Three of four major U.S. cell phone carriers have agreed to render their customers’ Note 7 devices non-functional, to protect those still using the recalled device from its dangerous battery defects. Samsung recalled the devices two months ago, and 93% of the devices have been returned. Now, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint will release a Samsung-developed update to “brick”, or remove all functionality from the remaining Note 7 devices. These customers will still be able to participate in the recall.
T-Mobile will push the update first, on Dec. 27, while the others will begin early next year.
Verizon has refused to release the update, citing its own safety concerns. Verizon spokesperson Jeffrey Nelson explained that Verizon did not want to leave Note 7 users without means of communication in case of emergencies during the busy holiday season.
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