Samsung Note 7 smartphones to be sold as refurbished devices?

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Samsung recently announced that it would sell some Note 7 smartphones as refurbished devices, to manage its stockpile in an “environmentally friendly” manner.

The South Korean giant Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, said that it would be sell Note 7s as “refurbished phones or rental phones,” after consultations with regulators in various markets.

Samsung recalled an estimated four million of the flagship smartphones over concerns that batteries could overheat and burst into flames. After an investigation, Samsung in January blamed faulty batteries for the problem.

A Samsung statement said that the devices would be “recycled and processed in an environmentally friendly manner” with any salvageable components detached for reuse and metals extracted by companies specializing in recycling.

“Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand,” the statement said. “The markets and release dates will be determined accordingly.”

The activist group Greenpeace welcomed the move, saying it came in response to months of campaigning and protests addressing the environmental impact of the recall.Greenpeace said it would want Samsung for a detailed timeline on its efforts and also step up its campaign in order to get other manufacturers to boost recycling and improve the handling of hazardous smartphone waste.

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Madhurima Goyal, From ITvoir News Desk

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