Samsung says to halt sales, exchanges of Galaxy Note 7 globally

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SEOUL, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will ask all global partners to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones as the firm investigates reports of more fire damages in replacement devices.

Samsung, in a statement, asked all consumers using either an original or recalled Note 7 smartphone to power down and stop using their device.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones are displayed at a Samsung showroom in Seoul on September 2, 2016. Samsung will suspend sales of its latest high-end smartphone Galaxy Note 7 after reports of exploding batteries, its mobile chief said on September 2. / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
The home screen on a Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note7 smartphone is displayed during a demonstration in London, U.K., on Friday, July 29, 2016. The South Korean company announced the latest iteration of its large-screen smartphone with the 5.7-inch Note 7 that can be unlocked with an iris-scanning camera. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
D.J. Koh, president of mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics, speaks during a showcase to mark the domestic launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 in Seoul on August 11, 2016. The Note7 will be available starting August 19, with a price of 988,900 won (897 USD) in South Korea. / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Chris Reese)

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