Following a similar effort in New Zealand back in November, Sammy is now teaming up with carriers in neighboring Australia to extract the remaining few Note 7 devices. After the recall and cancellation, Samsung has sought to accelerate the recall in a number of ways, incluing global, forcible software updates that greatly reduce the device's battery life. Now, it's been revealed that a "network discontinuation" process will commence Down Under from December 15th, with carriers set to essentially cut off those remaining Note 7 owners.
This move, which will stop users from making calls, sending texts or using mobile data, should finally persuade loyalists to part with the Note 7 after an admirable fight. To soften the blow, Samsung is offering to exchange the device for a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge along with a refund on the difference in price, and AU$250 worth of credit for the customer to spend at their place of purchase.