Samsung could soon disable all Galaxy Note 7 units on its home turf, just like in the US

South Korea is the country with the lowest Galaxy Note 7 return rate, even though Samsung has been offering nice incentives to those who previously purchased the device. The handset maker barely took any measures towards restricting the use of the Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea, just like it recently did in Europe and the United States.

As some of you might already know, Samsung pushed a software update to all unlocked Galaxy Note 7 phones in Europe and US, which prevents it from registering with any operator network, and its battery from charging.

Currently, Samsung restricts the Galaxy Note 7 from charging above 60% in South Korea, but that's about it, no other restrictions apply. Of around 950,000 Galaxy Note 7 phones sold in South Korea, there were around 140,000 Galaxy Note 7 units still in use about a week ago.

In order to improve the return rate of the smartphone, a spokesperson from Samsung said that the company plans to push another software update that will restrict the use of the Note 7 even further.

The handset maker has already approached SK Telecom carrier, which agreed to push the said software, but KT and LG Uplus are expected to follow suit.

In addition, Samsung plans to extend the exchange program for the Galaxy Note 7 until the end of January, 2017, as there are still many customers using the phone.

At the moment, the exchange program promises to offer credits that can be used for the purchase of the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 flagships, but these won't be offered after the end of December.

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow




Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

Note 7 increasingly a precious possession.

4. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

This won't stop everyone. Gotta few visit these forums will not follow Samsungs request.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So! It's their choice! Why do you care?

2. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

Galaxy note 8 huh

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

No suprising, as South Korea is undoubtedly is Samsung's stronghold. The exchange/return rate of the Note7 will only see an increase even if Samsung pushes a software to hard-brick the device. But I doubt there are still that many peoole running the original Samsung firmware on their Note7, or if owners of the Note7 haven't yet disabled OTA updates and other services with a Package Disabler software.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Future models should feature force OTA just to be sure all will follow.

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