Just kidding! A week after refusing to released Samsung’s Note 7-killing software, Verizon on Thursday said it will, in fact, release the update. But not until the New Year.
Verizon’s beef had more to do with Samsung’s timing rather than the update itself. In a statement on Dec. 9, the carrier said it would not release the update due to the added risk to Galaxy Note 7 owners.
“We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season,” Verizon said in a statement last week.
Samsung will release the update to customers on December 19 but Verizon will give the Note 7 a short stay of execution. The carrier said it won’t introduce Samsung’s update until January 5, which should give people plenty of time to prepare for the device’s slow, painful death.
By pushing the update off until January 5, people will have plenty of time to do all their traveling and get a new phone. After that, Samsung’s software will prevent the Note 7 from charging, essentially rendering it useless.
Samsung previously said that 93 percent of Note 7 owners in the U.S. have returned their device. If you haven’t done so, you should return your device and exchange it for another one. Your safety is not worth a smartphone.