Following the global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 due to its never ending problematic battery issues, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has come to outright and banned the sale of the smartphone in Uganda. In a communication on several stakeholders (see below), the commission says, that they have not “type approved” the Note 7 in Uganda and thus should not be sold with in the country. Just as this blog warned before, UCC further urged those who imported the ‘explosive’ phone to return them with immediate effect for their own safety.
This week, Samsung officially announced that it’s ending production of the Galaxy Note 7 around the world, pulling the plug on the phone after a months-long controversy over its defective, dangerous batteries. “Taking our customer’s safety as our highest priority, we have decided to halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7,” said Samsung in a statement. You can read UCC’s full press release below
$ 3 billion dollar loss
Samsung says the Galaxy Note 7 discontinuation will cost it around $3 billion over the course of the next two fiscal quarters. The device, which has a chance of overheating and exploding, has been plagued with problems since its launch back in August. After recalling millions of devices thought to have battery issues, Samsung began issuing replacement Note 7s to customers around the world. However, numerous cases of those replacement units catching fire in the US over the course of the last week prompted Samsung to announce a worldwide recall of all devices and cease production permanently. Goodbye Note 7.