It seems that the report how US carriers will restart Note 7
sales not earlier than October 21
were dead wrong, as Verizon and Sprint have the reworked "safe" units in stock and ready to ship as we speak, while T-Mobile and AT&T are commencing exchanges today, September 21, just as Samsung announced
. AT&T will have new Note 7 units in stock today for all those who purchased before September 15, states the carrier.
Yes, T-Mobile is already swapping old Note 7s for the new batch
, as per tips from our readers, and a statement on its website: "You can head into a retail store near you starting on Wednesday, September 21st. Please note that we can’t help you transfer your data or contacts from your old phone to your replacement phone in the store. This is due to safety guidelines from the CPSC tied to the recall
." What, no sappers on retainer, T-Mobile?
Meanwhile, a tipster of ours who works for the Samsung Experience Shops program in BestBuy pegs the sales restart commencing en masse for as soon as next week. They were told by Samsung America that the re-release will be in full swing when 60-70% of the current owners have pegged their units for exchange, and, according to their estimates, this milestone will be hit in the September 25-30 period.
There you have it, it seems that you won't have to wait a month to get your hand on a "new" Note 7 unit, as Verizon calls it above. Furthermore, if the sales or exchanges are starting today at US carriers, this will make it about three weeks from Samsung's recall announcement
to stocking the revamped units in the shops, not bad for a quick reaction to a major fault, at least mitigating the intangible brand damage somewhat.
Thanks for the tips!