The last few Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners won’t be able to use their fire-phones much longer because carriers are starting to push out an update that bricks the devices. T-Mobile is already remotely updating Note 7 phones, AT&T and Sprint are planning to start in the next few days, and even Verizon has reversed course and is going to push out the update, too.
An iPhone 7 is being blamed for causing a car fire, and it’s already being compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 burning phone disaster. While it’s possible Apple is about to face a wave of burning iPhones, it’s possible this was an isolated incident, or that the iPhone wasn’t the cause of the fire.
What’s the cost of designing and selling an smartphone that catches on fire? If you’re Samsung, it’s US$5.3 billion. The electronics maker is now estimating its losses for dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 debacle will climb well over its earlier projections and could go higher than its latest expectation.