Samsung confirmed today it is engaging with Australian telecommunication carriers to ensure the potentially dangerous devices cannot send text messages, make phone calls, or browse the internet, and essentially any other tasks that require a network connection.
This new move, follows the blanket aeroplane ban on October 16, impacting Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin, and TigerAir passengers across the country.
Samsung also released a battery crippling software update to all devices as another initiative to control the potential harm of the explosive devices.
The latest action, cutting network connection locally, also comes off the back of The New Zealand Telecommunications Industry’s recent move in blocking use of the device across any of the country’s mobile networks.
“The network discontinuation will commence from December 15 and is part of Samsung’s ongoing safety measures to recover all affected Galaxy Note7 devices,” Samsung said, in a statement.
“Galaxy Note 7 customers in Australia have responded well to the recent recall, with only a small number of affected devices still in customers’ hands.”
In response, Samsung has unveiled yet another incentive to retrieve the devices by offering users a $250 gift card or account credit if the consumer trades the device for the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge smartphone, in addition to a refund of the price difference between the two models.
The Samsung Note 7 debacle began almost immediately after the flagship smartphone's commercial launch, with a series of cases of spontaneous combustion arising from battery issues quickly bringing new shipments of the device to a halt.