Do you remember when Google inserted a “kill switch” into Android phones so its programmers could sneak into your phone and destroy malware? Experts were concerned because these Android phone owners were not asked if they wanted Google to crack their phones and delete all their malware. The incident exposed questions about people’s rights when it comes to smartphones, and now Samsung is getting into the act.
Is Samsung Going to Kill Every Galaxy Note 7 in the Country?
On Friday December 16th, Samsung announced that it would release a patch to every Galaxy Note 7 in the United States. This patch would remove the phone’s ability to access cellular networks and it would prevent the phone from charging. This would effectively disable every Galaxy Note 7 that had not been collected under the recall.
Samsung estimates that it’s collected about 93 percent of all Galaxy Note 7s thanks to its wide sweeping recall. However, some people didn’t turn in their phones. Samsung estimates that 133,000 units are still operating in the U.S., and it’s not willing to let those phones stay active.
All of the top U.S. wireless carriers agreed to distribute the patch except for Verizon. The company insisted that this patch would be a risk to public safety if owners weren’t aware of it. But the phone giant later relented and agreed to distribute the patch.
Do you agree with Samsung’s methods? Should everyone who bought a Galaxy Note 7 be forced to turn theirs in? Let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook. The Macon product liability attorneys here at the McArthur Law Firm will keep an eye on the developments right here on our blog.