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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Samsung may resell controversial Note 7 phone in Ireland as refurbished handset

Samsung Note 7
Samsung Note 7
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Samsung may reintroduce its controversial Note 7 smartphone in Ireland as a refurbished, remodified handset.

The phone attracted controversy before Christmas after dozens of handsets overheated or caught fire, leading to a ban on commercial airlines.

In a statement, the company said that it is to consult with regulators about selling refurbished versions of returned and unsold Note 7 handsets, partly to abide by environmental recycling commitments.

"Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand," Samsung said in a statement.

The company says that it won’t sell refurbished versions of the controversial phone in the US, but will in other countries.

“The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available,” the company said in a statement to The Verge. “Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US.”

South Korea's Electronic Times newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said on Tuesday Samsung will start selling refurbished Note 7s in its home country in July or August and will aim to sell between 400,000 and 500,000 of the Note 7s using safe batteries.

Last October, the tech giant had promised to scrap the devices altogether after a global recall. The company found that some of the batteries supplied were prone to overheating and self-combustion.

However, further analysis from Samsung and independent researchers found no other problems in the Note 7 devices except the batteries, raising speculation that Samsung will recoup some of its losses by selling refurbished Note 7s.

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