Samsung has faced more than a few trials and tribulations thanks to its doomed Galaxy Note 7 release, and it looks like it could have a whole new one on its hands following reports that US carrier AT&T is considering halting sales of the handset permanently.
The carrier has been issuing replacement Galaxy Note 7 units to those still carrying original handsets around, while also selling the replacement devices to new customers, but following recent reports of a replacement Galaxy Note 7 causing the evacuation of an airplane and consequent CPSC and FAA investigation, AT&T is said to be on the verge of calling it a day for Samsung’s flagship device.
According to a report by Bloomberg, AT&T is now considering killing sales of the Galaxy Note 7 after having lost patience with the device’s exceedingly poor safety record.
Having gone through the recall and replacement of faulty handsets, the idea that supposedly safe replacement handsets are anything but has caused AT&T to question the wisdom of continuing to sell a device that could be a couple of explosions away from a fresh safety scare.
If AT&T does decide to ditch the Galaxy Note 7 for good, it’s possible that other carriers in the country may follow suite. Following the airplane incident on Wednesday, neither Samsung nor the authorities have declared the replacement handsets as having a flaw similar to the original batches, but if that changes, Samsung will be one step closer to calling time on the Galaxy Note 7’s short reign at the head of its product lineup. Having experienced fires, explosions and aviation bans, the Galaxy Note 7 is in dire need of some good news.
Plans will already be in place for the Galaxy Note 8, and presumably, making sure they don’t catch fire will be at the top of the feature list next time around.