If you still own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the U.S., you are definitely in the minority compared to the folks who have traded in the exploding smartphone for something else. Today, Samsung stated that nearly 85 percent of Note 7 owners in the U.S. have replaced the device since the official recall went out a few weeks ago. It added that the majority of trade-ins were for another Samsung-made phone.
Samsung’s brief but official update on the ongoing effort to recall all Note 7 units stated that it will begin rolling out an update for the phone “in the coming days” to the U.S. that will limit the battery power on the phone to 60 percent of its usual capacity. It will also issue more notifications to those remaining 15 percent of Note 7 owners who have kept the phone that they really need to turn it in for something else.
T-Mobile has already revealed it will begin pushing out the Note 7 battery restriction update starting on Saturday, November 5. We expect the other major U.S. carriers will be following suit in the next few days. If you are still holding onto your Galaxy Note 7 for some reason, will these moves finally get you to turn it in and avoid any issues with the battery catching on fire?