Verizon and Sprint Still Have Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Devices In Stock

Verizon and Sprint Still Have Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Devices In Stock

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Previous reports claimed that the US carriers will resume Note 7 sales after October 21, but it seems that they were wrong, because Verizon and Sprint are ready to ship out reworked “safe” units, while T-Mobile and AT&T will start making exchanges today. AT&T stated that the exchanges are made for those who purchased the Note 7 before September 15.

Samsung has announced yesterday that carriers and retailers will receive 500,000 safe and new Galaxy Note 7 devices to exchange recalled models or sell to customers. T-Mobile has already received a new batch of Note 7, and the carrier has announced that “You can head into a retail store near you starting on Wednesday, September 21st. Please note that we can’t help you transfer your data or contacts from your old phone to your replacement phone in the store. This is due to safety guidelines from the CPSC tied to the recall.”

A source inside the Samsung Experience Shops program has said that BestBuy will resume sales next week, and, hopefully, 60-70% of the current owners will get their exchanged units until September 30. Verizon customers won’t need to wait a month to purchase a “new” Note 7, as sales or exchanges should start today in the US.

We remind you that on September 2, Samsung has announced that the Note 7 battery cell issue has forced the company to stop sales, then a week later, Samsung and CPSC have issued “power down and stop use” guidance. On September 15, CPSC announced voluntary recall and Device Check (IMEI) identification program was launched. Yesterday, Samsung in partnership with Carriers has released firmware update for new Galaxy Note7s and recalled devices, which shows a green battery icon on the status bar located on the upper right corner of the screen. The new icon indicates that the battery of the Note 7 is unaffected.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Samsung can’t have rushed this again surely… the company would be finished… this phone now probably has the safest battery on the market with the amount of testing it’ll have gone through. From a purely selfish point of view… since battery-gate will have trashed consumer confidence in this device, think we could pick up brand new unsold ones on the cheap in about 3 months? It’s a great phone afterall….

  2. I think this issue will force all manufacturers to re-think the idea of non removable batteries, a concept that Apple started with the original iPhone. How much easier it would have been for Samsung to simply swap out the batteries? All my previous pre-smart phone phones, Nokias, Sony Ericsson etc had removables. Fond memories of dropping a Nokia candy bar and having ‘break’ into several components on the floor, and then snapping them altogether again, no harm done.

    Water proofing is not really effected, a rubber seal can deal with that, as the Moto DEFY proved years before Sony launched their Xperias. (I had two DEFYs and neither ever leaked despite frequent intentional dunking in beer and such!)

  3. Tech may be better now – but all swappable-battery-phones I have ever owned have ended up useless because of dirt plus wear and tear around the battery connections. And that includes the expensive but dumb phones at work. I’ll stick with the unibody design…

  4. No, the fact it exploded was the issue, not that it wasn’t removable. They’ll just need better testing.

  5. this phone now probably has the safest battery on the market with the amount of testing it’ll have gone through

  6. I don’t know what chutzpah means but I now love that word. And I don’t know why. Lol

  7. Why would they drop the price?

    I can see giving people who had to return their phone a little bonus or something, but why would a new unaffected customer get to buy it at a reduced price?

  8. Because prior to the recall they had only sold 1 million of the 2.5 million that had been shipped to stores. That means it didn’t have a very high selling rate even before the recall, and certainly won’t see better sales rates post-recall.

    Let’s see.. the phone also can’t be used on planes (I doubt the flight attendants will be checking IMEIs to ensure safety), the phone already is on the higher end of pricing even compared to the iPhone, it’s seeing limited availability in stores currently which will hurt overall sales, and it’s hard to have a discussion with anyone about a Note 7 without the subject of an explosion coming up. Everyone knows what’s plagued this phone and they now have another major option to choose from. If Samsung doesn’t put up sales incentives they will cement their own failure.

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