The New Zealand Telecommunications industry has unveiled plans to blacklist any Samsung Note 7 mobile phones still held by customers from November 18, signalling the end of the defective device.
In co-ordination with Samsung, the move will mean that New Zealanders will not be able to use the flawed smartphone across any of the country’s mobile networks.
Following the banning of the device by Air New Zealand - and a host of major airlines globally - New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) CEO, Geoff Thorn said this is a “further safety measure” by the carriers to ensure everything is being done to assist with the recall process.
“Numerous attempts by all providers have been made to contact owners and ask them to bring the phones in for replacement or refund, this action should further aid the return of the remaining handsets,” Thorn said.
Thorn said the TCF provides a free public service which allows consumers to easily check whether a mobile phone has been blacklisted.
“Each mobile phone has a unique identifying number called an IMEI number and if this number is blacklisted the phone will not operate on any mobile network in New Zealand,” he added.
After embarrassingly discontinuing the device in early October - following battery problems which caused fires and explosions - Samsung issued a worldwide product safety notice in response, prompting the recall of all the devices in circulation.
“Anyone who is still in possession of a Samsung Note 7, please return it to your service provider as soon as possible,” Thorn added.