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Samsung to disable Note 7 phones in US

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will disable all Galaxy Note 7 phones in the U.S. through a software update in mid-December, Reuters reported Dec. 9.

The company will reportedly roll out a software update that will prevent the phones from charging and disable their functionality. The company recalled its Note 7 phones after a series of fires and explosions linked to the phones' batteries. Samsung ended production of its flagship smartphone model after replacement units were also reported to be overheating and burning. The Galaxy manufacturer said that about 93% of all Note 7 phones were returned as part of its recall program.

Verizon Communications Inc. reportedly will not take part in the update as it said that the update could put users at a disadvantage if they do not have another device to switch to.