Samsung Electronics said Monday it may bring back the smartphone that became the butt of jokes by late-night comedians after the devices caught fire, prompting warnings from airlines and ultimately convincing Samsung to scrap the product.
The New York Times reports that the company said it might sell refurbished versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
“The company said in a statement that some of its existing Note 7s would be ‘considered to be used as refurbished or rental phones,’ while others would be subjected to recycling processes, extracting parts like camera modules as well as metals like copper, nickel, gold and silver,” The Times reports.
The report adds: “A company spokesman said on Tuesday that detailed sales plans had yet to be completed, including in which countries the device might appear. That would depend on demand as well as Samsung’s discussions with regulators and phone operators around the world, he said.”
Samsung discontinued the Galaxy Note 7 back in October after some of the devices overheated and caught fire. The Times reports that the debacle wound up costing the company $5 billion.