Three Australian Airlines Ban Samsung Phone Use Due to Fire Risk

A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone is displayed at its store in Seoul

Samsung promised all buyers of the Galaxy Note 7 would be entitled to a new Galaxy Note 7 and a courtesy device until the arrival of the replacement unit, or a full refund. According to Consumer Reports, Samsung should have gone through a formal recall through U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. As Samsung has announced to replace Galaxy Note 7, starting from 19th September. The usage ban stems from reports of Galaxy Note 7 devices overheating while charging and exploding into flames. The recall is voluntary; however, Samsung and USA carriers have made it clear consumers have the option to return their handsets for a new model.

"(It) charred the hotel room bed sheet and the carpet when I whacked it down to the floor, burnt one of my fingers while doing that too".

The handsets have been reported to have caught fire when charging with the latest report surfacing from Australia where the handset exploded and resulted in damages around $1400 at a hotel room.

Samsung said it has sold more than 1 million Note 7 smartphones since the product's launch.

Samsung's recall - the first for one of the South Korean electronics giant's top of the range phones - came a week before arch-rival Apple unveiled its iPhone 7 on Wednesday.

Samsung did not say whether customers should stop using their phones, or whether explosions and fires could happen when the phone wasn't charging.

Samsung also confirmed that other Galaxy smartphones are not affected by the battery issue.

The last place you want an exploding smartphone is on an airplane.

Another company Virgin Australia has issued a similar statement due to the Note 7's fire-prone batteries.

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