Samsung to sell refurbished Note 7s after all


Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 has turned out to be a very enigmatic handset - despite the massive recall at the end of 2016, many people are still interested in the device. At the end of this February, several rumors indicated that refurbished Note 7s would be sold in emerging markets starting from June, but these speculations were quickly dispelled by Samsung India. 

However, if the latest report from Reuters is anything to go by, there now appears to be a twist in the tale. The international news agency reports that Samsung Electronics has said that it plans to sell refurbished Note 7s after all, as several different surveys indicated that there are no other problems with the handsets except for the batteries. 

The tech giant came out with a statement today, crudely outlining the roll-out of the entire process: 


This basically means that release dates and markets will be selected by the company after it establishes the level of interest in a given area and upon receiving the green light from local governments. No specifics were given as to how exactly are those phones refurbished, but an entirely new battery with a smaller capacity (3,000 to 3,200 mAh) seems more than compulsory. Note 7 units that are unfit for refurbishment will be broken down into parts which will be reused or sold. 


source: Reuters

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68 Comments

1. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1050; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

This should've been the solution after the 2nd recall wen the batteries were clearly to blame

13. Phonehex

Posts: 759; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Well , they fixed the problem , 6 months later . Now if they sell these for 500$. Itll be an absolute steal. !!

15. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1050; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Definitely, but will they offer a Nougat update?

21. ayylmao

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

they should.

23. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

I'm using my note7 right now. The world's best phone I worked hard to keep service and 100% battery. Samsung never getting this phone back. If i had it my way I would get a few more but ppl who still have one want let it go unless you offer them a crap load of money

27. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1050; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I held onto mine until Verizon tried charging my account the Retail price of the phone to my account. Then I had to return it :(

42. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Verizon was lying the forums said not one single person got charged. They cant charge you for a recall device.

49. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1050; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I had the charge on my Verizon account. But 24 hrs after Fed-ex received my package the charge was gone

28. audibot

Posts: 608; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

well dont update it because samsung is about to brick the charging part of the phone to stop holdouts like you, i miss mine i hate my gs7

32. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Woah, @bobby84, I dig you man! :D

44. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Ok Mr. i-want-to-hold-up-everyone-on-the-airplane/train-w​hen-my-phone-catches-on-fire-because-im-a-retarded​-samsung-fanboy.

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

$500? No, like 300. They are talking about emerging markets and such and its a phone that they have to basically beg you to take because of its rep. Breaking even or losing a few pennies is much better than throwing them away and losing a lot of money. At 300 I would totally get one and at least hold on to it until the N8 came out.

53. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

500 dollars is fair for such a device. It's reputation is not completely destroyed. Besides, Samsung knows better than anyone what a 3rd recall could do with their brand image. If they re-re-release Note7, chances are this would be the safest phone on earth because the whole reputation of Samsung and its expertise would be hanging in the balance. I'd pay 500 dollars to get one and i reckon others will as well.

61. dimas

Posts: 3349; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

A $490 note 7 with 3300mah battery sounds fair already.

62. dimas

Posts: 3349; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They should also change the name, Note 7R or memopad or something. It's too dumb to use 'note 7' again since most airports in the world won't lift the ban on it.

26. audibot

Posts: 608; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

or just put a metal back that would give it more room or better both

63. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yup. I totally want one, if it's a deal.

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

This is going to blow the competition away. Best bang for your buck.

11. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Just keep in mind you will still have a difficult time traveling with these "refurb" Note 7's. I'm pretty sure the FAA has closed the book on these, so they will remain flight contraband indefinitely. Might make a nice little mini tab for home use though.

14. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1050; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

If you read the article it says it all depends on consultation with Regulatory Authorities. So if the FAA says the ban stays, then the US won't get them. But other countries still may

30. audibot

Posts: 608; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

cant because its a repaired item and other phones are still blowing up, so they would have to stop all phones and laptops and anything with li battery thats not happening just put a samsung fireproof bag in the seat incase it gos boom you can drop it in the bag and stop the smoke and fire from spreading just like when the shipped them back

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Punny, very punny.

3. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

My wallet is ready.

6. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Unfortunately, sounds like the battery will be smaller.

55. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

Well, i hope that they optimize the $hit out of Grace UX so that they can make up for loss in battery capacity.

12. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Too ready. Note 7 was the closest thing to perfect phone I've ever had. My s7 edge is great but id pay whatever to have that spen back.

24. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

I'm on my note 7 now. Of course you got your samsung haters when you tell them u have the note 7. But I show them my camera and screen combo to Samsung, iPhone 7 plus users and other users and everyone I'm mean everyone is absolutely amazed at the quality. Even the most die hard apple fans get it it's respect.

34. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Oh s**t, bobby84. I dig you, bruh. #Note7rules

58. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

I hope Mxyzptlk and Unordinary do not see this.

64. Tipus

Posts: 858; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

I hope they do and their eyes started to bleed. Lol

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