Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 can’t seem to catch a break ever since the impressive initial reviews hailed it as the best Android smartphone. It is ironic, and unfortunate. Experts believe the Note 7 might face another recall owing to recent reports of a potentially “safe” Note 7 exploding in a US airlines. Sprint had began allowing its customers to swap their Note 7 with another device when the reports surfaced, and now all the other major US carriers, namely AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are allowing the same.
AT&T however is reportedly considering to drop the Galaxy Note 7 altogether. Considering all the drama that has unfolded, and the Galaxy S8 rumours already surfacing with a possible Jan 2017 release, it makes sense.
Bloomberg cites a single unnamed source claiming that AT&T is “considering” stopping sales of the troubled phone based on that incident. The rumored deadline for the decision is Friday, which would put pressure on Samsung to figure out what’s going here.
While phones that weren’t recalled have caught fire on flights before, like this iPhone that grounded an Alaska Airlines flight in March, the spate of problems with the Galaxy Note 7 and subsequent recall have everyone, understandably, on high alert. It’s currently unclear why AT&T is looking to axe the Galaxy Note 7, but it likely has something to do with the incident that occurred on a Southwest Airlines flight on Wednesday when an aircraft was evacuated as a result of a passenger’s alleged replacement unit bursting into flames before takeoff.
It goes without saying, though, that AT&T is one of the most influential service providers in the United States, and if it makes the decision to stop selling the Galaxy Note 7 entirely, other carriers in the region will likely follow.
Tonight, Samsung issued a statement indicating it’s continuing to look into this latest incident, we’ll see what happens next.
Samsung understands the concern our carriers and consumers must be feeling after recent reports have raised questions about our newly released replacement Note7 devices.
We continue to move quickly to investigate the reported case to determine the cause and will share findings as soon as possible.
We remain in close contact with the CPSC throughout this process.
If we conclude a safety issue exists, we will work with the CPSC to take immediate steps to address the situation.
We want to reassure our customers that we take every report seriously and we appreciate their patience as we work diligently through this process.”
Source : Bloomberg