The trouble just doesn’t stop for Samsung. After what was expected to be the end of the Note 7 recall, things blew up in the company’s face — almost literally. Now things look like they’re going to get even worse. According to a report out of Bloomberg, AT&T may be planning to drop sales of the device all together…
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Earlier today Sprint announced that it would be accepting returns of any Galaxy Note 7, replacements included. Shortly after AT&T did the same, but it looks like the carrier might take things one step further:
AT&T Inc. is considering stopping all sales of Samsung Electronics Co.’s flagship Galaxy Note 7 over concerns about the smartphone’s safety, according to a person familiar with the situation.
A final decision will likely come as soon as Friday, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook declined to comment.
On a related note (pun intended), it also appears that T-Mobile is joining the other two major carriers from earlier today and allowing its customers to replace all Note 7 units — pre or post recall. Per the company’s seemingly updated press release from early last month:
Customers can bring their Galaxy Note7, along with accessories they purchased from T-Mobile, to a T-Mobile store and exchange it for a new CPSC-approved Note7 replacement or a full refund and choose from any device in T-Mobile’s inventory. This applies to recalled, replacement and newly purchased Note7s.
We’ll waive any restocking charges, and customers who purchased during pre-order can keep the free Netflix subscription and Gear Fit or SD card they received.
This all comes after a Note 7 exploded while on a Southwest Airlines flight during the boarding process. While the cause for that hasn’t been confirmed, we’re pretty sure that it was a replaced unit. This sparked rumors that Samsung may recall the Note 7 again, and pushed many owners away from the device. Some have even recommended that Samsung should just count its losses and abandon the device at this point — probably not a bad idea…