In Europe, Samsung is taking a different approach to the update, The Verge reports. Note 7 users in the EU will see their phone battery cap off at 30%, in a similar move to what the company did to American subscribers in October, when it rolled out an update that capped battery life at 60% across the US.
But it doesn’t appear to be all cut and dry for Samsung. The country’s biggest cellular provider, Verizon, announced that it would not participate in the Note 7 update. Somewhat ironically, Verizon cites customer safety as its main reason for not complying with Samsung’s directive, saying in a statement:
“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. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.”
In light of the update, Samsung is talking up its exchange program, which is still ongoing. But if you have a Note 7, it might be a worthwhile time to consider transitioning to a different brand -- although there's plenty of other exploding phones out there. (Sigh.)