Samsung has today announced that it will distribute a compulsory firmware update to disable all Bluetooth, cellular and Wi-Fi radios on the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada next week. This news comes shortly after it started rolling out an upgrade for the device in the region to limit the battery’s maximum charge to just 60 percent of its total capacity.
We strongly urge any customers still using their Note7 to return their device to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange between December 7th and December 15th. We have been in continuous communication with Note7 customers to remind them about the need to return their recalled device and will continue to communicate daily with a push notification about this network deactivation event to ensure they continue to receive adequate notice.
It’s clear that the firm is taking the danger the Galaxy Note 7 poses to customers seriously as it’s effectively turning all units in the wild into expensive Android-powered media players with no access to the Internet and cellular services. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi disablement will be implemented as early as December 12, while the full cellular cut-off won’t take place until December 15.