Samsung Hits Pause on Fiery Galaxy Note 7

Sources say tech giant is temporarily halting production
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2016 12:04 AM CDT
Updated Oct 10, 2016 3:33 AM CDT
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, a man touches the Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7 smartphone at its shop in Seoul, South Korea.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – Amid reports of phones catching on fire, Samsung is temporarily stopping production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, a source tells the Wall Street Journal. The tech giant initiated a recall and sent out replacement phones after the fire problems first started to surface, but then those phones reportedly started overheating and catching fire as well. Samsung hasn't confirmed those reports, but on Friday released a statement promising to investigate the issue. On Sunday, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile said they would no longer give customers replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphones when the recalled phones were turned in. Customers can instead get a refund or a different smartphone, depending on their carrier. (Read more Samsung stories.)

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