Samsung mobile phone dealers in Abuja on Tuesday said many of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones sold in Nigeria were yet to be returned to the dealers.
The Galaxy Note 7 phones had not been officially released in Nigeria before the recall. But some dealers and customers had already purchased the phone from other countries.
NAN reports that Samsung Electronics West Africa had made provision for dealers to safely package and return the phones to the company due to fault it admitted.
Vincent Anago, a dealer in phones and accessories at Bannex plaza said, “Dealers across the country have been asked to return the Galaxy Note 7 phones which they have in stock.
“We have returned the ones we have and have been refunded. However, we still haven’t had many of our customers return the ones we sold them.”
Uche Okoro, a phone dealer, told NAN that quite a number of the phones had been returned to the company. Many Nigerians, however, failed to oblige with the request.
Nigerians not worried about Samsung’s warning
“We have been asked to return these phones because of the malfunction which is hazardous. But it seems Nigerians are not worried about the situation.
“Some of us were able to get these phones and introduce them to the Nigerian market on time and despite the high cost they sold well.
“We have had a few reported incidences of the phone batteries heating up and leading to a fire. I hope that more people will be convinced of the danger the phone poses.
“We are still pleading with Nigerians to return these phones for an exchange or refund. Nigerians need to take advantage of the opportunity now. The phones won’t be accepted after Samsung stops requesting for them.”
Samsung company had first called for the return and halting of sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 products in September due to the number of battery explosions that were reported by consumers.