If you thought you were going to be able to hang on to your Galaxy Note 7 and use it at your own risk (and the risk of those around you), you’re wrong. Samsung is working with one major telecommunications group in New Zealand to make sure it can’t even connect to cell networks.
According to TechCrunch, Samsung teamed up with The New Zealand Telecommunications Forum to prohibit the Galaxy Note 7 from functioning properly on cell networks.
Wi-Fi may still work, but every other mobile phone function is cut off. Do you really want to hang on to a device at that point? A crazy few will, I’m sure. Darwin awards for all of them.
The head of The New Zealand Telecommunications Forum said that his group has tried, and will continue to try, to make sure that everyone knows they need to bring their phones back for refunds and replacements. In other words, anyone who finds themselves inconvenienced by the blacklisting should have seen it coming.
Stop using your Note 7, dummy
My guess is this sort of action will continue in other markets where Samsung finds people are still using the highly dangerous smartphone. It’s not allowed on trains or planes. Get the message, people.