Which Phones Are Affected?
Authorities have advised all Galaxy Note 7 users to avoid charging their phones on planes, trains, or buses, for fear of the repercussions of a fire in these locations. Authorities also recommend that owners of the phone don’t plug them in at all if they can avoid it.
Samsung has been working hard on an update to their software which they hope will help the issue. The update, to be rolled out across South Korea (it is not yet clear if or when this update will be rolled out across the rest of the world) will stop the phones charging when they reach 60 percent.
Samsung hopes that this will put an end to any further explosions or fires taking place. However, as the issue with the phones lies in the batteries – the hardware – the only way to make sure you aren’t going to have any trouble, will be to return or exchange your phone.
Sources:1. Mullen J. Samsung to limit battery charging on Galaxy Note 7 phones to prevent fires. CNNMoney. 2016. Available at: http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/14/technology/samsung-galaxy-note-7-software-update-battery-fires/index.html. Accessed September 20, 2016.
2. Kwon J. Samsung is recalling the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide over battery problem. CNNMoney. 2016. Available at: http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/02/technology/samsung-galaxy-note-7-recall/?iid=EL. Accessed September 20, 2016.
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