Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blacklisted by telecommunications industry
The New Zealand telecommunications industry is blacklisting all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones, making them impossible to use on any mobile network after November 18.
That means any Note 7s that are still in use across the country will not be able to send or receive calls and texts from that date.
New Zealand Telecommunications Forum chief executive Geoff Thorn says the move will reinforce safety measures already laid out by mobile service providers.
"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," he says.
On October 11, Samsung issued an alert to owners of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, telling them to turn the devices off immediately.
Both Spark and Vodafone have since suspended their replacement programmes for the device.