Not even the exploding batteries have stopped die-hard fans of Samsung’s ill-fated Note 7 from using the remaining phablets that are still in the wild. However, Samsung wants all Note 7 devices to be safely returned and is working on a software update that will render the remaining Notes in the United States useless, according to Samsung’s official blog post and a statement given to The Verge.

More than 93 percent of all recalled Notes have been returned in the United States through Samsung’s official Note 7 Refund and Exchange Program.

“To further increase participation, a software update will be released starting on December 19 that will prevent U.S. Galaxy Note 7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices,” said Samsung.

A Samsung spokesperson told The Verge:

Together with our carrier partners, we will be notifying consumers through multiple touch points to encourage any remaining Galaxy Note 7 owners to participate in the program and to take advantage of the financial incentives available.

A previous software update from Samsung has already prevented Note 7 devices from being charged past 60 percent. Samsung has also said that it will soon be disabling all wireless functions on the Note 7 devices sold in Canada.

If you have not yet returned your Note 7, Samsung advises you immediately power it down and contact your carrier to obtain a refund or exchange. As mentioned, the software update will arrive on December 19 and be rolled out within 30 days.

Source: Samsung via The Verge

  • pnh

    Computer. Initiate self destruct sequence.

    “Code zero zero zero. Destruct. Zero.”

    • pegger1

      Abort shutdown. Abort.

  • Anonymouse

    Did the note 7 really need an update to be considered useless?

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  • Rowan09

    People are crazy as hell. Its just a phone not worth the trouble.

  • Darrell Noblin

    Ive seen articles where iphone 7 is catching on fire why arent they labeled as dangerous explosive device’s like the note 7? Why is it that every since the recall it hasent been one single note7 that caught fire (cause none actually exploded) i still have my note7 battery at 100% and I already rooted my phone to where samsung cant do nothing. Thx to my n7rebels family

    • BasedOnAir

      “Can’t do nothing?” Double negatives bro; if they can’t do nothing, then doing something is the only alternative. It amazes me how many people have no idea what they are actually communicating.
      Better alternatives would be “can do nothing” or “can’t do anything.”

      • Anonymouse

        It wasn’t that long ago in the english language that double negatives were considered correct to say.

  • Marcus

    I have a friend that still uses a Note 7

    • Sohail Wahab