Galaxy Note7 banned on Chinese planes, recalled in China

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After issuing an official recall of the device, Samsung is prepping devices to be delivered to carriers and customers replacing the defective Galaxy Note 7's that are still wandering around.

The recall is unprecedented in scale for the world's top smartphone maker, which prides itself on its manufacturing prowess.

The new replacement devices will become available in the US no later than September 21, Samsung Electronics' US unit said in a statement last Thursday.

The ruling comes a day after the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of the mobile devices because of reports of dozens of phones exploding due to a fault with the batter.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has asked airline passengers to switch off and unplug the recalled Note 7s during flights.

The CPC DG however advised Nigerian consumers who might have purchased the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 should to stop using the phone forthwith as an interim measure to guide against the effect of the explosion.

Replacement of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will begin at most USA retailers no later than Wednesday, Samsung Electronics Co said last week.

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Samsung encourages customers to visit their website to determine if their phone is among those recalled.

The Friday FAA statement follows its earlier warning from September 9, in which it "strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these [Galaxy Note 7] devices on board aircraft" and not to stow them in baggage.

Samsung promised replacement devices, but that was put on hold while regulators reviewed the situation, according to The Washington Post.

"Given this, Galaxy Note 7 sales for the latter half of this year are likely to significantly decline compared to the same period last year", he said, suggesting a grim outlook for Samsung's premium smartphone business. Over 2.5 million smartphones have been recalled.

"I was sitting next to some guys who had the phone, and it was kind of unbeknownst to them".

There were rumors also that Samsung would be issuing a software patch to try and limit the amount of charge the Note 7 battery can take up so as to reduce the chances of overheating and catching fire. You can find the IMEI either on the retail box or in the phone's settings menu, under the About section.

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