Though most Samsung Note 7 owners have returned their model for a refund or exchange by now, some are defiantly holding onto the handset. It’s understandable, since the cancelled phablet is pretty great. Strong potential for spontaneous combustion is quite the caveat, though, and those continuing to use the Note 7 are putting themselves — and others around them — at risk. Whilst these units are still in the wild, Samsung also remains susceptible to damaging reports and as such, the firm is upping the ante in attempts to prise the Note 7 away from Australian consumers.
Following a similar effort in New Zealand back in November, Sammy is now teaming up with carriers in neighboring Australia to extract the remaining few Note 7 devices. After the recall and cancellation, Samsung has sought to accelerate the recall in a number of ways, incluing global, forcible software updates that greatly reduce the device’s battery life. Now, it’s been revealed that a “network discontinuation” process will commence Down Under from December 15th, with carriers set to essentially cut off those remaining Note 7 owners.
This move, which will stop users from making calls, sending texts or using mobile data, should finally persuade loyalists to part with the Note 7 after an admirable fight. To soften the blow, Samsung is offering to exchange the device for a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge along with a refund on the difference in price, and AU$250 worth of credit for the customer to spend at their place of purchase.