- Samsung will offer up to $100 bill credit at select carrier locations if customers exchange their Note7 for another Samsung phone.
- If you just want a refund, and choose to switch to a different smartphone brand, Samsung will supply “$25 bill credit from select carrier or retail outlets as a token of our appreciation and acknowledgement of your inconvenience.”
All of this is a bit of shame-ridden consolation extended by Samsung -- the first smartphone manufacturer ever to initiate two mass recalls affecting millions of products. The US Consumer Protection Agency also issued a formal Note7 recall on Thursday, noting “the lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazard to consumers.” Earlier this week, the USCPA and Samsung advised all Note7 customers to power down their devices.
The USPCA notes that 96 incidents of overheating Note 7s have been reported across the US, the most gruesome of which have actually maimed people. Twenty-three incidents occurred after Samsung initiated its second recall on September 13 -- after the company claimed the phone’s battery issues had been remedied. According to the USPCA, “Samsung has received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage associated with Note7 phones.”