What Will Samsung Do To All Recalled and Unsold Galaxy Note7 Smartphones?

I was having dinner earlier with a good friend of mine who happens to be a big Samsung fan when - seemingly out of nowhere - he asked me this question:

'Mac, what will Samsung do to all of those god-forsaken Note7 phablets?'

Frankly, I haven't thought about that. And I have yet to read articles about it too.

Will Samsung fix the units and sell them sometime in the future? Or will the company destroy all Note7 devices and just altogether treat it as a mistake that shouldn't be repeated?

I've been reading about the unfortunate fate of this flagship release since the first explosion happened in China several weeks ago -- but I found few tech blogs and websites covering the Korean Giant's plans regarding the recalled and unsold Note7 units.

So I immediately opened Google when I arrived home, looked for the latest posts about the topic, and here's what I found:

According to BGR, "Samsung has confirmed that it has some kind of unspecified process in the works to dispose of the phone. That seems to confirm that we won’t see any cheap refurbished or repaired Note 7 devices in the wild, apart from people who ignore Samsung’s warnings and hold onto their phones." (source)

It's very clear. The Korean Giant intends to just destroy all evidences of this release and treat all units (including efforts in crafting and marketing this release) as part of the $9.5 Billion USD in lost sales and $5.1 Billion USD decrease in profit between October 2016 and the end of 2017. (source)

As of writing, Samsung Philippines continues to urge users of Galaxy Note7 to power down their phones, both original and replacement units, and contact their place of purchase - either via Samsung's official network carriers, concept stores, or authorized retail partners - to exchange to a Galaxy S7 edge or request for a full refund. All major airlines in the country have likewise imposed a total ban on the said handset model.

I've said this before and I will say it again: If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note7, do us all a favor and just return your unit as soon as you can. Don't put your life and others' lives in danger. Don't take your chances.

To wrap this up, allow me to share this quote from The New York Times on this issue:

"How quickly Samsung will emerge from the Note 7 fiasco is less clear. The company is facing an immediate, and substantial, financial blow. Perhaps more worrisome is how people may lose trust in the Samsung brand. An editorial in South Korea’s largest newspaper, the Chosun Ilbo, said: 'You cannot really calculate the loss of consumer trust in money.' It said that Samsung must realize that it 'didn’t take many years for Nokia to tumble from its position as the world’s top cellphone maker.'"

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