Remaining Galaxy Note 7 owners will soon lose all cellular coverage in Australia

Remaining Galaxy Note 7 owners will soon lose all cellular coverage in Australia
Though most Samsung Note 7 owners have returned their model for a refund or exchange by now, some are defiantly holding onto the handset. It's understandable, since the cancelled phablet is pretty great. Strong potential for spontaneous combustion is quite the caveat, though, and those continuing to use the Note 7 are putting themselves -- and others around them -- at risk. Whilst these units are still in the wild, Samsung also remains susceptible to damaging reports and as such, the firm is upping the ante in attempts to prise the Note 7 away from Australian consumers. 

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. 

source: c|net

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

wonder what techieXP will do if this happens in the States, hmmmm

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

he'll go totally nuts that's for sure.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I hate it for anyone scrolling here on that day lol......prepare for two continuous pages worth of comments (definitely low balling that prediction....)!

9. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I blame him for the extra wear and tear on my mouse's scroll wheel LOL

15. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

That would be welcome because the other possibility could be bodily harm to self. I don't wish that on anyone even though they might get on my last nerve. I will just have to tune out that day so I don't do bodily harm to my self. Lol.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Let me make sure you understand something. I understand the issue with the Note 7. I also understand my risk. The risk is less riskier then me getting into my car and driving everyday and possibly getting into an accident. I am aware anything Samsung does is for the safety and concern for its customers and to satisfy the CPSC recall policies. The fact is though, the recall is "voluntary". So they can do whatever they want. As they have, they gimped battery-life so for non-techie people cant put ti back, they are burned. I simply ODIN'd back the firmware to what it had before tyhe 60% update. They gimped Samsung Pay and it no longer works on the Note 7. If US carriers block service, so be it. The phone still workson WiFI which is mostly where I use it other than texts. I can use my Note 5 for that. I love my phone. all phones have problems, many have caught fire and even killed people. None have been banned or blocked. They are only doing this to Samsung because they are an outside company. Nothing they do or say, or nothing you say; will make me give up my phone until I decide I want too, which will be never. Mine is paid for. It belongs to me. I never have to turn it in EVER! When the battery dies, I have another I can install. I only plan to keep it until the next Note. After the hassles of 3 exchanges, sitting up for 2+ hours restoring 6 phones and putting my settings back, and making calls to banks to get cards added and removed from Samsung Pay, and all the accessories I bought that I wont get refunds for an more; I deserve to use this phone until whenever. if it blows up, even if I get inured, I won't sue Samsung for my choice knowing I could have already returned the device. My thing is, if it was going to catch fire, it would have already. Its not ever going too as long as I don't get it wet, since the top glass has a small crack in it.

26. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

But why?

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I will tell you exactly what I will do. I paid cash for my phone. Even though I am with T-Mobile, I paid for my SIM card. I can put my SIM into any phone and it will work and since my Note 7 is unlocked, even if T-mobile banned it from the network, I can still use it with other SIM cards. Oh and I still have my Note 5 and the Note 7 still works on WiFi. But even though I paid cash for my Note, I didn't for my wife's Note 7. I actually cracked the glass on mine so, basically whenever I take mine in, I will get a full refund and simly just move over to my wife's phone. I'm only waiting for the S8. I will get the wife the S8 and keep her Note 7 and just turn in mine since mine is cracked and I will still get a 100% Samsung/T-Mobile did push the 60% battery update, but they didn't block the green battery firmware. I simply used ODIN and moved it to the green battery firmware, as the original firmware is blocked. So I can still charge to 100% I already expected it to be the next move. I don't even care. I have an extra battery and I also have a digitizer. So in case i crack the other, I can repair it. If Samsung doesn't release a Note 8, I for myself will never own another Samsung smartphones. Any other phone to me, including the Galaxy S is to much of a step down. At this point I don't care. I will always have "a" Note 7 at least until the Note 8 comes, if it comes. Of they make the S8 with the pen. However, from what I have heard, there will be a Note 8. I will have a Note 7 until then, if then ever happens.

10. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Just thought of an idea. What if instead of returning your phone, you buy and return one of those note 7 fakes where ever they may be. Not saying it would work, jw. Also if Sammy didn't lock the bootloaderr, couldn't users had just flashed a custom ROM and evade all those battery limiters and such?

11. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That sounds like a lot of work tbh.....

17. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Samsung is trading it for a brand new S7, refunding the price difference and giving you $250 credit on top of that. They are basically paying you to return the Note 7. What more do people want. Carriers should have started cutting off service 2 weeks after the second recall.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You IMEI number won't match though and its hard coded to the hardware.

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Techie where are you at?

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Give it back, the 8 series is on the way. The Note 7 was the best ever, but it also had the potential to be the worst ever. Help Samsung out, by doing this solid. Something better is coming in 2017,

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hope you're damn right about that. Keep missing the Note 7 every time I see photos of it...

16. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

What will Samsung call a new Note phone? They have already had a Note 8 tablet

18. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It is strange how no more reports are coming in on the note 7 phones. If they were going to catch fire they would have probably done so by now.


Posts: 655; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Why didn't Samsung just push an update to brick all remaining Note 7's in use? That could save everyone a lot of time and money (FAA/ TSA/ Mobile service providers/ Hospitals/ Insurance companies etc.)

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because its illegal. Because if they bricked a phone and a person was in a emergency situation, they have to be able to call 911. That is a US requirement. Even if you no phone service...landline or otherwise, all phones must be able to make 911 calls. That us a US/FCC requirement for all communications in the USA at the least. If you move to an apartment and you plug a phone in, you can always call just wont be able to call anywhere else. That is why in the US, you get in serious trouble if you are busted with hardware that can block cell phone service.

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