Samsung is taking drastic steps to encourage people still hanging onto recalled Galaxy Note 7 phones to relinquish them.
The company teamed up with carriers in New Zealand to announce Friday that it will cut off access to wireless networks for customers still using their Galaxy Note 7 devices. Starting November 18, customers still using the Note 7 will no longer be able to connect to any New Zealand mobile network to make calls, use data or send SMS messages.
"Numerous attempts by all providers have been made to contact owners and ask them to bring the phones in for replacement or refund. This action should further aid the return of the remaining handsets," Geoff Thorn, CEO of New Zealand Telecommunications Forum, said in a statement .