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If You Own A Samsung Note 7, You Need To Read This ASAP


If You Own A Samsung Note 7, You Need To Read This ASAP

In a move that is going to generate significant waves, Samsung has officially ceased production of the Note 7, requested all retailers across the globe to stop selling and exchanging the smartphone, and instructed all owners of the phone to immediately power it off and seek a refund or alternate handset replacement.


The move comes after at least 5 documented incidences of new replacement handsets went up in smoke, one of which sent a US man to hospital after his Note 7 spontaneously caught fire sitting on his bedside table while he slept.


"The phone is supposed to be the replacement, so you would have thought it would be safe," the man told local news service WKYT, noting that he had had the phone for around a week when he woke up to find his room filled with black smoke.


"It wasn't plugged in. It wasn't anything, it was just sitting there", he said.


The man says he subsequently fell ill and begun vomiting "black stuff". At hospital he was diagnosed with acute bronchitis caused by smoke inhalation, according to the news report.


A replacement Note 7 that started spontaneously smoking is also believed to have been responsible for the grounding of a Southwest Airlines jet that was preparing to take off in the US last week.


A third incident involved a phone literally melting in the hands of a 13 year old girl.


Clearly there is something seriously wrong with the Note 7, but Samsung seems to be having a hard time pinning down the exact cause of the problem.


"It is more difficult to analyse the cause of the accidents this time because of various patterns of the accidents," an official with the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, which met with Samsung and experts on Monday said.


The damage to their bottom line is already starting however, with investors wiping nearly $20 billion off Samsung Electronics' market value on Tuesday as its shares closed down eight per cent, their biggest daily percentage decline since 2008.


Long story short: get your Note 7 replaced with something else ASAP, before it kills or maims you.

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