It’s official: All major carriers will auto-brick the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Verizon, the final holdout, agreed to issue to the software update

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

All major carriers will remote-brick the company’s flagship phone come the new year.

As of Thursday, all major U.S. cellular carriers have announced plans to remote-brick fire-catching Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Verizon, the final holdout will issue an over-the-air software update on January 5 that will prevent the devices from both charging and connecting to cellular networks.

Samsung will release the phone-bricking update on Monday, but the four major cell carriers will push the software to any remaining Note 7 users on different dates. T-Mobile will go first on December 27, followed by AT&T and Verizon on January 5, and finally Sprint on January 8.

As it happens, the crippling software update won’t affect many users. Samsung issued a voluntary recall, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission issued a recall of its own in September. Since then, reports show that that 93 percent of users have already turned their devices back in for either another model or a refund.

Holdouts, however, may have a tough time traveling over the holidays if they wait for the software update to hit their handsets. The FAA banned the phones from all flights in October.

Corinne Iozzio
Corinne Iozzio

is the Editor-in-chief of Popular Science. She's been here, in one role or another, for more than 11 years. With a background covering consumer tech that began with the launch of the first iPhone, she's made a career nerding out about how fast the world changes around us every day.