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…
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…
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