Samsung has reportedly responded to rumors claiming that it is remotely deactivating faulty Galaxy Note 7 handsets after Sept. 30. The South Korea tech company has said that this is certainly not in the cards.
Android Central reports that it has reached out to Samsung in the wake of the circulating rumors and the tech giant said that it is not disabling devices with faulty batteries that could catch fire or explode. The smartphone maker and technology innovator also maintained all official word amid the recall of the defective handsets would be published on its own website.
Despite addressing the rumors, Android Authority says Samsung failed to technically contradict what the rumors that came from a Reddit post are saying as it only denied speculation that it has “stated” its plan of remotely deactivating Galaxy Note 7 units with problematic batteries.
The Reddit post, which was made by French user LimboJr, originally claimed that Samsung representatives have revealed via a phone call that the company is ensuring that no other defective handsets would be in danger of exploding by Sept. 30 because Samsung is going to disable all affected units regardless if they have been returned for replacement.
Phone Arena speculates that the idea of remotely disabling Galaxy Note 7 smartphones may have some truth in it because such a bold move would urge owners to have their units replaced via the recall program Samsung launched early this month. The site adds that this would ensure that faulty handsets, which could explode, are out of the way and could not hurt people anymore.
Just this Saturday, a 6-year-old boy from New York obtained burns on his body after the Galaxy Note 7 he was using exploded out of the blue. It was since found out that the boy’s family has already spoken with the South Korea brand, but they opted not to reveal details about the communication.
Also, over the weekend, Samsung took to its official blog to echo what the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stated on Friday that owners of the Galaxy Note 7 should power down their handsets. The South Korea giant also reminded owners at the time that it is providing replacements for the faulty phablets via its recall program.