T-Mobile has announced that it will resume sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on Oct. 5. If customers have a recalled Note 7, the carrier will exchange it for a new model or issue a full refund.
Smartphone fans and consumers have increasingly cozied up to the idea of making the jump to phablets with screen sizes that border on small tablet territory. Reports have indicated that Apple has increased the production of its new 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus due to strong demand for the device, which remains completely sold out online and its retail stores compared to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 found in many of its stores. The absence of the iPhone 7 Plus online, in retail stores and from carriers is something Samsung is hoping it can capitalize as it relaunches its recalled Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung has already replaced the majority of defective Galaxy Note 7 handsets and is shipping them to U.S. carriers to stock store shelves. T-Mobile has just announced that it will resume sales of the Galaxy Note 7 beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5 online and in participating stores nationwide. The carrier posted the news online and also addressed customers who may have a defective Note 7.
"Customers with a recalled Samsung Galaxy Note7 can bring it to a T-Mobile store and exchange it for a new CPSC-approved Galaxy Note7 replacement or, if there are no replacement Note7s available, get a temporary device. We'll waive any restocking charges, and customers can keep the free Netflix subscription and Gear Fit or SD card they received with purchase during pre-order. Alternatively, customers can also exchange their recalled Note7 and any Note7 accessories they purchased from T-Mobile for a full refund and choose from any device in T-Mobile's inventory," states the carrier on its website.
Prior to reports of defective batteries in the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung was receiving high praises for its new flagship phablet — and rightfully so. The company constructed the Note 7 out of premium metal and glass and uses a unique dual curved edge display that not only makes the device stand out from rivals, it adds a UI that is accessed by swiping the right side of the screen.
Samsung has packed in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB of RAM and it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, although the company has already announced it will receive an update to Android 7.0 Nougat. It's also the first Samsung smartphone to feature an iris scanner, which allows users to unlock the device by staring at the display, and it's the first Galaxy Note to be waterproof and dust resistant.
The Galaxy Note 7 was a highly impressive handset before its recall but it remains to be seen whether the device will be able to overcome such a highly publicized stumble.
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