Samsung is Going to Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 Devices…Ugh

Samsung Electronics announced on Tuesday it will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, after production was suspended past year due to battery issues that caused fires and explosions.

The Korean office of Greenpeace, which conducted a campaign since last November calling for the recycling of the Note 7, hailed Samsung's latest move. The announcement appears to walk back on what Samsung initially pledged last fall, when it said it would dispose of the Note 7 and had no plans to fix or refurbish them.

Samsung offers a leasing programme that lets you upgrade to a new device after a year of payments, but Samsung doesn't say whether it would be selling refurbished Note7s to these customers.

After the global recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handset device, the company releases a statement regarding the recycle plan of the controversial device. Also, Samsung is working with local regulators to of the sale and to determine available markets to sell the renovated device.

Some of the handsets will also be used as rental models, when customers with devices in for fix need temporary phones. The smartphones will apparently be fitted with smaller batteries to prevent explosions from taking place all over again. The devices, once most sought after, were banned by authorities in the United States and elsewhere from use on planes.

And third, if all else fails, "processes such as metals extraction shall be performed using environmentally friendly methods".

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 exploding battery debacle was one of the biggest hardware scandals ever, but the company is doing everything in it's power to put things right.

Any remaining Note7s would be used for component recycling after metals like copper, nickel, gold and silver were extracted.

The Galaxy S8 is Samsung's first phone since the Note 7 and the company has launched a public relations blitz in an attempt to win back consumer trust.

  • Arturo Norris