Samsung’s previously announced plan to kill the battery in the remaining active Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US has begun. T-Mobile is the first of the four major carriers to begin rolling out the battery shutdown update for the recalled phone.

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T-Mobile’s support page for the Note 7 states that the update’s version number will be N930TUVU2APL2. The changelog says that the update will offer an on-screen reminder to owners of the phone about the recall order, along with what steps they should take to send back the Note 7.  Once the update is installed, the changelog says it will “prevent the charge ability of the device.”

This latest update to the phone is meant to encourage the remaining Note 7 owners to turn in the smartphone, after it was discovered that many of its units started catching on fire or even exploding soon after it was launched. AT&T and Verizon will begin rolling out the same update to its Note 7 phones on January 5, while Sprint plans to do the same on January 8. Samsung said a few weeks ago that 93 percent of Note 7 devices in the US have already been turned in following the recall order.

John Callaham
John was a newspaper reporter before becoming a technology and video/PC gaming writer in 2000. He lives in Greer, SC with his wife and five cats.
  • daftrok

    You would be surprised how stubborn some people are. I have friends that disabled updates after they got the 60% battery gimp so they can keep using the damn phone. They see it as a taboo when it is in fact a danger to themselves and people around them. If it was just a danger to themselves I wouldn’t care.

    • S.L Jones

      Anybody that still has a note 7 is a damn fool, I loved the phone too but it doesn’t/didn’t make sense to keep it

    • #Note5 IsBoss

      Trust me it won’t matter very soon. Nobody will be able to use the Note7 on any network period it will be shut off entirely.

      • Note7rebel

        Note 7 still working at 100% lol

  • Note7rebel

    I disabled updates on my note 7. my battery is still 100% and i wont be getting my phone disabled buy upcoming update

    • S.L Jones

      You’re an idiot

      • Note7rebel

        Why? i bet u cant post a single post of a note 7 catching fire since the recall. but there has been many s7 and iphone 7 catching fire but not one note 7.

        • S.L Jones

          It doesn’t matter, you can’t bring the phone on planes & trains, no more accessories or support, not to mention the possible danger in which the commenter above stated you’ll be S. O. L

        • mikeschr

          You don’t get to decide for everyone else what’s safe and what isn’t. You are a dangerous sociopath.

        • Benjamin Walburn

          that’s because 93% are off the streets already, dumbass. The fewer floating around, the smaller the chance that you’ll hear about one exploding.

    • Semianonymous

      Enjoy your imei block and having no recourse whatsoever

      • Note7rebel

        Yea maybe if i lived in canada or somewhere like that but it is illegal to block imei in America. If they could it wouldn’t be more n7 in service then they are pixle phones

        • Semianonymous

          You wanna provide a source for that?

          • #Note5 IsBoss

            He can’t provide a source for that you’ll be waiting till 2080. Any IME can be blocked by any carrier and his will be also after January 8th 2017.

            I applaud T-Mobile and MetroPCS for being first to do this on it’s networks enough is enough of the uncooperative behavior from NOTE7 users.

          • Note7rebel

            Still using note 7

        • noh1bvisas

          imei(s) are blocked all the time – like for stolen phones, nonpayment, etc.

          • Note7rebel

            Yea your right they are blocked for nonpayment and if phone is reported stolen. At&t death update came two days ago and not one note 7 imei is blocked.

          • #Note5 IsBoss

            Except the end is imminent within weeks your rebel day’s are over. You’d better have a second handset that’s should be on your agenda now. #SamsungKnightsRule

          • Note7rebel

            Rebel days are still going bro

          • Note7rebel

            Still using note 7 where is imei block?

          • noh1bvisas

            sure you are. blocked.

          • Cheese

            Of course he’s blocked, he’s a troll out for a nice troll along troll blvd.

        • Cheese

          It’s not illegal, and they will soon enough and you’ll be stuck with a dead phone.

          • Note7rebel

            Then why do they keep coming up with different type of updates to stop phone for working or charging if they could kill imei?

          • Cheese

            I can’t tell you that but blacklisting the IMEI happens all the time. It’s not illegal no matter how many times you argue it.

        • Nickname303

          And I’ve made you admit that you have no proof whatsoever that it will be illegal for Samsung to block the IMEI… You’re just full of crap and bravado like all of your silly “rebel” friends. Lol.

          • Note7rebel

            Still using note 7 where imei block everyone was talkin bout

    • #Note5 IsBoss

      Carriers already know who those phones are and will zap your IME number so the handset won’t get any connection at all not even wifi. TIME to face REALITY NOTE7 IS DEAD being a useless rebel is DEAD and we are glad. On to the S8Edge and S8EdgePlus.

      • Note7rebel

        They Can only kill imei number in america for nonpayment and if phone is stolen. If they could kill imei number they would have a long time ago.

        • Cheese

          They can certainly blacklist those devices and they will soon enough.

          • Note7rebel

            What happened to “They can and will blacklist those devices soon enough”? Funny my note 7 still working

        • Moo

          They are giving people the opportunity to still use their phone on the network up until they return it to their respective carrier/retailer. If people are still clinging onto their Note 7 after this then they will have no other choice but to do a mass IMEI block which is guaranteed to happen in a special case such as this.

          • Note7rebel

            No imei block still using note 7 at 100%

        • Nickname303

          Please provide us all with a link to the “fact” that an IMEI can’t be lawfully blocked by Samsung.

          All of this crap is so funny, because a few months back I was talking to a silly woman who was insisting to me that it wouldn’t be lawful in America for Samsung to push updates to the Note 7 to cripple it, and that she and several other dickheads were in contact with lawyers with a view to stopping Samsung from doing so. Then a few weeks later the first of the updates to cripple the phone was pushed to America! Lol. Surprisingly enough, she never replied to me again after that.

          You’re all deluded. You can insist what you like, but the fact is that things have already happened that people have said can’t possibly happen in America because of your amazing “rights”.

          Also, the reason that Samsung haven’t blocked EMEI’s yet is because that would be seen as a last resort. I’m guessing Samsung didn’t realise how dumb and sad some of their customers are, and expected people to just do as they were told and return the phone. They didn’t realise the fact that to some people their Note 7 is the most important thing in their life, and they couldn’t possibly give it up as their life would be over if they did. But now it’s becoming obvious that there are people with lives that ARE so sad that their phone IS the most important thing to them, and they would rather give away one of their children than their Note 7. That’s why it’s only now, after that realisation, that Samsung are going to be left with their last resort of blocking IMEI’s.

          • Cheese

            It can be blocked by Samsung and the providers and they will soon enough.

          • Nickname303

            I know, that’s why I’m asking him to prove it, to make him look stupid, because I know he can’t.

          • Note7rebel

            Show me one article that says samsung is gonna block imei in america. And it must be alot of dumb people like me because its more note 7 in servise then there are LG V20 dont believe me google it.

          • Nickname303

            Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying, lots of you sad people. And you didn’t answer my question. Where’s your proof that they can’t block your EMEI. I asked first. What’s the matter, don’t you have proof?

          • Note7rebel

            Show me 1 artical that says samsung is gonna block imei numbers in America. There gonna send a “update” that kills battery and radios in phone leaving it useless if you cant receive update then nothing can happen to your phone

          • Nickname303

            Are you refusing to supply me with a link to the proof Samsung definitely can’t block your IMEI in America? You seem to be ignoring my request for a link, which shows that you have no proof lol. Oh dear.

            I haven’t checked the legalities personally, but blocking IMEI’s is obviously what Samsung intends to do because they’ve already done it in New Zealand.

            You all claim that America is some special case that won’t allow that to happen. Judging by what’s happened previously, you lot have no idea what Samsung are capable of doing in America! You were all saying that Samsung would never be allowed to push updates to Note 7’s in America to cripple them, because of your amazing “destruction of personal property” rights. Many of you were apparently already talking with lawyers to stop it happening. Well blow me, weeks later Samsung were sending out their first update to all of you in America to limit your battery to 60%. Lol. And now further updates are here to f*ck up your phone even more. So what happened to America’s “amazing consumer protection” laws that you all claim will stop Samsung doing anything to you? So yeah, you’ve all proved that you have no idea what’s going on, and no power to stop Samsung doing things that you claim they could never do in good old America.

            So give me the proof to show me that you’re actually correct this time. Your track record of getting it right is very bad. I get the feeling I’m going to have a long wait seeing as you are already dodging the question. You don’t have proof do you?

          • Note7rebel

            Lmao.. u right i cant prove that they cant block imei number in america. Now show me one article that says they plan on breaking everyone contract by blocking imei number because of this voluntary recall? Now im waiting….

          • Nickname303

            Thanks for showing that you’ve been full of crap throughout this article, you can’t prove it, yet you’re insisting it can’t happen.

            I never said I could prove what I said. I haven’t bothered to look. You apparently can’t read though. I explained that Note 7 owners have PROVED that they will claim Samsung can’t do something in America, and then weeks later that thing happens. So, you’ve been proven in the past to be completely wrong about what Samsung can and can’t do in America. Now you can’t prove that they can’t block your EMEI, so explain to me why anyone would believe what Note 7 owners say about them not being able to do so? You have a 0% rate of being correct about what Samsung can or can’t do in America!

            Theyve already blocked EMEI’S in New Zealand, and you’ve already proved that the American rights that apparently protect you don’t actually do shit. Those amazing American rights have failed you up to now!

          • Note7rebel

            Still using note 7 at 100% where is imei block everyone was talking about?

          • Nickname303

            You’ve gone awfully quiet now. Not much of a “rebel” are you? Lol. Same as all of your friends, I’ve asked you a few questions to show you’re full of crap, so now you’ve run off. I wonder why none of you have any answers?…

          • Note7rebel

            I got proof…the t mobile update came out 2 week ago and im still using my note 7 at 100% lol where the imei block everyone was talking about?

          • Nickname303

            So your proof that the imei won’t be blocked in the future is that it hasn’t happened yet? Lol. You specialise in saying stupid stuff, don’t you? It’s funny, because like I’ve already told you, you were all saying how Samsung was never going to be allowed to send updates to ruin the battery life etc. before they did it. And then they did it! So all of you that were saying that back then were proven to be wrong and stupid. The fact that it hasnt happened yet proves absolutely nothing about what will happen in the near future. So no, you haven’t proved a thing. I think you need to grab a dictionary and read what the word proof actually means, dumba$$. I’ve already made you admit that you have no proof for what you’re saying, so why are you suddenly claiming that you have proved it now? Oh yeah, I forgot, the fact that it hasn’t happened yet is your proof that it never will… Amazing proof you have there. Try coming back when you have something less ridiculous to say, and can actually prove something.

    • Nickname303

      What a great phone youre hanging onto there! No updates, no support, not able to travel with it etc. Tell me – if that’s how Samsung had advertised it would you still have paid all that money for it? No? Then why are you settling for that now? Lol.

      • Note7rebel

        Its the only phone with low light camera, water proof,curved screen, iris scanner and s pen and the skin i have on my phone makes it look a s7 so i catch flights with it

        • Note7rebel

          Don’t care what say im keeping phone until note 8 come out

          • Cheese

            Have fun with a phone that’s going to more or less a paperweight since soon you won’t even be able to use it on any networks.

          • Note7rebel

            All my updates are blocked it wont happened my phone battery still at 100%

          • Nickname303

            Wow what a great phone that will never receive any updates ever again…

          • Note7rebel

            Dont care only keeping it until note 8 comes out

          • Cheese

            If you’re on Verizon looks like soon enough….

            “Verizon plans to make it so calls placed on remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices will only connect to the company’s customer service representatives, with the exception of 911 calls.”

            Hate to say ‘told you so” but…told you so.

          • Note7rebel

            Thats what they been saying as long as u can block there update your good.

          • Cheese

            Thank you for continuing to prove you are an idiot. They CAN block it and they are GOING TO DO JUST THAT. I just GAVE you information that states that. It doesn’t NEED an update to do that. Have fun with your paperweight that’s going to be useless on ANY network shortly. This conversation has run it’s course, you are incorrect and until it happens, you are going to continue to act like an idiot about it. It’s cool though, everyone else knows you’re an idiot, the only who doesn’t is you.

          • Note7rebel

            Lol….sound like your mad cheese… I dont have verizon so mines working fine and people with verizon and have hydo rom isnt affected by that update. But the people that dont have hydo rom recived full refund for there phone and gets a loaner until s8 comes out but if t mobile gets same update ill just root my phone and keep using it until N8 comes out.

          • Note7rebel

            Aye chesse just a update but my note 7 still working at 100%

          • Cheese

            Are you really this dense? When your IMEI is blacklisted and you can’t get on ANY network, what’s your plan then genius?

          • Note7rebel

            Trade it for s7 until 8 come out but its not getting blacklisted unless i accept update. Cant nobody show me nothin that says samsung is blocking the imei or blacklisting the note7.

          • Cheese

            And you can’t prove it’s illegal, it’s not so you have no proof. They WILL blacklist it from ALL networks soon enough. Regardless of your feelings.

          • Note7rebel

            My cellphone company said only way they can block n7 is if lost stolen or if i dont pay my bill but ok cheese i believe you there going to blacklist them.

          • Cheese

            Your provider lied to you and you actually believe them. LOL! Oh boy, you are utterly hopeless and clueless and you keep proving it.

          • Note7rebel

            Lol ok cheese say they do block them. I get all my money back for phone and get a loaner phone until 8 comes out.

          • Nickname303

            You’re now talking to yourself? Well at least that goes towards confirming that you’re mentally ill…

        • Nickname303

          Ahhhh, so now you’re breaking the law just so you can use your Note 7? That sounds very grown up and sensible doesn’t it? And you wonder why people think you’re all dickheads!

          Tell me, was your life a mess before you owned your Note 7? Did you struggle to get through the day and cope with life when you had your previous phone? No? So why are you now acting like your life will be over if you give back your Note 7?

  • PromethianKnight

    Year 2063: Samsung releases update to disable buttons on the Galaxy Note 7, to encourage its users to return the phone.

    lol seriously people avoid injuring yourself and everyone around you and turn in the damn phone already!

  • Derrick Gottschall (EMPiiRE)

    Lol. Those remaining users have already blocked updates or have flashed to a different firmware by now. Nice try.

  • bababbbbb

    I wonder how long before this update falls into the hands of hackers if it isnt already, and not only get modified for other phone models, but gets spread out into the public and becomes the mobile version of ransomware.

  • Note7rebel

    Update came out two weeks ago and im still using my note 7 at 100%

  • Note7rebel

    2 months later and my note7 still working perfect. What happened to blacklist/ imei everyone was talking about?

  • Note7rebel

    Opps………..still using note7 100% battery notblacklisted no imei block