Samsung may distribute an update to brick the Note 7 next week

It looks like it may finally be the end of the road for the Galaxy Note 7. If an image obtained by The Verge is anything to go by, Samsung’s preparing to distribute a firmware update for the US Cellular-branded model of the handset to prevent it from charging; rendering it useless once the battery runs flat.

“As of December 15, Samsung will modify the software to prevent the Galaxy Note 7 from charging. The phone will no longer work,” reads a text that an owner received from US Cellular on Thursday, December 8. However, there have been no other reports of customers receiving similar messages.

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