Around 500,000 replacement Galaxy Note 7s have arrived in the US and will sent to mobile carriers and retailers as Samsung begins its full replacement program. Samsung said it would replace all 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in light of several users reporting theirs had caught fire while charging.

Samsung has said it will replace a further 500,000 units will replaced by the end of September.

Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America said: “New devices will be in stores no later than tomorrow [Wednesday] and we will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure users are powering down and immediately exchanging recalled devices”.

So far, nearly a quarter of all Note 7 owners in the US have already replaced their device, with the majority opting for a new phone rather than a refund.

Samsung stopped selling the Note 7 on September 2nd after it found there were issues with the battery cell. Initially the company just wanted to replace phones with certain serial numbers, but this was quickly changed to a worldwide recall of all phones regardless of when they were purchased.

ee.co.uk - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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