Over 96% of recalled Galaxy Note 7 units have been returned to Samsung

Over 96% of recalled Galaxy Note 7 units have been returned to Samsung
The faulty Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is almost eradicated from public availability, about five months after its worldwide recall began. Samsung announced that over 96% of Galaxy Note 7 phones in the wild have been returned. On these grounds, the U.S. Department of Transportation decided to remove the requirement for airlines to make specific pre-boarding notifications related to dangers of on-board fires sparked by the defective phablet. Last October, the FAA banned the presence of Note 7 phones on any aircraft as the result of a unit exploding on a Southwest Airlines flight.

Prior to issuing a software update in December that disabled Note 7 units from charging, Samsung had received around 85% of the recalled devices. It looks like the rather draconian measure proved a successful decision, as the return rate climbed to 96% in the weeks after.

Samsung is expected to release the results of its investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 this month. The company is still expected to continue the Note series by releasing a successor to the Note 7 in the second half of 2017.

The fate of the remaining 4% of Note 7 devices isn't clear. Hopefully, we won't be hearing about random accidents caused by stray units in the months or years ahead.

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25 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right... just keep it and wait until april... and exchange it for S8 + S-pen (and hope it didn't explode, lol...)

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Samsung won't take the Note7 in direct exchange for any Galaxy S8 model. Samsung had already promised a discount on the S8 for those had purchased the Note7. Keeping the Note7 actually disqualifies the owners from benefiting from the S8 discount, because an owner of the Note7 must return it in order to partake in the discount. But those who have decided to keep their Note7 aren't going to part away from it for whatever reason! I guess you were being sarcastic, anyways.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

96% returned... That's a tough achievement from Samsung, but the remaining 4% are firmly set on keeping their Note7, and Samsung can't do anything about that!

4. cryptonx

Posts: 60; Member since: Jan 05, 2016

with a simple button from any carrier in the world, any note 7 can be stopped from connecting to a 3G/4G network and render it useless as a phone. the remaining 4% are either ignorant people living in caves (highly unlikely) or people who bought it from shady places either to save taxes or stolen or simply stupid idiots who deserve the explosion that they are gonna eventually get,

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"with a simple button from any carrier in the world, any note 7 can be stopped from connecting to a 3G/4G network and render it useless as a phone." Sorry, but have you ever known what Package Disabler is? Or ever heard of custom kernels and firmwares (ROMS)? From disapbling OTAs via Package Disabler, to changing the firmware and modifying the Note7's model number... as well as replacing it's IMEI -- those are stuffs which can prevent OTA updates from blocking the Note7' access to the network and let users evade all theNote7 restrictions. So your firist paragraph (which I quoted) is FALSE.

14. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

There is only so much you can do to a phone with a locked bootloader. I'm assuming bootloader as locked since the note 7 got recalled before the exynos variant had sold much. The snapdragon variant had a locked bootloader and as far as I know, you can't install custom ROMs on it. package disabler can just uninstall system apps at best. It still doesn't grant you root access to stop the phone. As long as you are connected to the internet and Samsung has built safeguards in kernel for these kinds of stuff, you can't stop them from disabling the devices.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yeah, I get your point... But since the Snapdragon version mostly sell in the US or in North America, I assumed that the majority of Note7s owned by consumers all over the world is the Exynos version.

25. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The thing is that most of the world gets products after they get launched in US. Note 7 got recalled before it even released in some countries.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

package disabler 6.3, was teh last one to block OTA updates. The newets ones havs that remove. Also teh server has stopped activating it, so even if you sideload it wont work. So I found this app called Cyro that works perfectly and I blocked updated. The on;y thonk carriers could do is block the IMEI number. As said, it can be changed assuming you can install a custom rom. But I guest Tyrion doesnt know, you dont need to unlock the bootloader to install another rom. They have hacks that bypass teh bootloader, but trips Knox. But you can simply install a customer rom on another part of the partition, leaving the original system in-place. Since the Note 7 had sdcard support, you can use your gifted 256GB sdcard as your storage for all and stuff.

29. techfanatic23

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

Hey how do you change the firmware and modify model number and imei on note 7. I have package disabler running and so far so good.

6. dimas

Posts: 3286; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The remaining 4% are kept by Apple employees amazed by note 7 multi-tasking power.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

some are being "researched" by apple's engineers.. and they'll patent whatever they can found and put it in future iPhone.. while some others are reserved to be exploded after S8 launched... just for reminders...

7. cryptonx

Posts: 60; Member since: Jan 05, 2016

I highly doubt the remaining 4% of idiots who are still holding to their time bombs would know how to do that, even if they did, the issue with the Note 7 is not a software issue, it will blow up eventually causing a deservedly damage to their ignorant owners.

9. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Or maybe, there aren't any issues.

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3091; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The remaining 4% are a stubborn s-sheep.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Remaining 4%... So, you've finally learnt basic math correctly... Well done! LMAO.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nah, he just read the posts above.

27. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

tedkord, the account "samsung_sucks" is the banned hillaryisacriminal troll.

26. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG LMAO, thinks for the morning laugh

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Loving my Note 7. I had 2 left. But mine was cracked on the outer glass, though it all still worked. But I dropped a heavy object on it and it cracked some more. So i swapped it for the S7 Edge and I gave that to my wife to use to keep her safe and I have her Note 7. I'm keeping it until the S8. I could care less if I get the discount on the S8, because I'm on a jump lease. All I habe to do is bring the phone in, in original new shape which it is, and they still have to honor my lease. Either way I win. And since I did turn in 2 Note 7's from 2 carriers, If one doesn't play nice, I will just go to the other.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

96% returned... that explains why there are no more reports of exploding/burning Note7's!!!

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30832; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

TechieXP has the other 4%

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

lol...Nah...I only have 1 Note 7 now!

28. everinm

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

It looks like the Note 7 fiasco as a setup. First, the media started falsely advertising that the Note 7 exploded. But by definition an object that exploded should be into multiple parts, and if you at ALL the Pictures of the "Note 7 Exploded", the Note 7 STILL still on one piece. Even when they drop the Note 7 from a 1000 FT, it remained in one piece. Second, from a total of 26 Fire Incidents of the Note 7, 12 where confirmed as FAKE by Samsung, and the remaining 14 were cancelled claims or cases in which claimants said they threw away their phones. Come on, Samsung is a big company, they should have the balls to push back on all that FAKE propaganda by the media, paid by Apple. There's a lot of videos on YouTube of people trying to make the Note 7 to "Explote", but it never happened. Compared to iPhone 7 explosions, that you can clearly see that it didn't remain on one piece. Third, after the recalls almost 3 months ago there have been ZERO Note 7 incidents, that doesn't sounds weird? Keep in mind that most of the existing Note 7 users have blocked any updates and can still charge their Note 7 to 100% Anyone that understand basic statistics, using the available VERIFIED data can conclude that there's more change you have a car accident DAILY or get strike by lighting that your existing Note 7 gets on fire in the next 2 years. Fourth, SDI Battery are currently in used on multiple smartphones without any issues, and even the Next Galaxy S8 will continue to use them. Let's see what's Samsung Official Statement about the Note 7 investigation.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I didnt block the update for the battery icon. I tried to postpone it, because I did have Package Disabler installed, but it updated to a version that no longer blocks OTA updates. So I ended up being updated. But the updated firmware, didnt block the original firmware with the green battery icon. So I ODIN'd back to that and I installed Package Disabler 6.3 and the server was still signing off for actuvation. But, after I took in my Note 7, because it was cracked; my did a factory reset on my wife's and when I went to install Package Disabler 6.3 which I saved, the server no longer signs off on it. So I couldnt activate and while I was looking for an alternative, by phone was updated again, and i had to ODIN back. I found an app called Cryo which blocks the 2 services that prevent OTA updates. This was removed from Package Disabler. The dev was blasted because he updated the app and orginally didnt tell downloaders the ability to disable Samsung OTA updates was removed. They were blasted and I think now won;t ever get anymore buyers. Certainly not from me dirty dogs. After I pay for the app then the dev wants to be an ass and do this. This is why people sideload apps and dont buy them. Because we do buy apps and then the devs phucks us over.

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