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

Samsung's Note 7s were permanently scrapped in October following a global recall, roughly two months from the launch of the near-$900 devices, after some phones self-combusted. The recall and discontinuation of Note 7, as well as the customer refunds, drilled a $5 billion hole in Samsung's financials. The application filed explained that the name would be for personal information management software, mobile and PC apps with voice recognition, and for mobile phone software that allows hands-free use.

Second, all the salvageable components of the devices shall be detached for reuse.

Whether the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units will undergo this new check system before hitting the market is still unknown. "The markets and release dates will be determined accordingly", writes Samsung in a post on its Newsroom. Just earlier this week, the Samsung also announced their plan to issue a mandatory software update to make those remaining Note 7 device unusable.

An investigation found that a there was a problem with the battery, which caused the over-heating. On February 20, 2017, South Korean publication Hankyung was the first to report that Samsung was working on a plan to bring the Note 7 back from the dead. As for the components, Reuters reported they will either use or sell the components including semiconductors and camera modules and will also remove the copper, gold, nickel and silver from devices it doesn't resell.

Additionally, Samsung made it clear via The Verge that the company's objective is to simply minimize environmental impacts.

If demand is present, with agreement from local authorities and operators, Samsung said it may resell the Note7. To successfully initiate the process, Samsung may also join hands with EU's R&D and further test efforts to develop new eco-friendly processing methods.

The Galaxy Note 7 will return to the market once more as a refurbished device, Samsung confirmed Monday.

  • Carolyn Briggs