Con­sumers won­der what’s next after Sam­sung scraps Note 7

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - By Bree Fowler

NEW YORK >> Sam­sung has of­fi­cially scrapped the Note 7. So what’s next for con­sumers?

Re­ports of bat­tery fires first prompted a round of re­calls fol­lowed by ex­changes for what the com­pany said were safer de­vices. Then Sam­sung was forced to junk the huge phone-bor­der­ing-on-tablet al­to­gether after re­ports that the re­place­ment phones were caus­ing fires too. All of the ma­jor U.S. mo­bile car­ri­ers halted sales and trade ins.

So what’s a Note 7 owner to do? Here are some answers to com­mon ques­tions:

I have one of the re­place­ment phones. Do I re­ally need to stop us­ing it?

Ab­so­lutely. The mul­ti­ple in­ves­ti­ga­tions into re­place­ment units catch­ing fire and the fact Sam­sung has pulled the plug on the model should tell you some­thing.

In ad­di­tion, South Korean safety authorities said Tues­day that they may have found a new de­fect that may not be re­lated to the bat­ter­ies.

If you in­sist on us­ing a Note 7 un­til ob­tain­ing a re­place­ment, don’t plug it in at night at your bed­side, and don’t give it to your kids. Use it at your own risk.

How bad have the fires been?

So­cial media are filled with pic­tures of smol­der­ing phones. While dra­matic, these oc­cur­rences are far from com­mon. But you don’t want to be­come the next head­line.

Michael Kler­ing of Ni­cholasville, Ken­tucky, says his re­place­ment Note 7 caught fire while he was sleep­ing last week. The fire scorched a night­stand and filled his house with smoke that he says has caused his fam­ily to suf­fer breath­ing prob­lems.

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