If you’re idiotic enough to be clinging onto your Galaxy Note 7, despite Samsung’s desperate plea to recall them all, soon enough yours will become practically unusable. How? Because you’ll no longer be able to charge it past 30%.
Samsung have been doing their best to make sure those who own a Galaxy Note 7 have received a replacement phone before any more accidents occur. However there’ll always be that one person who thinks it’ll never happen to them. So Samsung are making sure it really never happens to them by making their phone unusable.
In the United States, Samsung have revealed plans to roll out a battery update to the Galaxy Note 7 to make it so that the phone would no longer charge so eventually it’ll run out of juice and be turned off. In the UK however, there seems to be a different story as Samsung has revealed that they’ll be updating the battery to charge to only 30 percent.
“As part of our absolute focus on customer safety, from 15th December, all Galaxy Note 7 devices will receive a new battery software update that will limit the maximum charging capacity to 30 percent. This software update is designed to further minimise customer risk and reinforce to customers to replace their device through the Galaxy Note 7 Replacement Programme as soon as possible.”
Charging to just 30 percent will do two things, first it’ll ensure that the phone doesn’t overcharge, and secondly, it’ll make it practically unusable with just a short battery life, to encourage users to use the aforementioned replacement programme.
Whether or not this will encourage stubborn users to opt into the replacement programme is another question.