Swap Your Note 7 for Another Samsung Phone, Get $100


Samsung is urging all Galaxy Note 7 owners to ditch the dangerous device.

The company today expanded its voluntary recall to include all original and replacement phones sold or exchanged in the US before and after the Sept. 15 recall. Beginning at 3 p.m. ET today, consumers can choose between two options: swap your Note 7 for another Samsung phone and receive up to $100 in credit, or hand in the device for a refund or a non-Samsung smartphone and get $25.

"Customers' safety remains a top priority and we ask consumers with an original or replacement Galaxy Note 7 to power down and take advantage of the remedies available," Tim Baxter, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics America, said in a statement.

The move, approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), comes after Samsung this week halted production and sales of the exploding products.

CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye said Samsung is "doing the right thing," and encouraged customers to give up their devices.

"It's not worth risking your safety and the safety of others—at home, at work, on the road, or in the air," Kaye said in a statement. "No one should ever have to worry that a battery-powered device might put them, their family, or their property at risk.

"If you own a Galaxy Note 7, contact Samsung or your wireless carrier and participate in this recall," he added. "It's the right thing to do and the safest thing to do."

Despite the risk of fire, some people are holding on to their Note 7s, using some rather interesting mental gymnastics to justify the move. PCMag recommends you get rid of your device immediately.

Reports surfaced in August of the Note 7 overheating, burning users, and, in some cases, exploding. Samsung issued a global recall of an estimated 2.5 million devices, chalking the flaw up to a manufacturing problem. It later delivered 500,000 new, allegedly safer, Note 7s to carriers and stores, distributing at least half of them. But they too have issues.

"We appreciate the patience of our consumers [and] carrier and retail partners for carrying the burden during these challenging times," Baxter said. "We are committed to doing everything we can to make this right."

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