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Samsung to enforce the use of original accessories only?

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Samsung to enforce the use of original accessories only?
When you're as big as Samsung, you're bound to receive some slaps you didn't exactly deserve, and the Korean tech giant sure knows a thing or two about that. Just recently, we were treated to a series of mishaps, including explosions, that seemingly pointed towards a Samsung phone as the culprit, though to our knowledge, the problem always turned out to be caused by a malfunctioning third-party accessory. These actually include a wide range of products, like batteries, wired and wireless chargers, etc, and many of these are produced with the price being of a bigger concern than quality. It's therefore not surprising to come across reports from Korean media that claim that Samsung is now considering taking a rather drastic measure to avoid the bad publicity in the future, and perhaps even grab a yummy piece of the high-margin accessories market.

ETNews is reporting that Sammy may introduce a dedicated ID chip to its future devices that may end up rejecting accessories that the company deems non-genuine. Seeing as this information is not confirmed, there's obviously a lack of details, though it is within the realm of possibilities that instead of monopolizing the accessories niche outright, the company could license the new tech to partners it considers safe.

Now, this can be both good and bad, and we're fairly sure which angle Samsung will take if this story ends up true. Nobody wants exploding phones (batteries) that hurt people, and you can definitely say that Samsung has received quite a bit of undeserved bashing. On the other hand, there's always the rather cynical possibility that Sammy is planning to turn negative PR into a plus, by using the occasion to crack down on the third-party accessories business and take a fat share home. As we mentioned, the accessories business, especially if these are marketed as original, operates on obscene margins, not to mention that the industry as a whole is on a growth track that could easily salivate even a company as big as Samsung.

Alternatively, this whole ordeal may simply be indicating that Samsung, much like Apple, is introducing the alleged ID chips so that it can simply monitor when a fault is caused by a third-party accessory.

source: ETNews via GforGames

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posted on 23 Oct 2013, 03:35 3

1. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 225; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

After stupid region lock, Knox securty.
This move is good so that it wont hurt poor customers who use fake batteries or chargers like apple for their lightning cable !
Yea its good ! Safety first .

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 14:49

12. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)

yeah, no more spontaneous combustion!

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 03:35 4

2. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 264; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Yea follow Apple.
I thought the whole point was to standardize charging cables so you can use any and not have a draw full of different cables.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:16

4. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:06

5. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

with each new device i buy (lately a 70$ 7" tablet for my 1 year old baby), it comes with a micro usb charger, but i never use this charger for my S4 or my wife's S3 because i know it "might" affect the battery life. So using only original chargers to all my devices would be smart and safe. And anyway the margin between an original and a fake one is like only 10-15$.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:32 4

6. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

Introducing, Samsung "Slightning" cable. Samsung, think slightly different.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 04:26 3

3. coinmanmat (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)

Well I think this is both a good and a bad idea. Its good because Samsung wont catch hell when someone's phone explodes because of some crap 3rd party battery. On the flip side its bad because Samsung will have a monopoly over accessories for its products which are overpriced. (The Samsung Protective case for my Galaxy S4 cost $35 and it should be like a $15 case)

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 18:00

14. Blazers (Posts: 466; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

The. Note 3 and S4 S-View covers cost $60 and should be $40 tops.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 10:34 1

7. Firedrops (Posts: 249; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

It kinda defeats the purpose; just imagine all the bad press they're going to get just by officially announcing this.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 11:10

8. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

I guess we as consumers don't really know what we want. No matter what a certain company do, we will always find a way to complain....

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 11:54

10. Dastrix (unregistered)

Agreed. I mean, for Apple, it's not like they actually had it standardized to begin with, so that was how they intended to do things from the very beginning. But this here, this would really give Sammy a bad reputation for switching things up the Apple way now.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 11:51

9. Dastrix (unregistered)

Oh damn! Sammy going Apple-esque!

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 13:40

11. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

Good choice Samsung. so now all these cheap bastards can't go to Walmart or Amazon & buy cheap chargers & then complain about their phone not holding charge like it should or battery malfunctions.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 15:21

13. 14545 (Posts: 1671; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Nah, if sammy does this they will lose me as a customer. Especially since they have a locked BL on VZW. There really isn't a point to chose them over anyone else. This is a negative, not a positive. What they need to start doing is suing these people that claim samsung is at fault for a 3rd party screwup

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