The controversy has led internet users to create scores of internet memes which make light of Samsung's calamity.
On September 15 Samsung recalled its Galaxy Note 7 handsets as a result of the faulty batteries. The manufacturer issued users with replacement handsets, only for some of those to go up in flames as well. As a result, on Thursday it asked global partners to stop sales of the smartphone, and recalled all Galaxy Note 7 units.
Sad news today as the #SamsungGalaxyNote7 ends my decades-long cellphone that's also a cigarette lighter dream.— Denis Leary (@denisleary) October 11, 2016
In the US alone 1.9 million handsets have been recalled, and the company received 96 reports of the lithium-ion batteries in Note7 phones overheating. It has received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage associated with the phones, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Headquarters. pic.twitter.com/Eh3PvNFfK3— ♏ikeXBO (@MikeXBO) October 11, 2016
As well as a refund, the manufacturer is offering customers the option to exchange their Note 7 for another Samsung smartphone, plus a $100 dollar credit bill from selected retail outlets, in the hope of retaining customers.
My friends and I huddled around my Samsung Galaxy Note 7… pic.twitter.com/NOE8BB8THf— Andy (@FilmFillet) October 12, 2016
The time to return your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/h7E5FxQxjx— Technology (@te3hnologies) October 12, 2016