Samsung just can’t come to terms with their failure on the Note 7. They’re still trying to milk whatever money they can out of the product. For those of us crazy enough to give the exploding phone another try, Samsung is now selling refurbished models of the Note 7.
The Note 7 had sold 3 million units before it was taken off the market, roughly two months after the $900 beast was launched. Not only was it THE flagship to beat when it came out, the reviews were stellar, right until the phone started catching fire. The first few incidents were met with apologies from Samsung and a statement to look into the matter but when Airlines began banning the phone on flights and a very public event involving a jeep catching fire came up, Samsung had to do a recall. The recall included refunding people or giving them back fixed phones for free. But even that didn’t work out because the fixed phones started exploding again. Samsung recalled 4.3 million units in total. Thus, the whole affair came to an end, or so we all thought.
Samsung made a point to bring back trust to its customers and did an internal investigation of their phones. They found out that the batteries were the problem and vowed to fix them. However, bringing back the Note 7 is a surprise for sure, especially so close to the launch of their flagship S8 and S8+ smartphones.
“The objective of introducing refurbished devices is solely to reduce and minimize any environmental impact,”
The Note 7 units on sale are rumoured to contain a smaller battery. Those that are not resold will be used for parts to extract gold, copper, nickel, silver etc, to be used in later phones or other electronic items. Samsung took a $5.5 billion loss in the last three-quarters due to the Note 7 debacle and hopes to salvage some of that with the launch of the S8 and S8+ soon.
“The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available. Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US.”
Greenpeace commended Samsung for their environmentally friendly stance and released their own statement.
“Greenpeace will make sure Samsung takes into account the voice of millions of our supporters and abides by its commitment.”
The Note 7 units will sell “where applicable” and probably be in circulation till the unveiling of the Note 8 when it comes out this year in Q4.