In the ongoing Galaxy Note7 saga, today's chapter includes another drastic measure taken by Samsung in the USA to encourage reluctant owners of the phone to pretty please, come on, it's time already, stop using their device and return it. So after issuing an OTA in the US that limits the battery capacity to 60% in November, Samsung has scheduled another update that will completely prevent the phone from charging.
The OTA, which is scheduled for December 19, will take about 30 days to be distributed to all remaining devices, and will stop the Note7 from ever charging again. So it can only be used for as long as its current battery capacity lasts you, after which it's essentially a useless brick. Samsung Canada made a similar annoucement a couple of days ago, with an OTA and measures to cripple all wireless connectivity (Bluetooth, WiFi, data) on the phone.
Samsung US says that more than 93% of recalled Note7 devices have been returned, but these drastic measures are there to encourage the recollection of the remaining devices. If you're still holding on to your Note7, please do the right thing and head over to the US Note7 recall page to get all the info you need about returning your phone and getting a replacement or a refund.
- Samsung Newsroom US