Samsung Galaxy Note 7 IMEI Checking Tool Is Live

Posted: Sep 13 2016, 3:03am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 IMEI Checking Tool is Live
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There is now a way to check if your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is affected by the recall.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall has reached a new level with Samsung urging customers to power off their Note 7 and do not use it at all. This is a major inconvenience. On top of that, the replacement Galaxy Note 7 devices are not ready. Customers get a refund and in some carrier offer loaner smartphones until the replacement Note 7 devices are available.

In the United States the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is now involved. The replacement Galaxy Note 7 devices have to first get CPSC approval before release. This can take a while.

Samsung has now launched a tool that lets you check if your Galaxy Note 7 is having the problematic batteries inside. You need the IMEI number of your device to use the tool. To find the IMEI number of your Note7 Go to "Apps - Setting - About device - Status - IMEI information" or look at the back glass of your Note7.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 IMEI tool is available online here. If the information in the IMEI database can be 100% trusted is not known. Samsung has not officially announced the availability of this tool. The link surfaced on a forum post on XDA (via SamMobile).

Only 24 in one million Note 7 are supposed to have the faulty cells that can cause the Note 7 to explode. According to a government agency in Canada, Samsung has received over 70 reports of overheating Note 7 batteries. The initial low affected rate needs to be revised. Samsung has shipped 1.5m Note 7 in 10 countries since launch. There are more than 100 affected in a million based on the reported cases.

There is now also a report about an exploded Galaxy S7 Edge. That case has already happened back in May, but has triggered a lawsuit against Samsung now.

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