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Samsung has just announced that it has shipped 500,000 replacement Galaxy Note 7 devices to US retailers and carriers

Samsung has just announced that it has shipped 500,000 replacement Galaxy Note 7 devices to US retailers and carriers. They’ll be available beginning tomorrow to owners of the original, fire-hazard Note 7 for in-store exchanges. This first batch of replenishment stock is intended exclusively for exchanges and just 25 percent of Note 7s in US have been exchanged; Samsung hasn’t yet said when Note 7 retail sales will officially resume.

But it also makes clear that there are still a lot of potentially dangerous Note 7s out there. Safe replacement devices will display a green-colored battery in the phone’s taskbar — a clear indicator for concerned airline and mass transit employees to look for when examining the phone.




Hopefully that exchange rate will shoot up much quicker now that consumers can make a direct swap for Samsung’s latest batch of Note 7 shipments — assuming they still want one.



Samsung will also soon deliver updated firmware to all existing Note 7s with a new safety notice prompt urging owners to power down the device immediately. The prompt is a very polite way of saying “turn this thing off, you idiot” and will show up any time an at-risk Note 7 is powered on or plugged into a charger. Without any kind of kill switch to render the phones inoperable, this might be the best Samsung can do for now.



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