If the manufacturer is able to remotely deactivate your smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is an awesome piece of engineering. Beautifully crafted, inside and outside. Something to aim and yearn for, until the recent mishap. Some Note 7 units started blowing up on its users. Reports of explosion came from different parts of the world, some airports have already placed a ban on the device. Samsung is asking users to return their devices for replacement.

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Can Samsung remotely deactivate Devices?

In a new twist, a report online claims that Samsung threatens to deactivate all Note 7 units if they are not returned by September 30th. An excerpt from the report:

According to French Redditor LimboJr, Samsung representatives mentioned during a phone call that they will be taking matters into their own hands, ensuring there are no defective Galaxy Note devices out there. It seems the phone maker plans to remotely deactivate all affected smartphones by September 30th, which means you will have to get it exchanged… or live with an amazingly expensive paper weight.

This might not be the case in all markets. Nevertheless, the whole idea is that users return their phones for replacement. Curious me is asking questions. Was that threat real? Could Samsung actually remotely deactivate all unreturned Galaxy Note 7 units? Honestly, empty threat or not, I’m not comfortable with the fact that such a thing could happen.

Samsung has since refuted and denied that any of such will happen, though they said “further guidance” will be published on their website. Whether you now believe them or not is up to you.

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Matters Arising

So, the Samsung Note 7 issue aside, imagine a situation where your smartphone is remotely deactivated. Your smartphone instantly becomes a metal slab in your hands. That’s a device that you paid money for. Should any manufacturer have the power to do that? What do you make of this? Your thoughts.

Etoniru Chibueze

Chibueze is an award-winning gadget reviewer and geek. He loves research, while living and breathing tech. You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter ,OR LinkedIn

3 thoughts on “If the manufacturer is able to remotely deactivate your smartphone

  • September 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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    I think that it is possible for Samsung to do this. That TouchWiz thing is not just a user interface. I bet it gives Samsung the ability to pull off some stunts on your Samsung smartphone as long as there is an active internet connection. It has been said that Apple has the technology to remote;ly shut down iPhones too.

    Creepy stuff; yes.

  • September 14, 2016 at 7:01 am
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    It’s not surprising at all and I’m sure it’s very possible to remotely deactivate a Samsung – and I’m sure many other brands.

    This is an exceptional situation, but the big probkwm.for Gakaxy Note 7 owners is that there aren’t enough Note 7s out there to replace like with like. I can understand why many are reluctant to turn theirs in with no guaranteed replacement, leaving you with a phone for one or two years that you don’t want.

    Having seen the Galaxy Note 7 and I totally understand why the owners don’t want to part with it. I’d say it’s the best looking of the Galaxy Note series to date.

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