According to a Bloomberg report, bigwig United States wireless carrier AT&T may soon announce its final decision on the potential termination of sales and replacement of Samsung's ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 handsets. Samsung has announced a global recall of Galaxy Note 7 after reports that the battery in some units caught fire or exploded while being charged.
Bloomberg said AT&T may decide as soon as tonight (Friday) on whether or not to stop selling the Galaxy Note 7. It's possible the Galaxy Note 7 still faces a second recall if Samsung and the CPSC believe the device could still put consumers at risk.
All passengers and crew members disembark the airplane safely. Many people who purchased a Galaxy Note 7 have reported injuries and property damage. A previous Tech Times report highlighted that AT&T is thinking of stopping all sales of Galaxy Note 7.
The company urged customers to turn in their phones to get a free replacement or a refund.
T-Mobile started exchanging potentially risky Note 7s for new models in late September, and sales of the new version began earlier this week. "Verizon online customers may also exchange their replacement Note 7 smartphones at Verizon stores beginning Saturday, October 8". The stock has recovered since losing US$22 billion of market value after the recall was announced on Sept 1 and hasn't significantly underperformed its Nasdaq technology peers in that period.
The Galaxy Note 7 might be a lost cause for Samsung. Sprint, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the US, recently announced it would exchange replacement Galaxy Note 7 devices with any other smartphone. The entire battery exploding issue has definitely resulted in loss of sales for the company.
A spokeswoman for AT&T did not immediately respond to a request for comment.