Galaxy Note 7 banned in of­fice

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By HUANG ZHILING in Chengdu huangzhiling@ chi­

A gov­ern­ment de­part­ment in Chengdu, Sichuan prov­ince, banned its em­ploy­ees from us­ing Sam­sung Galaxy Note 7 smart­phones in the of­fice, fol­low­ing moves by do­mes­tic air­lines and na­tional civil avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties to ban the use of the phone model on air­planes.

Chengdu Ser­vice, the mi­cro blog ac­count of Chengdu’s Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs Ser­vice Cen­ter, posted a no­tice to em­ploy­ees on Mon­day that it would ban the use of the smart­phones for safety rea­sons.

The no­tice said mon­i­tor­ing would be in­creased in an area out­side its of­fice that was set up to pro­vide free in­ter­net and recharg­ing ser­vices for vis­i­tors.

“If vis­i­tors are found recharg­ing Sam­sung Galaxy Note 7 phones, you should per­suade them to stop,” the no­tice said.

How­ever, af­ter some me­dia out­lets re­ported that the ban was tar­get­ing vis­i­tors to the ser­vice cen­ter, the post was re­moved with an ex­pla­na­tion that the rule is an in-house pol­icy for em­ploy­ees, not vis­i­tors.

Jing Rong, an of­fice worker at the cen­ter, said on Tues­day that she has been in­formed of the new pol­icy, and she would use her old phone, an iPhone 5, to re­place her GalaxyNote 7.

“My su­pe­rior said the cen­ter’s de­ci­sion-mak­ers thought the phone’s bat­tery might cause a fire or ex­plo­sion when she said.

The Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China has banned pas­sen­gers from us­ing or recharg­ing Galaxy Note 7 cell­phones on do­mes­tic flights. It has also banned them in checked lug­gage.

At least five Galaxy Note 7 users in­China have re­ported that their phones ex­ploded, al­though it’s un­known whether the in­ci­dents were re­lated to bat­tery is­sues.

The lat­est in­ci­dent was re­ported on Tues­day, with Liaon­ing TV re­port­ing that a res­i­dent ex­pe­ri­enced his Galaxy Note 7 vi­brat­ing, be­com­ing hot and burn­ing.

Sam­sung said it will re­call 1,858 Galaxy Note 7 cell­phones that were man­u­fac­tured be­tween July 20 and Aug 5 and distributed in China through a Sam­sung web­site as part of a trial be­fore the of­fi­cial Sept 1 launch date, ac­cord­ing to the coun­try’s prod­uct qual­ity watch­dog.

Glob­ally, since the de­but of the Galaxy Note 7 last month, there have been about 100 re­ported in­ci­dents of bat­tery ex­plo­sions.

On Taisheng South Road in down­town Chengdu, which is the busiest street for cell­phone trans­ac­tions in the city, al­most all stores spe­cial­iz­ing in Sam­sung cell­phones sell the Galaxy Note 7 for 5,988 yuan ($898).

“Few buy­ers are show­ing in­ter­est in the model,” said Ke Xiqian, a sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive at a Sam­sung store. it is > p11 recharged,”

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