UPDATED: Samsung to Remotely Brick Every Galaxy Note7 Left in the Wild

UPDATE: According to TechCrunch, Verizon is refusing to push the update over its network. According to a statement they made on the situation:

Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note7 users that do not have another device to switch to. We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.

Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile have all announced that they plan to proceed with the bricking on their networks, per Samsung’s request. Original article follows.

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Samsung wants to make sure remaining Note7 smartphones are reclaimed as part of their recall. The company says it is taking “bold steps” to ensure that happens…later this month, the company will push an update which will make the phones impossible to charge or to connect to cellular systems.

Consumer safety remains our highest priority and we’ve had overwhelming participation in the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program so far, with more than 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 devices returned.

To further increase participation, a software update will be released starting on December 19th and will be distributed within 30 days. This software update will prevent U.S. Galaxy Note7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices. Together with our carrier partners, we will be notifying consumers through multiple touchpoints to encourage any remaining Galaxy Note7 owners to participate in the program and to take advantage of the financial incentives available.

Anyone who has not yet returned their device should immediately power it down and contact their carrier to obtain a refund or exchange, or visit our website at Samsung.com/us/note7recall for more information.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 smartphones were recalled earlier this year due to multiple reports of batteries catching fire, in some notable cases destroying users’ cars and homes.

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