Samsung's fire-prone Note 7 phone may return after recalls

March 29, 2017
A damaged Samsung Galaxy Note 7



Samsung's fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 phone might come back as refurbished or rental phones. Samsung says it is considering bringing the recalled units back to market. The company says it will first consult regulatory authorities and carriers and assess local demand. It is not yet known when and which countries such phones would be sold.

Samsung killed the Note 7 phone after dozens overheated and caught fire. Samsung recalled one set, but found problems with the replacements as well. The spontaneous fires, many chronicled in videos circulated on YouTube, prompted Samsung to recall millions of phones and take a $5.3-billion hit in its earnings.