New York: AT&T Inc. is considering stopping all sales and replacements of Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Note 7 over concerns about the smartphone’s safety, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The US wireless carrier will likely offer alternative smartphones to people who return Note 7 devices. A final decision on this will likely come as soon as Friday, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private.
Samsung started replacing the Note 7 last month because of a flaw in its lithium battery which can lead to overheating and pose a burn hazard to customers. Airlines have banned customers from using the smartphones on flights, and the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines Co. plane earlier this week was blamed on smoke caused by a replacement device.
AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook declined to comment. Bloomberg