UPDATED: Next Samsung Software Update Will Deliberately Render Galaxy Note 7 Phones Useless

The update will prevent the phones from charging and render them incapable of functioning as mobile devices

UPDATED: Next Samsung Software Update Will Deliberately Render Galaxy Note 7 Phones Useless
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December 19, 2016

If you are one of the seven percent of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 customers who still have not returned your recalled phone, you need to do it before December 19 because your phone will not work after that date.

Samsung has announced that it will issue an update on December 19 that will effectively prevent the devices from charging and render them unable to function as mobile devices, according to Consumerist.

"Consumer safety remains our highest priority and we've had overwhelming participation in the U.S. Note 7 Refund and Exchange Program so far," the company said. It claims that 93 percent of Galaxy Note 7 devices have already been returned.

Samsung says that the point of the update is to make sure that the remaining seven percent of smartphone owners are no longer using the devices, whose batteries can overheat and even explode.

"If you have not yet returned your device, you should immediately power it down and contact your carrier to obtain a refund or exchange," it stated.

According to The Verge, all U.S. carriers will receive the update within 30 days. However, not every carrier will push through the upgradeā€”at least not right away.

Verizon Wireless has refused to do so altogether, stating that it poses an additional risk to phone owners who do not have another device.

"We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season," the company stated. "We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation."

Sprint, on the other hand, intends to simply delay releasing the update until January 8, 2017, when the holiday season has passed.

Update: Verizon has updated its release with a statement that it will issue the release on January 5, 2017.