Few Icelanders Giving Up Their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Few Icelanders Giving Up Their Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Published October 12, 2016

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Despite a worldwide recall on the defective and potentially dangerous phone, with even some close calls in Iceland, very few Icelanders seem ready to give up their Galaxy Note 7.

While most of the tech world is already aware that these phones are prone to spontaneous combustion or exploding, RÚV reports that not many Icelanders seem ready to say goodbye.

Björn Björnsson, the marketing manager of the tech company Tæknivörur, told reporters that numerous Icelanders ordered the phone pre-sale. These Icelanders have already paid for these phones, but they had not yet arrived in the country when news broke of their dangerous defect. While very few Icelanders have sought to have their money refunded, Björn says that the phone will not be sold nor given to anyone until investigations of the device are complete.

The phone, which is prone to spontaneous combustion due to a defect in the battery system, has already caused some trouble in Iceland. During the past week, a plane was evacuated when smoke began to emanate from a phone. The next day, a man woke up to find his room filled with smoke, which came from another such phone, and last Friday, a 13-year-old girl almost had her hand burned by a phone that suddenly began melting.

If you own a Galaxy Note 7, return it to the retail outlet you purchased it from and ask for a refund.

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