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Samsung to refurbish and sell recalled Galaxy Note 7s

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Despite the bad press surrounding a certain model of combustible phones, Samsung isn’t giving up on the Galaxy Note 7. Just six months after recalling the one million units that had already been sold, the tech giant has announced its plans to recycle, refurbish, and resell the damn things, BuzzFeed reports. Rather than move forward with a newer model like just about every other phone maker, Samsung has cast a baleful eye over the graveyard of Note 7s, and decided to find a way to salvage some components, and otherwise refurbish the phones to get them into resale shops.

But the fablet manufacturer isn’t completely throwing caution to the wind; it’s already set three ground rules for how this recycling process will be carried out. First of all, the recalled units will be considered “refurbished or rental phones where applicable.” Also, any salvageable components that are found will be removed, and “environmentally friendly methods” will be used to extract any metals. Samsung is also hoping to harvest semiconductors and cameras. The company didn’t say as much, but that final rule follows a Greenpeace-led protest last month that demanded Samsung find a way to recycle the phones—which could have cost Christoph Waltz a finger—with said environmentally-sound processes.


Unfortunately for local fans, it looks like the United States will be denied/protected from this recycling process: A Samsung spokesperson tells BuzzFeed these refurbished Note 7s won’t be sold here. But the good news is that a new Galaxy smartphone, the S8, might already be on the way.

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