Samsung: consumers should exchange Galaxy Note 7 phones ASAP

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Samsung asked consumers in South Korea to discontinue the use of their Galaxy Note 7 phones and visit one of the company's service centers for the recall process.

Besides airlines in the US, Scandinavian Airlines and Singapore Airlines are among the carriers to have banned the device.

A statement by Samsung, the world's biggest mobile phone maker, said "our customers' safety is an absolute priority". As this decision was taken by the Airlines because of the faulty batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caused some handsets to explode the Pakistan International Airlines which has imposed a ban on carrying this smartphone in flights.

Shares of tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd fell to their lowest level in almost two months on Monday, hurt by worries the fallout from a recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone may deal a bigger blow than anticipated.

GCAA director general Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi advised passengers not to turn on or charge the device onboard an aircraft and to also avoid keeping it in checked baggage.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was released on August 19 and quickly became a must buy for many people as the impressive device brought a number of improvements and received good reviews. On September 8, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said travellers should not use or charge them while in the air, or stow them in checked luggage.

While the phones are still on sale in some parts of the world, Samsung said that it is no longer shipping or selling the device, based on reports of the defect.

Australian airlines Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have also forbidden use of the new smartphone aboard flights. "Samsung has identified the affected inventory and stopped sales and shipments of those devices", the company said in a statement last week.

More than a week ago, Samsung announced a global replacement program for the Galaxy Note7 as a precaution because of the battery cells.