The Galaxy Note 7 exchange program is apparently going at full steam ahead, as more conscientious buyers turn in their devices. Samsung said in a statement released to the press that it exchanged “about half of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 phones” sold in the US. That’s “about” 500,000 units. However, that still leaves at least as many phones in the wild, and they’re all potential fire hazards.
Samsung initiated the exchange phase of the Galaxy Note 7 recall process on Wednesday, so exchanging roughly 500,000 faulty units appears to be a success, albeit a sour one for Samsung. After all, Samsung still has to deal with the fact that it had to halt Galaxy Note 7 sales and replace 2.5 million units worldwide, with the bulk of them having been sold in the States.
Samsung also said that some 90% of the Galaxy Note 7 owners who have returned the faulty handsets opted to receive a Galaxy Note 7 rather than going for any other phone. That means that “about” 450,000 US buyers still love the Galaxy Note 7 and Samsung.
It’s likely that Samsung will continue to update the press of its progress. The company seems to be very interested in getting the right message across, that it’s doing everything in its power to ensure the safety of its customers, no matter what. Not that there’s any other acceptable route to take.
That said, if you still haven’t returned your original Galaxy Note 7, the one that you’ve been stubbornly using even though you probably heard about the recall, you should swap it with one that’s a lot less likely to explode. If you don’t do it, Samsung’s going to harass you about it, so you’re better off acting on it as soon as possible.
As for people looking to buy the new Galaxy Note 7, you should know the phone is already selling from some retailers.