Verizon makes a U-turn and decides to kill Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices


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.”

source: Verizon

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Jeena Bittenbender

    I figured they would get onboard. People have had more then enough time to turn in their devices.

  • Leopards Spots

    They didn’t do a U Turn. They are waiting until after the holidays just like they said they would.