Everybody knows by now all about the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, where Samsung hurried up and released the gadget without going through all the testing processes. The South Korean based tech giant somehow overlooked one major problem in the phablet’s design, the device’s battery would overcharge and then explode. Samsung started receiving hate since the first day these phablets were released, especially since in some case the battery explosion burned the owner of the device. The flaw in the design of Note 7 got so bad that even airports banned the devices forcing Samsung to recall the phablets.
Samsung had only one choice, to recall the devices and give their customer’s money back, but that isn’t as easy as it sounds since there were some users who didn’t want to return them. Even though Samsung managed to gather 92 percent of the sold gadgets, that wasn’t enough and the tech giant decided to roll out an software update that bricks the devices. In order to be able to do that, Samsung had get permission from all network carriers and almost all of them agreed, only one major U.S. carrier didn’t agree.
Verizon was the company that didn’t see eye to eye with Samsung’s decision, the reason behind that is that Verizon was worrying that their customers might not have another device to switch to. To make Verizon happy, Samsung offered $100 over the device’s initial price for all Verizon users that return their Note 7. This was the best deal the South Korean based company could put up and it looks like Samsung also pursued Verizon to roll out the “brick” software. Verizon announced on their official website that the update will be sent starting January 5th.