive texts, and they will not be able to access mobile data if they attempt to connect to 3G or 4G networks.

“As part of our commitment to ongoing safety, Samsung would like to make our customers aware of plans to discontinue network service for Note7 devices.

From the 18 November, customers still using the Note7 will no longer be able to connect to any New Zealand mobile network services to make calls, use data or send SMS messages.

We strongly urge any customers still using their Note7 to return their device to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement. Between November 4th - 18th, we will contact our customers on at least two separate occasions with information about this network discontinuation event to ensure they have received adequate notice.

We would like to thank our Note7 customers for their patience and understanding.”

Unfortunately, Wi-Fi access isn’t going to be affected, but you’ll still be limited if there are not any wireless hotspots around your proximity. New Zealand’s Telecommunications Forum Chief Executive Geoff Thorn has mentioned that while most devices have been exchanged, users continue to be in possession of the smartphone.

“Numerous attempts by all providers have been made to contact owners and ask them to bring the phones in for replacement or refund. This action should further aid the return of the remaining handsets. Anyone who is still in possession of a Samsung Note 7, please return it to your service provider as soon as possible.”

In order to make things easier for previous Note 7 owners and even those who have exchanged the phablet for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung will be presenting discounts for its upcoming Galaxy S8, which is said to appear in a total of two variants. Do you feel that Samsung is doing the right move by limiting usage of its Note 7? Tell us your thoughts right away.


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