Samsung to cut battery charge functionality in all those Note 7 holdouts that remain

Samsung is done with the Note 7 saga, it seems, as it plans to push out an update that will completely stop recharging for those who still hold on to their dear phablet in Korea, endangering themselves and maybe others in the process. There are still a bunch of folks who find it hard to part with the Note 7, and there are even online groups and threads for owners of active Note 7 units, and Samsung apparently will be targeting those in the final acts of the Vikings Note 7 saga. 

US carriers already did something similar by shutting down access to their networks, and limiting the Note 7 charging capacity, but now Samsung is going all out, it seems, and will try to completely shut down all of its exploding kittens that remain for good. 

We'll see how this pans out, given that those rogue warriors who still rock a Note 7 are perhaps impervious to any OTA updates, so if Samsung manages to kill its phablet from afar, it will be some CIA-level hacking right there, but we are sure we'll be hearing more on how the process is developing pretty soon anyway.

source: Korea Herald

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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 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

What is techie gonna do now? Oh I forgot, his note 7 runs for months on a single charge anyway, so he will buy an S8 before his note 7 goes the way of dodo.

3. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 624; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Just don't do the update or install a ROM he will be fine no need to worry about him, worry about yourself and others. I don't think he worries about you guys and your purchases when he goes to bed at night.

15. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

He is worry about others. Techie could put others at risk with his behavior. I'm sure his phone is impervious to these shutdowns. He has like 2 or 3 of them too?

5. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Shamesung wants to force to 'upgrade' to the new explosive Note 8. So they will force you again to upgrade to the new explosive Note 9. Nice move Shamesung !

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They arent trying to force you to do anything. They are yrying to keep us safe. My Note 7 has blocked OTA updates The onmy problem is i can e er factory reset thr phone, because all the apps that blocl uodates on thr Note 7, samsung has contact devs to break them. T-Mobile has not block Note 7 network access. I domt know any carriers thst actually did. Mayne VZW?

18. miketer

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

He'll be fine. This update is for Korean users.

22. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Mines work fine I wonder how Samsung will cut me off and all there attempts hasn't worked? Everything they need to shut it down is disabled or removed.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

NOOO... after the article that any flagship iPhone model by itself in the last couple of years sells easily more than any Samsung device - this is going to really break his mind... He's the real loyal customer that he accuses iPhone "sheeps" to be....bless his heart...

4. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Just provide update that unable to turn on the device...

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or push update to force the processor to run at 100% while charging, make it overheat and then explode

9. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013


14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Well, Package Disabler does disable OTA updates. In fact, there are several ways to evade this software restrictions from Samsung.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It doesn't on thr Note 7. I was using it. The dev updated it an didnt tell.users about the removal of blocking Note 7 OTA uodates. So i like ma y installed thr older version. Not the server has ock new and old licences at Samsungs request. Then i found Cryo and its now blocked too. But as long as i dont reset or remove the app, OTA is still blocked.

11. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

That'll end ISIS' plans for world domination via exploding Note 7's. Poor fellas!

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can't wait to read Techie's typo filled rant about this one.

16. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Next time I'm back to this article there will be long essays to read. Note to self. Buy some soda. Grab big bag pop corn. And be ready 3,2,1, and

17. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I feel for the closet note 7 users. They were the last of the resistance. They truly felt they were holding on to a grail piece that could possibly be worth thousands a few yrs down the line... This could be the final nail in the coffin... A moment of silence for them please.

19. algair

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

What a good idea Samsung ! They'll block my phone one day before ANNOUNCING the next one, not even the day before they'll release it ! What did they guess ? "Note7 consumers will buy a new phone, and then they'll also buy a S8 or Note8, or both !" Well, no. I need a phone now, not one month later. So maybe this will be the occasion to see what other brands are doing, or to give Apple a try... One again, well done Samsung...

20. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LOL This is called karma...

21. Jdzspace

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Again, this won't effect anyone, everyone who still has the phone had updates disabled/blocked. Fake news

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

My Note 7 is GSM unlocked. So if TMo blocks it, i will simply buy my own SIM for it. Samsung cant get OTA updates on phones thst have them blocked.

27. corvette72778

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The author lied. The source is a Korean news company reporting on Note 7s in Korea. Nowhere does the article say US models. Hey the author got you to click though. Lol

26. corvette72778

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Bad article because the source clearly says the update is for Korea but the author mixes in his own interpretation by adding US models too. There really is fake news.

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