Bloomberg: AT&T considers stopping Samsung Note 7 sales


A second Galaxy Note 7 recall might not be the only headache Samsung could possibly have to deal with. Citing a person familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that U.S. carrier AT&T considers ultimately cancelling sales of the defective phablet. The final decision is said to be revealed soon.

Currently, all four national carriers offer alternative smartphones to customers who want to return their Note 7 handsets. After the recall, sales of supposedly safe units resumed around the 25th of September. Alas, an incident in which a replacement Galaxy Note 7 ignited upon boarding a Southwest Airlines Co. airplane, along with other reports of replacement units catching fire, has sparked another controversy.

Samsung has already lost billions of dollars with its Note 7 recall and is now facing a second one, or stopping Note 7 sales altogether. Both scenarios will tarnish the brand and impose signifucant financial tolls. Samsung's major mobile product for the second half of 2016 is unable to compete effectively against the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and Google is embarking on a high-profile marketing campaign for its new Pixel handsets. Samsung could very well pay its respects to the Note 7 and move on to its next flagship smartphone, announcing it earlier than expected in order to sustain the brand and make up for the financial losses caused by the defective phablet.

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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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64 Comments

2. Diego!

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Bring Samsung Galaxy S8 on Sammy! Turn around the page and start a new chapter! ☺

28. path45th

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Turn around the page or simply close the book...

3. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

This is just one phone, maybe two. Could have happened to any other new and 'safe' phone. If the incidents increase then yeah, this Note series would be ruined.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree One was already proven to be a scam and the other one has not been 100% proven to be real.

10. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

All it takes is one phone, one time under these circumstances. Phone was already under a recall, FAA warns against using Note 7's on planes and a "good" phone actually started smoking while on a plane. If this last incident is true it has to be the worst timing in the history of electronic products. I wouldn't be surprised if the FAA prevents anybody with a Note 7 from boarding a plane even if Samsung says the device is fixed. The only thing Samsung can do if FAA bans the phone is to completely pull the device off the market. Once the FAA bans it others will follow. Imagine movie theaters banning the phone over smoke/fire risk.

36. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

This is more like a wake up call to the tech industry that they NEED to switch to safe chemistry batteries. If a stupid simple defect is enough to cause electronics to set your butt on fire, then that is a HUGE public safety issue. Samsung isn't the only one that had a device or 2 catch on fire. iPhone, I'm sure, is leading that pack in the number of incidents, mostly because of the number of years iPhone has been around and how many millions (or a billion) iPhones have been sold from every generation combined. That's a lot of volatile batteries circulating the globe. I hate lithium ion batteries. Ecigs had to move to IMR, so can the cellphone industry. It's the one damn thing in cellphones that refuses to change, after all these years.

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Note 7 had the potential to be the phone of the year. Everything was there. Headphone jack, fast charging, kickass display, fast charge etc. Unfortunately it seems like Fate had other plans. Samsungs hero phone has turned out to be its worst nightmare.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Crazy turn of events huh? I just can't part with mine this time. I'm chancing it.

19. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Be careful man. I want one just as badly as the next person but I can't take a chance of it combusting on me.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Fa sho bro.

15. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

You had me at "headphone jack."

37. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

This Ian probably the last time you'll see one. Everyone will follow apple soon.

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Very saddening indeed. Its Exynos variant has everything I want in a Smartphone, and it's going to be my first ever Samsung smartphone (if nothing very intriguing comes in the S8 and potentially in the Note 8 too), just to be hit by this fiasco...hope they get it all sorted out soon.

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Sammybot will curse ATT downhill if they do this

6. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

"Samsung has already lost billions of dollars with its Note 7 recall " Source please. Market cap is up, all time high.

25. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

google "Samsung losing billions". There may be one or two (or 100) links on it.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Samsung should reevaluate how they want to handle this. On one hand, they can take all Note 7 units off the shelves as a precaution, but that would undoubtedly damage the Note brand indefinitely. Or they can continue to supply units hoping for minimal incident. At this point, it's hard to argue as to what the actual cause of the problem is. Some say it could be a circuitry issue. Some a component issue. Regardless, Samsung is in a tough spot without carrier support.

14. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Even if all the safe note7's had zero chance of a fire, their will be those to claim it caught fire. There was already 26 false reports. Whether true or not people have already set fires and blame Samsung like the Jeep guy. Or the 6 year old the fire was blamed on the note7 turns out it wasn't a note it was a core prime. We still need to figure out the cause of that fire first. The problem Samsung has is that no Samsung phone can catch fire EVER because the media will blow it up. That's hard to do because it happens to phones. iPhones can catch fire too, and they do. But like I said every note 7 made could be safe, zero fires, there will still be those claim their phones caught fire with false reports. Even if Samsung discontinued the note7 just to keep people from crying wolf, people would just cry wolf on other Samsung phones.

38. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

You just can't accept the fact that Samsung messed up this time can you? People, it's time to put the hate aside and check out the iPhone 7 Plus it's freaking amazing. Or if you just can't side with iOS, LG has probably phone if he year on their hand. V20

46. acruzlu unregistered

You're forgetting about the iPhone 7 that caught fire. I wpuld rather have a phone allegedly blow up in my face than touch that piece of junk.

16. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Yep if the safe batteries are still exploding then it was never the batteries. The most likely culprits are the charging circuits built into the batteries themselves or the one on the phone.

33. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I'm pretty sure the only reasonable culprit for exploding Samsungs is Steve Job's ghost. He's back from the dead to blow $!!!7 up.

34. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol, literally going thermonuclear on Samsung... In all seriousness though, I frankly, wouldn't put it past apple to plan something like this. Given all the other immoral BS they already do, from telling lies, to stealing patents, to blatantly stifling competition, to suing inventors for not licensing their patent to them at the price they demand, to price fixing, to bypassing tax payments, to forcing planned obsolescence on their old devices, etc. (let me know if you want sources for each), it's not hard to believe them hiring a bunch of con artists to stifle their biggest rival...even if that were the case, sadly, I can still imagine die-hard fans defending this immoral BS with "businesses don't have a moral compass".

39. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

You act like apple is the first of its kind to do this. And Apple is doing phenomenal as an American company. They are winning and people like to hate because they can't be in the same position as them or because they want to feel "Cool" like you. Hell, if I were CEO of apple, I would be protecting my business and product line too. Da fuq.

67. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Easy with the asinine assumptions there. I simply stated I'm not putting it past apple to plan something like this, they have the resources, culture and history to do something as bullish, immoral and anti-competitive as it...

52. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

God you're petty, and paranoid.

9. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

The Note 7 is finished, even Samsung knows that. Samsung is undoubtedly trying to figure out a way to extricate themselves from this disaster and move on.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm keeping mine, and will be getting the Note 8 on launch day. Hate this is happening, but there's not another phone I'd rather have. Maybe Samsung should focus on the Note 8. It's gotta be a major headache for them, and it may just get worse. Scammers will try to cash in, and each scam will hurt more and more. I think the southwest incident was probably a scam to get an iPhone, or it could've been exactly what he said it was. Either way, this is killing Samsung. Mine stays, unless and until something happens to it. I'm not going to give up this one. It's far too good and works way to well. Going back to my 6S Plus makes me cringe when I think of the versatility and features I lose. Insert explosion trokes here________

26. Furbal unregistered

Got mine today. Will have to put it through its paces tomorrow and see if it acts up. Hope all is good, I want a large screen phone again since I sold my mate 8 -_-

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think the replacements are good to go man. Enjoy your Note, I love mine, and won't trade it. Apple helped me make my decision, by giving me absolutely nothing I wanted in the new iPhone, thus giving me absolutely no reason to buy it.

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