More woe for Samsung Galaxy Note 7. And this time from the highest quarters of the government of the USA. In an unique analogy, US President Barack Obama has likened his flagship initiative Obamacare to Samsung Galaxy Note 7, saying that “when a smartphone (or a law) has a few bugs, you fix it or upgrade it. You don’t just throw it away. Unless it catches fire. Then you pull it off the market. But you don’t go back to using a rotary phone. You don’t say ‘well, we’re repealing smartphones. We’re just gonna do the dial-up thing’. That’s not what you do. The same basic principle applies here. We’re not gonna go back to discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions.”
Galaxy Note 7 grabbed headlines in India when news first broke that the smartphones were catching fire and then authorities banned passengers and flight crews from carrying the gadget on airline flights under an emergency order, which was issued by the Department of Transportation in response to reports of the phones catching fire. Passengers caught attempting to travel with the phones will have the phones confiscated and may face fines, the department had said.
This is a simultaneous ???????????? on Samsung, Republicans and rotary phones. pic.twitter.com/HkHJeUfbL7
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) October 20, 2016
The Rs 59,900 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 premium device, the cynosure of all eyes, was launched with much fanfare in August 2016 — a strategic move to cover ground before Apple showcased the iPhone 7 on September 7. But the Note 7’s batteries started exploding: Samsung counted several such incidents across the globe (over 90 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones owners in the U.S. reported overheating). Amid conspiracy theories, a global recall of 2.5 million devices was announced quickly and faster replacements were guaranteed.
Just goes to show, that as far as iconic companies are concerned, once they goof-up, the world is unforgiving and you never know who is going to hit back and in what circumstances.