If you still have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 it could become completely useless in less than a week, as Samsung is seemingly disabling the remaining handsets in the US.
While not officially confirmed, The Verge was alerted of a text message supposedly sent to a Note 7 owner on US Cellular, stating that on December 15 Samsung would modify the Note 7’s software to prevent it from charging.
It’s a move that would make sense, given that Samsung has already restricted US Galaxy Note 7 handsets from charging beyond 60%, and is going even further in Canada, by cutting off all data connections to the handset.
A sign of things to come
Assuming this text message is genuine it still leaves the question of if and when other US networks will prevent Note 7’s from charging, but the answers are likely yes and soon, since it wouldn’t make much sense just to target US Cellular.
And for those outside the US this is a sign that similar measures could be arriving around the world too.
We can’t understand why anyone would still be holding onto the Note 7, given that it’s unsafe and in many locations has been crippled by Samsung, but if you are you can still return it for an exchange or refund.
We’ve asked Samsung for a comment on this development and are waiting to hear back.