If it ain’t broke … resell it? That appears to be the modus operandi Samsung plans to adopt with its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 devices. According to a new report from South Korean outlet The Investor, Samsung just might be considering selling refurbished Note 7 smartphones beginning in 2017. Samsung issued a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 after a number of replacement units caught fire.
Nothing has been officially confirmed quite yet, and The Investor’s information comes from an anonymous “industry source.” The same source also claims that Samsung will hope to sell its old Galaxy Note 7 handsets in emerging markets, namely India and Vietnam. “Samsung has not made a final decision yet, but it will likely sell the refurbished Note 7 units next year,” the source claimed.
For the time being, Samsung is doing everything it possibly can to get all the Galaxy Note 7s in the world out of consumers’ hands and back to the South Korean smartphone manufacturer’s headquarters. With Samsung releasing updates that only allow the handset to reach a certain percentage of charge, while also ensuring that mobile carriers no longer support the Note 7, it seems like those who still have the smartphone will soon be annoyed into returning the device.
It’s also unclear what the appetite in any market may be for a refurbished Note 7, especially considering that the South Korean phone manufacturer has yet to conclusively identify the issue that caused the devices to spontaneously combust.
In any case, the Galaxy Note 7 has certainly met its demise in its present form, but whether it may rise from its ashes in the coming months has yet to be determined.