Last month Samsung went further than ever in trying to ensure that all Galaxy Note7 units sold in New Zealand are returned following its discontinuation of the device. Working with the carriers over there, the company has basically shut down mobile network access for those Note7 handsets still in the wild. This move has apparently proved successful, since Samsung is now getting ready to do the exact same thing in neighboring Australia.
Starting on December 15, if you have a Note7 in Australia you won’t be able to use it on any of the mobile networks over there. It will essentially be cut off from the mobile infrastructure, meaning it will only connect to Wi-Fi networks from that point on. Samsung clearly hopes that this will finally convince the “small number” of holdouts to return their devices. After all, these are the people who can live with their phones only charging up to 60%.
Samsung’s even throwing in $250 in “a specific partner offer” that hasn’t been detailed yet, but only if you choose to replace your Note7 with a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. This is on top of the refund for the difference between the two sales prices, of course. The $250 offer will be valid until December 22, and at some point the page at the Source link below will be updated to tell us more about it. Before the end of the year we should find out exactly what caused the Note7 fires.
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Unreturned Samsung Galaxy Note7 units in New Zealand will soon be disconnected from mobile networks