Australian telecoms halt sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 after global recall

SYDNEY — Australian telecoms and retailers have pulled Samsung’s latest smartphone from their shelves after a global recall of the device due to faulty batteries that catch fire.

Samsung Australia spokeswoman told Fairfax Media said sales of the Galaxy Note 7 on Friday will be halted until after the company completes a thorough inspection of the unit.

“We will share the findings (of the inspection) as soon as possible,” she said.

To date, no report of issues or injuries relating to the Note 7 has occurred in Australia, she added.

Reports emerged this week of the phones “exploding” or catching fire while charging, with photos of burnt phones being shared widely online.

Samsung announced a global recall of the Note 7 on Friday due to faulty batteries in the phones.

Meanwhile, local telco providers Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone have removed Note 7s from sale on Friday, and electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi have pulled the phone out from its shelves.

“Optus has made a decision to temporarily pause sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 pending the completion of an investigation by Samsung,” an Optus spokeswoman said.

Telstra said it was “talking Samsung to understand more about the reports and as a precaution, we have paused Galaxy Note 7 sales.”

Australia became one of the first places in the world where the Note 7 became available when it was launched on August 19. The phone is also available in Canada and South Korea. PNA/Xinhua/