AT&T stops Samsung phone exchanges after new fire reports

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A&T will stop exchanging Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because of reports that some of the replacement phones are catching fire, just as the original phones did before they were recalled last month.

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"We're no longer exchanging new Note 7s at this time, pending further investigation of these reported incidents," A&T said. AT&T, a major seller of the phones, encouraged customers with Note 7 phones to exchange them for other products.

Samsung announced a global recall of the phone in mid-September after incidents in which the batteries overheated or caught fire. It said its replacements were safe, but several people have said those phones caught fire. Last week, a Southwest Airlines flight was evacuated because of a phone that was smoking and making "popping" noises after it was turned off.