The end is nigh for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as the manufacturer has announced a software update rolling out soon that will kill any devices not yet replaced by consumers. Distribution of the update is being handled by carriers in the U.S., which resulted in the situation where Verizon was apparently going to be the lone holdout. In a new update from the carrier, Verizon has reversed course and will issue a patch for the devices in a manner similar to other carriers.
According to information posted to the Verizon web site today, the company plans to release the “kill switch” update on January 5, 2017. The update itself is being released by Samsung on December 19th. T-Mobile says they will push this on out to devices on their network on December 27th, while AT&T is planning for a January 5th release date and Sprint is aiming for January 8th.
When Samsung first announced this update that will kill the Galaxy Note 7, Verizon was hesitant to jump on it as they were concerned that consumers might be left without a working device while traveling during the holiday season. By waiting until early January they avoid this problem while also being consistent with the rest of the market.
Although the update may not drop on January 5th, Verizon is urging customers to be more proactive by going ahead and powering down their device and securing a replacement device as soon as possible.
The update itself is intended to prevent the Galaxy Note 7 from charging and will eliminate “the ability for it to work as a mobile device.”