Updated – via BBC Business News Samsung is set to axe the Note 7. Now confirmed by Samsung.
Samsung went on record last night with the following statement –
“We are working with relevant regulatory bodies to investigate the recently reported cases involving the Galaxy Note7. Because consumers’ safety remains our top priority, Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note7 while the investigation is taking place.
We remain committed to working diligently with appropriate regulatory authorities to take all necessary steps to resolve the situation. Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note7 or replacement Galaxy Note7 device should power down and stop using the device and take advantage of the remedies available.”
This is not good news but now Samsung has to salvage its reputation. In reality there is no such thing as bad publicity, however, it will take a while for Samsung to recover from this. I hope for those people who bought the Note 7 from a different country and now cannot return them, that Samsung locally provides the means to get a return and refund. Currently Samsung has not to date offered a satisfactory solution to this issue.
If you have a Gear VR, Occulus have disabled Note 7 support.
The next question is who is going to rush and be the first to own the Samsung Galaxy S8 next year?