UCC: We Didn't Approve Sale of Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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According to UCC director of communications, Fred Otunnu,even though the phone did not have defects, its circulation into the country is already question since all terminal equipements are supposed to be verified by UCC.

The Uganda Communications Commission UCC, has stated that the sell of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Uganda is illegal since it has not been approved.

UCC states that  Since UCC, hasn't type approved the Galaxy Note 7, it's sell is illegal; contrary 2 Regulation 7 of equipment Type approval.

 
According to UCC director of communications, Fred Otunnu,even though the phone did not have defects, its circulation into the country is already question since all new terminal equipments are supposed to be verified by UCC.

 
"These agents dealing on these phones have not brought them for approval, making it illegal on the matter of the dangers that's another problem but the illegality remains" he says.

Otunnu also notes that the phones could have entered the country through individuals and in some cases they could have been smuggled.He says most of the other phones have been approved, but there are also several other illegal phones that haven't been approved.

 
The phones in question were discontinued by the manufacturer for battery issues, which caused some units to overheat and also caught fire. 
 
 
The Note 7, which hit the market mid-august, was eventually recalled after 35 reported incidents of overheating smartphones worldwide.


The recalled phones account for 1 million of the 2.5 million headsets that were manufactured. However, since it was announced, the number of exploding note 7's has quadrupled forcing the manufacturer to ask all users to shut down their phones for safety reasons. 


"Stop using your device, back up your data and switch it off," Samsung said in a statement to Note 7 owners the day after it confirmed it had shut down its assembly lines.

Otunnu now says all those who are in possession of the phones should take them back and ensure that there money is refunded.

He says they will work to ensure the phones are off the market, he could not however divulge the details of how they hope to do this by press time.

 

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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

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A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.