Last February, there were reports that Samsung is contemplating of selling refurbished Galaxy Note7. While the company denied the claim at the time, it seems like there is a sound basis to it. In a recent press release sent out by Samsung, the company alludes to the idea of reselling the said phone as either refurbished or for rental purposes.
During the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) in Spain, the company was placed under quite a stress by environmentalists about the fate of millions of Galaxy Note7s. The company is basically being asked what it intends to do with millions of recalled devices that are languishing in storage.
It was then reported that Samsung will be reselling the refurbished Galaxy Note7 units to emerging markets like India and Vietnam. For some reason, Samsung denied the claims of it selling such devices. Perhaps, at that time, the idea was still premature and now that the company had time to consider, maybe it thinks that it is not such a bad idea after all.
Fortunately, regarding this matter, it will not be solely up to Samsung. Government regulating bodies will also be involved in the process. The re-entry of a recalled device due to defects will have to be studied by agencies in order to verify Samsung’s claims that the devices are safe for use.
In the said press release, Samsung pledged that it will make sure the salvaged components will be put to good use. Furthermore, other parts like semiconductors and sensors will be used as test samples. As for the leftover materials, Samsung will recover precious metals like gold, copper, and nickel in an eco-friendly way.
At the moment, this refurbished business is only an idea. Whether this will persist or not is dependent on Samsung and the target markets’ governing bodies. If Samsung can assure that the refurbished Galaxy Note7 is not a threat to anyone, then perhaps it is not such a bad idea after all. For more updates on the Galaxy Note7, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.