Early this morning Samsung announced plans to finally extinguish the on-going fire that is the Note 7 once and for all here in the States by way of a software update that won’t allow the troubled phone to charge at all. Apparently not everyone involved is on-board with the move.
Verizon (the parent company to TechCrunch’s parent company) quickly issued a follow up statement, citing the potential risks involved in killing the phone altogether. By Samsung’s count, around only seven-percent of Note 7 owners in the US have clung to their devices, but the carrier is concerned with the safety of those last few.
Here’s the key part of this morning’s statement,
Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note7 users that do not have another device to switch to. We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.
Of course, the mere mention of the Note 7 and travel in the same sentence brings to mind some other potentially troubling scenarios. Maybe this saga has a little life left in it, after all.
Update: Sprint is on-board with update and is reiterating its replacement plan. T-Mobile, for its part, is declining to comment for the time being. We’ve also reached out to AT&T and are waiting to hear back.