San Francisco — A global recall of fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphones did not appear to hurt US consumers’ willingness to buy Samsung Electronics phones, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Sunday showed. The survey conducted between October 26 and November 9 found that current Samsung smartphone users were as loyal to their brand as Apple iPhone customers. It also found that people who knew about the recall were as interested in Samsung phones as those who did not. Samsung was plunged into a global scandal after Note 7 phones caught fire this year, prompting a worldwide recall. Some customers reported that fixed phones overheated, leading Samsung to take back replacements as well. Investors expected that Samsung customers would turn to alternatives, chiefly Apple’s iPhone 7. Among those aware of the recall, 27% would first consider a Samsung smartphone if they were to shop for a phone, the poll showed. Among those who did not know about the recall, 25% would look first at a ...

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