While production and sale of new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices stopped back in October, some users have been slow to give up their ticking timebombs defective handsets.

Now the fiery saga of the Note 7 is coming to a final end.

Samsung has announced that, beginning Dec. 19, it will remotely update all Galaxy Note 7 devices in the U.S. so they can no longer be charged or work with cellular networks, effectively bricking them. It published the statement on its website.

“Together with our carrier partners, we will be notifying consumers through multiple touchpoints to encourage any remaining Galaxy Note7 owners to participate in the program and to take advantage of the financial incentives available,” the statement read.

The news was preceded by reports, including one on The Verge, describing the plans. At least one Note 7 owner on US Cellular received an alert from the provider that warned them of an impending system shutdown: “As of December 15th, Samsung will modify the software to prevent the Galaxy Note 7 from charging. The phone will no longer work.”  Read more…

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