|Published : 21 Sep 2016, 21:50:06|
US carrier Verizon starts taking orders for new Samsung Note 7 phones
SEOUL, Sept 21 (Reuters): US carrier Verizon Communications Inc has begun taking orders for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, after having stopped sales of the device earlier due to fire-prone batteries.
Samsung has recalled about one million Note 7 smartphones in the United States, offering to replace or refund the flagship phones. Their susceptibility to catching fire - with more than 100 cases reported across the globe - has damaged the image of the South Korean company.
Globally, the world's top smartphone maker has recalled at least 2.5 million handsets, in a major setback for the company that is looking to claw back market share from rivals, including Apple Inc that recently released its latest iPhones.
Samsung halted new sales ahead of the recall as it prepared replacement Note 7 devices with safe batteries.