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Despite exploding smartphones, customers are likely to stick with Samsung

Despite exploding smartphones, customers are likely to stick with Samsung

Samsung Electronics Co. asked retailers Monday to halt the sale of replacement models of a popular smartphone, extending the unwanted spotlight on the world's most popular phone maker.

But neither exploding Galaxy Note 7 devices nor just as dangerous replacements are likely to steer customers away, analysts said. 

More than a month of headlines and warnings at airports have spotlighted how the phone’s battery can malfunction, causing a fiery blast and unusable charred remains.

The news only got worse last week, with reports of devices that were hastily rolled out as a fix blowing up too. On Monday, the South Korean company...

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