Samsung promises to get rid of its Galaxy Note 7 stockpiles with minimal damage to the environment

Samsung promises to get rid of its Galaxy Note 7 stockpiles with minimal damage to the environment
In a public statement issued earlier today, Samsung said that it is reviewing methods of limiting the environmental impact generated by the discontinued Galaxy Note 7. 

The world's largest smartphone manufacturer did not detail its plans regarding the recalled units.

Samsung had sold more than 3 million Galaxy Note 7 units before issuing the second and final recall following reports of exploding batteries. With multiple lawsuits headed its way, the electronics giant is probably looking at ways to avert any further damage to its profit and reputation. Here are just some of the PR and courtroom nightmares that Samsung is currently going through:

Unfortunately, 3 million phones represent only a fraction of total yearly electronic waste generated by the smartphone upgrade cycle. Acting as an intermediary to electronic waste, smartphone waste is disastrous for the environment. Data shows that more than 1 billion smartphones continue to be sold each year and that most smartphone users replace their smartphones once every three years. 

On the environmental front, the concept of modular phones partially exists as a means of limiting smartphone waste. The main goal of Phonebloks, the project that Google's Ara is based upon, was to reduce electronic waste.

source: Reuters

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1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Send them to outer space.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

send them to north korea...

2. shadad

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

the hell? Give me one at less for free lol. I dont care if its gonna explode :D

23. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Hell, give me a dozen or more! I would remove the glass back and turn it into a phone with removable battery! Much less danger of thermal runaway

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what a waste... the only problem is the battery, other component is perfectly fine,,, all they need is design new battery and fix the flaw from previous battery (unless they still cant find the cause) rebrand it as S7edge pro or something, and sell it for $400, lol...

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'd buy that s**t.

24. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yes what a gutless move by Samsung. Their chief concern is to protect themselves from any law suits and preserve corporate image, rather than thinking how they can make the best phone and get the best deal for their loyal customers!

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or they could re-use it as new year's firework

6. Eraman

Posts: 164; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

They won't destroy them all for sure, the CPU and the motherboard and the screen will be used for another time or to refurbishe some other phones, or just Samsung will make a new cheap phone using those parts, don't forget that you're talking about "Samsung"

7. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

And would you blame them? If it is only the batteries at fault then of course they should use millions of pounds worth of screens and processors

8. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

The Note 7 internals are no way cheap..

10. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"or just Samsung will make a new cheap phone using those parts, don't forget that you're talking about "Samsung" They would only be doing what any company would do. Just like Apple using old phone parts to make the SE. Do you think if Ford had a full blown recall on a car because the motor would blow up that they wouldn't use other parts of that car to remake it or another car that the parts could be used on.

13. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Destroying them will create a lot of hazardous waste. Dumping rare earth minerals into landfills is a really bad idea and recycling is a much better option for the environment and Samsung. If Samsung goes in loss and starts asking more for fabs, all Qualcomm phones will get more expensive. I'm sure you don't want that.

25. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Unfortunately, no. Every Samsung phone has different circuit board and components. Even camera, even I they were same across several models use different thin film connectors. And Samsung is not likely to provide repair and replacement service for the Note 7 holdout users either! It's all to the trash dump for Samsung!

11. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I'd take one for free lol

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man me too. I miss mine like crazy, simply too much the iPhone doesn't do.

14. acruzlu unregistered

Likewise, I miss mine too. The s7 edge is not bad, but it ain't no note 7.

15. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

There is still some still in the wild. Not everyone turn their Note in.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, I am starting to agree with others about how strange it is once the note 7 was put out of production how all of a sudden it went from 1 or 2 a week catching fire to none even though there is something like a million phones still out there. Funny to how all the people that reported it was sporting new iPhones. I though people were dumb at first for saying that but I am starting to change my mind. Starting, did say I totally have. I know this is my opinion and most will disagree and that fine, we are all in title to are opinions even if we disagree or not.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

Common sense: The world wasn't aware and negligent with note7s before, but now everyone knows, and either returned it or watching it like crazy and using it with caution.

26. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

So how is watching it like crazy help when Note 7 has sealed in battery? I mean if it had removable battery, you can yank out the battery if phone is too hot, but there is no way to stop a thermal runaway in a sealed in battery phone like Note 7!

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Stop charging or turn it off it if it gets warm/hot.

17. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Samsung, you are a damage for the environment.

22. cheetah2k

Posts: 2322; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Much like Apple are damage for the brain

18. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I don't see why they don't disassemble the Note 7, put the same battery form the Note 5 in it, switch to microUSB, and re-release it as the Note 6?

27. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Wonderful idea, why is Samsung brass never thought of such a great idea? Samsung must have really stodgy yes-men executive team in place.

19. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Shame. Could of been a perfectly suitable stump for thousands of doors all over the world. Such a waste.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

This is such a SamsungArena site. Instead of saying that the stockpile of returned/unused Note 7s is going to make an impact on the environment they conveniently covering it up with selective title - what does "minimal" means. Am I right? (LoL, just having fun - this is what certain android faithful would say if it was an Apple article).

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