Samsung Galaxy Note 7: phone sales halted as users warned to ‘turn it off’

Samsung has withdrawn all of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from sale globally after a spate of fires involving “safe” replacements.

Just weeks after Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 7, the smartphone has been deemed a fire hazard across the world.

In a statement issued late on Monday, Samsung said consumers with original Note 7 devices or replacements they obtained after the recall should turn off the power and seek a refund or exchange them for different phones.

South Korean authorities said they had found a new product defect in the Note 7 – Samsung’s most popular smartphone – and also asked consumers to power them down or to exchange them. The
statement did not identify the defect.

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