As per CNET.com, there are already 92 listed incidents of Samsung Note 7 phones exploding as of Thursday. This is when Samsung decided to take a step forward and take responsibility on the incidents and issued an official recall for the unit.
Some has put their safety first and had their phones replaced, and some thought that this is just an isolated incident and kept their phones. Samsung has announced that they have launched an IMEI identifier to help their users know if they have a defective phone or if they have to return it as soon as possible to void any addition to the incidents of Note 7 units exploding.
It's bout time that users stop worrying about having a ticking time bomb on their handsets and have a peace of mind with this IMEI checker.
All we have to do is to go to Samsung's official recall page (http://www.samsung.com/us/note7recall/?CID=AFL-hq-mul-0813-11000170). The only information that you need to identify if you need to return your phone is the IMEI number. You may go to Apps>Settings>About Phone/General Management>IMEI information/Serial Number or just simply check at the back of your phone. Go to the recall page and enter your IMEI number and click the Check button. This should give you the information if your phone is safe. If your phone needs to be returned and exchanged, the page will immediately notify you to turn your phone off.
Samsung also reminds its users that only units purchased before September 15 are affected by the battery issue but still encourages them to double check for assurance.
Based on Samsung's recall page, Galaxy Note 7 owners who needs to return their units should contact their carrier if it's carrier provided or the store where the phone was purchased. For those who purchased their phone through their online site, they may directly call Samsung at 1-844-365-6197.