If, by this point, you haven’t returned your Samsung Galaxy Note 7—I’m reinserting the space to ward off explosions—you might want to reconsider. The Verge reports that Samsung Canada will, as early as next week, roll out an OTA update that will permanently disable Bluetooth, cellular and WiFi connectivity. And an even worse fate might be in store for American variants of the phablet.
A second report by The Verge details a customer on the US Cellular network who received the following text message:
AS OF DECEMBER 15TH, SAMSUNG WILL MODIFY THE SOFTWARE TO PREVENT THE GALAXY NOTE 7 FROM CHARGING. THE PHONE WILL NO LONGER WORK.
In their last official update on the matter, Samsung stated that there were roughly 285,000 Note 7s in the USA that hadn’t been returned. What is effectively a remote kill switch could be the company’s final attempt to recover these devices, or at the very least remove the threat that they pose to their owners.