UPDATE 1-Some Samsung fans hot to keep Note 7 smartphones, despite recall

Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:00pm EDT
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(New throughout, adds comments from U.S. customers, Verizon)

By Deborah M. Todd and Ju-min Park

SAN FRANCISCO/SEOUL Oct 14 (Reuters) - San Francisco Bay Area risk consultant Gil Oliva is willing to risk that his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone might catch fire, shrugging off a global recall that has damaged the South Korean manufacturer's reputation and raised questions about its future.

The stylish Note 7, which boasts a curved screen, an iris scanner and a pen accessory, was well-regarded until some began catching fire. Oliva likened it to Ferrari sports cars, which also were recalled over fire issues in 2010.

"I've got the Ferrari. And yes, Ferraris catch on fire sometimes," said Oliva, 32, of Oakland, California.

The 5.7-inch Note 7 had been expected to accelerate Samsung Electronics Co's mobile-sales momentum. Then, Samsung announced a global recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in early September.

The company said this week it would permanently stop production and sales. It urged users to power down and offered to exchange devices for other models globally.

As the company works to contain damage and stop the recall from tainting the entire brand, some fans say they are not worried.

The large-screen, $882 phone employs a similar design to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7, the best-selling Android phone in the first half of 2016. Samsung had hoped the Note 7 would enjoy a similar appeal.   Continued...