Reuse & Recycling Plan for Samsumg's 4.3m Recalled Galaxy Note 7 Devices

Samsung is to sell refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones which it pulled from stores past year because they kept bursting into flames. A highly publicized in-depth investigation by the company discovered that batteries supplied by two different companies were to blame.

Samsung had originally said it wouldn't fix or refurbish the Note 7 after several reported cases of them exploding and injuring consumers. "The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available".

FILE - This Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, file photo shows a damaged Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on a table in Richmond, Va., after it caught fire earlier in the day.

Samsung's announcement that revamped Note 7s will go back on sale, however, surprised some with the timing-just days before it launches its new S8 smartphone on Wednesday in the United States, its first new premium phone since the debacle past year.

Following its exploding batteries debacle, Samsung Electronics has established three principles to ensure that Galaxy Note 7 devices are reused and recycled.

It's still unclear where Samsung will sell its refurbished Note 7 devices, but it all depends on local authorities, wireless carriers, and demand.

Samsung announced on Monday that it will sell refurbished versions of its Galaxy Note7 smartphones, the model it officially discontinued a year ago because of fire-prone batteries.

The firm said refurbished Note 7s will be equipped with new batteries that have gone through Samsung's new battery safety measures.

According to Samsung they are releasing the refurbished device to reduce and minimize any environmental impact. It had sold more than three million Note 7s before taking the phones off the market.

In the Korean version of the Tuesday statement, Samsung said refurbished phones can be sold while the English one said the devices will be "considered to be used as refurbished phones or rental phones where applicable".

Environment rights group Greenpeace and others have lobbied the company to come up with environmentally friendly ways to deal with the recovered Note 7s. Greenpeace commented on the announcement and said it will make sure Samsung "abides by its commitment".

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