Samsung may have recalled the Galaxy Note 7 in October after battery issues caused some to explode or start fires, but the company may not be done with the model yet.
In a statement released two days before the company plans to unveil its latest smartphone, the company said Monday it would consider refurbishing and selling the devices they had recalled last year to be environmentally conscious.
“Devices shall be considered to be used as refurbished phones or rental phones where applicable,” the statement read, though the company acknowledged that “applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand. The markets and release dates will be determined accordingly.”
The Note 7 was recalled in 2016 after months of reports of fires or other battery failures, including almost 100 in the United States, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Though Samsung initially attempted to provide free replacements, several countries independently announced recalls of the phone before Samsung announced eventually it would stop sales worldwide. Airlines and the FAA also banned the phone from flights because of the fire risk.