Samsung had a previous wireless phone recall in 1994

Samsung had a previous wireless phone recall in 1994
What makes the "unofficial" recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 such a heartbreak for Samsung is that the phablet was selling extremely well. This was going to be a spectacular year for Sammy. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge got the year off to a great start as the manufacturer was obviously listening to its customers. Popular features that had been removed on the Samsung Galaxy S6, like the IP certification for dust and waterproofing of the device, and the microSD slot, had returned on 2016's flagship phones. It quickly became apparent that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were the top Android handsets to beat in early 2016.

And the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 kept the momentum going. The first Note to offer a waterproof build, Samsung even added an iris scanner. But just as Samsung's shares hit an all time high on the back of a positive launch for the high-end phablet, news came out about two Galaxy Note 7 units that exploded while charging

While Samsung is getting mostly high marks for taking quick action to halt shipping and sales of the phone, and for helping carriers set up exchange offers, the company is taking heat from Consumers Reports for not making it an official recall. Doing so would get other governmental agencies involved, and would make it illegal to sell the phone for now. Samsung is going to take as much as a $1 billion hit on a phone that they should have been making big bucks with.

Interestingly enough, this is not the first time that Samsung has had to deal with a recall of a phone, official or not. In 1994, Samsung rolled its first wireless phone off of the assembly line. While the technology was widely lauded, 11.8% of these handsets were defective and 150,000 units had to be sent back to Samsung. 2,000 employees watched as the handsets were destroyed right in front of them, probably to drum in to their minds a lesson learned about product quality.

source: AndroidAuthority

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31 Comments

1. Tom5521

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 04, 2016

Samsung has dropped the soap and now Apple is ready to come behind and...

4. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Sorry Samsung.. maybe it's your punishment for being apple wannabe lately.. and removing basic features such as IR blaster, user replaceable batteries, FM radio of which Royal fun base loved you with than Apple but continued to disregard them... we loved you but the M1 explosives armoury of non_user replaceable batteries loved you more :-\^_^

32. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Damn Bm888 you speak nothing but the truth, couldn't have said better myself, totally agree with you

5. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Sorry Samsung.. maybe it's your punishment for being apple wannabe lately.. and removing basic features such as IR blaster, user replaceable batteries, FM radio of which Royal fun base loved you with than Apple but continued to disregard them... we loved you but the M1 explosives armoury of non_user replaceable batteries loved you more :-\^_^

2. tedkord

Posts: 17409; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ummm...ok.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

80% of the article ... had nothing to do with the sensationalist headline. Can't wait until the Apple event so they can stop beating this dead horse and try to push some product for the master.

3. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

What is with this fascination with Samsung recalls?

7. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Ikr, they can't criticize Samsung on making a great product because they do so they just want to hate on the recall. It's been recalled and the issue took care of. Yet haters still feel good knowing they got something to hate on.

16. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

It's a big deal.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17409; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The 1994 recall is a big deal? The current one is being handled, damned quickly.

19. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Yes, recalls are a big deal.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17409; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're really not. Most cars have several over their lives. This one isn't even affecting me at all.

21. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

They are a big deal. Car recalls and mobile phone recalls are completely different, and most certainly should not be compared.

26. ChickenDinner

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

So because they aren't affecting you, they are not a big deal. Do you hear yourself? You sound very foolish.

25. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

In 1994...NO

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

#recallgate

9. mudcat626

Posts: 230; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Just pointing out Samsungs illustrious history.......

18. tedkord

Posts: 17409; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Wow, another recall two decades ago. How will they live down the shame?

10. Fona13A unregistered

Wow what did Samsung do, Alan, put a mortgage on your house?

13. Fona13A unregistered

I wonder if Alan ever had a Labor day in 1994, probably wasn't born then.

22. Alan01

Posts: 623; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

I guarantee that I'm older than you are! Take a guess. Alan

23. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

40+....?

11. Rocket

Posts: 669; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

breaking news, Toyota did a recall last year and Honda too ;)

12. Rocket

Posts: 669; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

another news, im at walmart right now and they have a huge list with things recalled right now lol

14. stevetherican

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

Conversely, 22 years without a recall is pretty damn impressive.

15. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Ok PA. Everyone knows about this recall. Now I'm beginning to wonder if there is another agenda you have? Article after article about Samsung's misfortune. It's ok to move along now.

29. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

This is iphonearena. They have to keep this going with articles so it make te release of icrap look better. If something goes wrong with the iphone 7 you can bet there might be one article about it.

24. fyah_king unregistered

Apple won't have a recall at all. They will tell you that you are charging it wrong. :)

27. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I really wish we could post pics in here so I could drop a bunch of memes about how pointless this article is. Just another reason why I prefer other tech sites that use Disqus & don't suck Apples' d¡€k.

28. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well iphonearena are making sure this recall isn't getting unofficial forgotten.........omfg. I think iphonearena have written more articles of this recall, than they do when a new iPhone is released. And that is pretty big.

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