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Nokia Investigating Reported Cell Phone Explosions

CowboyNeal posted more than 10 years ago | from the pants-on-fire dept.

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Iphtashu Fitz writes "C|Net's news.com is reporting that a man in the Netherlands suffered burns to his leg when the Nokia phone in his pants pocket exploded. This is the second reported incident of Nokia phones exploding, the first one being back in August when a Dutch woman's phone exploded in her hand. Nokia blamed the first incident on a third party battery that the woman was using and warned customers to only use Nokia parts and accessories with their phones. However this most recent explosion involved a new Nokia phone with a Nokia battery installed."

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This is scary (5, Interesting)

l810c (551591) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179688)

I've had my most recent Nokia for 2 years. It can get Really Hot when I talk for a long time(>20 minutes). It actually gets uncomfortable to hold to my ear.

Is it about to explode? Any links on what signs to look for before your cell phone battery explodes? A search for 'exploding battery' on Nokia.com didn't return any results. Seems like they should take a more proactive approach and at least issue a warning. I couldn't find any.

Re:This is scary (3, Informative)

sirvulcan (700310) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179719)

my phillips xenium got quite hot after long calls.. none of my nokia's get hot on long calls (3310 && 8210). Although i think i might keep a closer eye on them now> An offical warning would be reasonable

Re:This is scary (5, Funny)

Richard_L_James (714854) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179725)

> It can get Really Hot when I talk for a long time(>20 minutes).

Does this have anything to do with the type of calls you are making ??

Re:This is scary (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179798)


Shuddup, nigger.

That's nothing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179876)

I once exploded my old #2 pencil during an Iowa test of basic skills....

Re:This is scary (5, Funny)

Lost Penguin (636359) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179894)

"Any links on what signs to look for before your cell phone battery explodes?"

If the caller ID says "Mossad", do not answer.

Ah... (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179944)

Ah, exprosions! Very nice!

:-)

[Max Headroom: "War"]

Picture of explosion (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179689)

Warning: Goatse link! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179833)

As if you couldn't already tell....

Re:Warning: Goatse link! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179887)

Darnit, my cellphone just exploded when I clicked on that link.

Or, google cache of that link.. or google listing of searches for "goatse.cx"..

Dam I would have had them fired for work with My links darnit. Trolls these days.. so lazy.

Re:Warning: Goatse link! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179900)


Nice lead, but it's still that stupid stetched butt guy again .Here's a picture of the cell phone blowing up. [tinyurl.com] Hardly an explosion, looks like a little smoke to me.

PARENT IS "GOATSE LINK" TROLL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179901)

it is pathetic when people who disagree with opposing opinions call their links "goatse links".

Maybe.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179691)

It was the hot Norwegian climate?

Re:Maybe.. (2, Informative)

LucidityZero (602202) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179766)

Holland != Norway

Re:Maybe.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179816)

Well, perhaps if the people in The Netherlands would pick one name for their country and stick to it, I'd remember that.

Re:Maybe.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179957)

the netherlands != holland

holland is just part of the netherlands

Hey... (5, Funny)

The Human Cow (646609) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179692)

Is that an exploding cell phone in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?

Re:Hey... (1)

Really Strange (693935) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179703)

"What have I got in my pockets?"--Bilbo

The thought makes me Cringe (1)

l810c (551591) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179724)

He had his cellphone in his Pocket and burned Just His Legs. I'll not be slipping my Nokia in my pocket again. My wife and I would like to have one more child.

Re:The thought makes me Cringe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179758)

OH GOD PLEASE NO

Re:Hey... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179951)

The exploding cell phone in your pants is because you're happy to see simoniker and his huge stretched anus [goatse.cx] you silly faggot. You probably shoved the cell phone up your ass, too, along with CmdrTaco's tiny dick, you fuckstick. And I most certainly am not happy to see faggot Slashbots like you. I fucking hate losers like you. You make me fucking sick.

So take the cock out of your ass, Michael's cock out of your mouth, stop jacking off to gay porn for a moment, and maybe you'll realize that Lunix fucking sucks. I bet you use Lunix, too, because you're a pink-skirted nigger that posts to this shitty ass site. Obviously no respectable person would post here, and they would certainly use Microsoft Windows XP. But here, if your OS isn't coded by retarded faggots who couldn't hold a job licking shit out of public toilets, you're a fucking outcast. Lunix is gay. You are gay.

Fuck off and die you stupid gay ass nigger. If I ever see you or your gay cellphone, I WILL KICK YOUR ASS.

Verizon (5, Funny)

damiena (263598) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179696)

Can you hear me now?

*BOOM*

Re:Verizon (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179735)

*BOOM*...

Can you hear me now? Cause I sure as hell can't hear you now...

Re:Verizon (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179821)


Nigger, shuddup.

Re:Verizon (0)

ghitz9 (594571) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179866)

I laughed my head off to your comment, it's simply halarious....reminds of the Verizon guy.

Re:Verizon (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179965)


....reminds of the Verizon guy

Ya think so? Wow, you are a master at determining innuendo. I'd be interesting in hearing your critical reading of The Wasteland on of these days, because you've demonstated such insigh here today.

dumb fuck.

Re:Verizon (1)

SpikeSpegiel (622734) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179891)

Except that Verizon stopped using Nokia phones 2 years ago, the last supported phone was the 5185.

Verizon doesn't like Nokia

N-Gage (2, Funny)

BigDork1001 (683341) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179698)

One things for sure, the N-Gage sure isn't exploding off the shelves.

Re:N-Gage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179729)

I heard over on ArsTechnica that Electronics Boutique only sold ~100 N-Gage's in the *entire* U.S., most stores only sold 1 or 2.

Re:N-Gage (1)

sl0ppy (454532) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179861)

doesn't surprise me. $300 for a gameboy? i think not.

Sounds like defective batteries (1)

Chronos56 (652646) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179699)

This reminds me of the bad capacaters that showed up on a bunch of motherboards a couple of years ago. I wonder if these exploding batteries are the result of industrial esponage gone wrong line in the caps case?

Re:Sounds like defective batteries (4, Informative)

Orne (144925) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179953)

The bad capacitors were faulty because some manufacturers opted for cheaper electolytics [slashdot.org] that expanded too much when they heated up... fixed volume, increasing pressure due to temperature, and they pop.

Nokia claims that they haven't changed materials... my guess is that these phones are getting hotter faster, probably drawing more current to run all the new features they keep adding, and the chemical batteries aren't reacting well.

Bang! (1)

mezron (132274) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179704)

Can you hear me now? ;)

Dark Humor (1)

giraphe (651004) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179707)

Would it be wrong to laugh at something like this? I mean, just imagine how funny it would be watching this happen to somebody while they were talking.

Re:Dark Humor (1)

rootofevil (188401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179829)

only if they were in their SUV, doing 45 in the fast lane, and took out 3 others of their kind at the same time.

Re:Dark Humor (1)

Richard_L_James (714854) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179855)

Yes it would be wrong. As it wouldn't be very funny [art.com]

Re:Dark Humor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179913)

This should only happen to people who:

a) TALK REALLY LOUD IN PUBLIC PLACES
b) insist on using one of those walkie-talkie type phones
c) are that Verizon Guy

Big Deal!! (4, Funny)

whiteranger99x (235024) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179710)

So you can say the message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.....

They've been doing that in Mission Impossible for YEARS! :P

Re:Big Deal!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179941)

Somebody remember this when someone starts clammoring for prior art.

DAMN! And I thought this was a decent phone... (1)

SoTuA (683507) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179711)

well, I've always bought nokia because they survive any fall (I even saw a nokia 3320 fall four floors and survive... cracked shell, but the phone worked) but now you've kind of made me nervous...

If this were America... (4, Funny)

wrinkledshirt (228541) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179714)

...you know those two poor souls would be getting sued by the company right about now.

Re:If this were America... (1)

seriv (698799) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179822)

can you sue me now?
-Seriv

Re:If this were America... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179842)

Actually, it would be the other way around, and then the story of the lawsuit would be posted on slashdot, then the Libertarian/Republican Dog-Eat-Dog/Survival of the fittest idiots would complain that it was a "Frivolous" Lawsuit and that the victims deserve nothing.

Re:If this were America... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179959)

Didn't they learn anything from the McDonalds incident? Don't put the damn thing there if you don't want to get burned.

Lesson: (0)

djdrew6k (526089) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179715)

Buy Samsung? Or maybe don't talk to people.

DUPE... i think... (-1, Redundant)

Devil's BSD (562630) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179716)

Re:DUPE... i think... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179737)

It's not a dupe but it's the same story.

Re:DUPE... i think... (1)

RexHowland (71795) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179760)

It's not a dupe. The previous article involved third-party batteries, which Nokia could blame for being faulty.

What's scary this time is that, apparently, this was an original, first-party battery.

Re:DUPE... i think... (1)

sirvulcan (700310) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179768)

that story is about the first incident which we are told of in this article "the first one being back in August when a Dutch woman's phone exploded in her hand. Nokia blamed the first incident on a third party battery that the woman was using and warned customers to only use Nokia parts and accessories with their phones"

REDUNDANT?!?!?!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179795)

How is this redundant!?!

REDUNDANT?!?!?!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179889)

How is this redundant!?!

Re:REDUNDANT?!?!?!! (1)

puck71 (223721) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179902)

Because there's not a mod category for "wrong"

IMPORTANT (5, Funny)

I don't want to spen (638810) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179718)

Don't set your ring tone to the 1812 overture ....

Here we go again (1)

tintruder (578375) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179730)

This is getting to sound like the story last year where the guy in England burned his crank on a laptop that got hot while he was engrossed in porn.
If people are uncomfortable with a hot phone on their ear, perhaps try a headset?
Maybe also keep your phone somewhere that the terminals don't get shorted out with gum wrappers or whatever.

Re:Here we go again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179750)

I've noticed that they call them notebooks, not laptops anymore .... wonder what thy'll call palmtops if someone gets burned on one of those?

Product testing (1)

seriv (698799) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179732)

This shows that Nokia obviously needs to work more on product testing. I mean you expect cell phones to have problems with software or something minor. Sounds more like a prank cell phone then a real one.
-Seriv

Re:Product testing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179775)

dont be a dumbass. elevendy trillion phones out there and 2 explode.

hmmmm
yeah...further testing would have shown that .0000000000000001% of phones might explode.

Okay... (1, Funny)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179742)

What's the DTMF sequence to make the phone explode, so I can blow the next telemarketer's phone?????

news report... (2, Informative)

dilvie (713915) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179745)

I saw a local news report last night about the same thing. In Utah. I don't remember what channel it was on, but I assumed it was an isolated incident. Maybe there's something more to it...

That hurts, (2, Funny)

TLouden (677335) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179746)

now Nokia can't use explosions as an excuse to sell more of their parts. And they thought putting 'prizes' in some of the phones would help them sell more.

Exactly what is exploding? (2, Interesting)

MavEtJu (241979) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179747)

Does anybody know what is actually exploding? Is it the battery? Is it the CPU? Is it one of the memory chips? "The telephone is exploding" is almost as vague "his house blew up".

Re:Exactly what is exploding? (3, Insightful)

pctainto (325762) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179808)

Most definetely the battery. Lithium Ion batteries are known to explode when they go out of the normal operating specs. ALL LiIon batteries have control circuits which keep the dis/charging within the safe bound (keeping from overcharging/discharging). LiIon batteries are very explosive when they are not in a controlled environment, so it seems that the control circuit simply failed.

RTFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179811)

dumbass

What model? (1)

Exiler (589908) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179751)

I never wanted a cellphone before, but if I'm promised pyrotechnics...

This sounds like ... (4, Informative)

switched4OSX (668686) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179754)

what the Isreali Mossad used to (and probably still do) to suspected terrorist phones. Inside agent would swap his phone with one modified with plastic explosives. Then they would call the terrories, and when he put his ear to phone it would blow it off.

Re:This sounds like ... (4, Funny)

eggmit (685782) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179777)

I think it blew off more than his ear. If all they wanted was a removed ear, they could enlist the aid of Mike Tyson.

Re:This sounds like ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179879)

ive got 2 digits for you: 24

Exploding batteries... what do you mean by that? (1)

shadow099 (685953) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179759)

I question what do you mean by explode... Did some of the battery acid spill out??? or are we like talking fire and brimstone here??? I would think most likely the battery just burst, aka the acid leaving the battery case.. but the article really does not say.

Re:Exploding batteries... what do you mean by that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179907)

you're not meant to read that article thing anyway ;)

Phone battery internals (1)

wrmrxxx (696969) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179920)

Probably not so really battery acid: mobile phone batteries are typically Lithium Ion rather than lead acid like a car battery that can leak acid.

The Lithium Ion batteries in modern phones burn very well, and can even explode. They heat up when they are being charged, and they can also heat up under load, i.e. when the phone is transmitting. The battery pack that you attach to the back of the phone usually contains not only one or more Li-Ion cells (each cell produces a nominal 4.2V and most phones operate with that), but a temperature sensor and a small circuit board with a protection circuit on it.

The temperature sensor is used during charging to cut out charge if the battery overheats, to avoid it catching fire and/or exploding. I'm not sure if phones also monitor the battery temperature during normal use.

The protection circuit on the output of the cell stops the battery from discharging too deeply, because Li-Ion batteries are hard to recharge if they go too flat. It also usually limits the output current (i.e. the speed at which the battery can be discharged) to prevent sparks or overloading and presumably overheating.

Despite the disadvantages (limited lifespan of the cell is another), lithium ion batteries offer important advantages over other types of battery technology. They are small and light, and can be partially discharged then recharged repeatedly.

The article doesn't go into the detail of the cause of the incident. It could have been the temperature sensor failing, resulting in overcharge. It could have been something totally unrelated, but it seems most likely to have been the battery: its the most obvious explosive part in the phone.

Fitting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179762)

Maybe he will think twice about leaving it on during the movie next time.

The Reg says one in 'Nam, too. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179764)

"I love the smell of burning Nokias in the morning... smells like seven figures in punitive damages!"

hmmm (2, Funny)

the_other_one (178565) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179765)

Perhaps they should ban these things on airliners.
At least untill they have safe alchohol filled fuel cells.
Instead of these new fangled battery things.

Batteries do explode and its not just Nokia... (5, Informative)

toupsie (88295) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179770)

I have a Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse that is powered by double-a batteries. On night, I was surfing the web and heard a loud POP. No, I wasn't surfing porn. I spent 5 minutes wondering where this loud sound came from. I looked at my tangled mess of power strips plugged into power strips. I looked all over and found nada. Then thinking I had just imagined the sound or had my ear pop for some reason, I went back to surfing but my mouse wouldn't work. Sure enough, one of the brand new, brand name double-a batteries exploded in the mouse. It destroyed the inside electronics of the mouse. Thank Microsoft uses a sturdy plastic in them or it could have been a very painful right hand.

Remember, batteries are full of energy -- DUH! One defect and BAM! you have a little bomb after prolonged use. One reason you shouldn't throw them in a fire unless you are really drunk and have track shoes on.

Re:Batteries do explode and its not just Nokia... (1)

YellowElectricRat (637662) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179820)

I have a Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse that is powered by double-a batteries. On night, I was surfing the web and heard a loud POP. No, I wasn't surfing porn. I spent 5 minutes wondering where this loud sound came from. I looked at my tangled mess of power strips plugged into power strips. I looked all over and found nada. Then thinking I had just imagined the sound or had my ear pop for some reason, I went back to surfing but my mouse wouldn't work. Sure enough, one of the brand new, brand name double-a batteries exploded in the mouse. It destroyed the inside electronics of the mouse. Thank Microsoft uses a sturdy plastic in them or it could have been a very painful right hand.

Damn... Ending up with a painful right hand without surfing porn... Scary.

Re:Batteries do explode and its not just Nokia... (1)

Unregistered (584479) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179835)

Kinda like when i tried to recharge non-rechargeable batteries. Though, the explosion wasn't more thn a pop with a little battery juice leaking out when i blew the battery. Didn't even hurt the charger.

Maybe if they spent more time working on phones (3, Informative)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179773)

Originally a tire company (!!!), Nokia has expanded quickly into other markets completely unrelated to the core of their business. Since they moved into the cell phone business, it seems to have become their top priority, however even this focus is slipping. They are turning towards building home entertainment appliances like set top boxes and TiVo-like devices. Unfortunately, like when they moved towards cell phones and their tire business suffered, their cell phone quality is sufferring because of this refocusing on new markets.

Re:Maybe if they spent more time working on phones (1)

E_elven (600520) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179886)

Uh, Nokia has been making TV stuff for years and years.

Re:Maybe if they spent more time working on phones (1)

femto (459605) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179964)

It was quite strange when I visited Finland to see a pile of gumboots sitting in the corner with a big 'NOKIA' brand on the front. Apparently every Finn has a pair of Nokia gumboots.

Preparing for the next "Winter War?" (1)

vudufixit (581911) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179785)

Perhaps the Finns really meant these as cleverly disguised grenades to hand out to citizen-soldiers in case the Russians invade again?

Re:Preparing for the next "Winter War?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179958)

Or they could just ally with Nazis like they did the last time around.

Nokia in the hole!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179802)

Watch out!!!

Safety first, please. And that is a serious remark to companies, burns are not fun.

Is Nokia a front for Osama Bin Laden? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179818)

I'm suspecting that this is the case...

To-do! (1)

EuropeanSwallow (662253) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179819)

Remember to keep cell phone away from my short-n-curlies...

Ouch!

Singin' Soprano (2, Funny)

MeauxToo (644228) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179830)

Sure hope he ain't singin' soprano with a cell phone exploding so close to the family blueprints.

Pocket (1)

writermike (57327) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179831)

Proposed Nokia ad:

Is that a phone in your pocket, or... AGH, AGH, AGH!

battery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179838)

I had a battery explode in my pocket before without any phone attached to it.

It didn't really explode it just started getting super fucking hot and burned my hand taking it out.

Very bizarre it felt like my pants where on fire but I look down and see nothing burning, I was totally baffled until I remember the battery.

Not a good time, feeling your leg burning with no apparent explanation...

Re:battery (2, Informative)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179950)

The battery probably shorted against your keys or something in your pocket, reminds me of the time i picked up a cap from somewhere, nothing to powerful, but it was in a plastic bag which i placed in my pocket. Being thin plastic, both the leads poked through the bag and discharged into my leg, didn't hurt to much, but it was quite a shock. *ducks bricks resulting from bad pun*

On Purpose? (2, Interesting)

interiot (50685) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179839)

Jason Kottke links to suggestions [kottke.org] that the Nokia phones detect batteries which aren't made by Nokia, and when it detects on, it puts the phone in maximum-current-draw mode to try to encourage the user to buy a Nokia battery, and this could be causing the exploding batteries.

Of course, this is an allegation that'd be hard to prove without insider verification. Or possibly, with some astute multimeter readings.

tsk tsk... (1)

Epistax (544591) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179844)

This is a rather extreme method of fighting off those people who talk very loud into their cellphone at the worst possible moment talking on and on and..

I retract my previous statement.

Nokia for sale! (1)

Trejkaz (615352) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179845)

On a completely unrelated note, does anyone want to buy my used Nokia 6385?

It occasionally wears a towl on its head and worships Allah, but I don't think it's a suicide bomber.

Re:Nokia for sale! (1)

seriv (698799) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179869)

Thats just unnecessary. I mean come on, it is an article about cell phones, no need to target arabs.
-Seriv

Not the second reported case (2, Informative)

FortissimoWily (703397) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179851)

"This is the second reported incident of Nokia phones exploding, the first one being back in August when a Dutch woman's phone exploded in her hand."
Actually, there have been two cases reported *this week* by The Register [theregister.co.uk] , as well as the one back in August, so it's not the second reported incident at all. ;)

What I want to know is, when will we see the first exploding N-Gage?

LiON and NiMH batteries... (4, Informative)

TheLocustNMI (159898) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179854)

...are both very volatile power systems. Being an remote-control electric flight enthusiast, I have heard too many stories about NiMH cells exploding ("it sounded like a shotgun blast!") and LiON batteries burning up cars. They are fine if they aren't damaged or defective -- but a NimH or especially LiON cells that have been damaged can be VERY dangerous.

Me, I'm waiting for nuclear-powered cellphones! Chernobyl in your pocket!

It was bound to happen (1)

Cat_Byte (621676) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179880)

Nokia phones can handle email, spammers out of control, it was bound to happen...A spammer flamed him.

Hmmmm (0)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179885)

Compared to conventional means, I suppose this is an easier method of removing game cartridges from your N-Gage.

Think of the odds! (5, Informative)

shplorb (24647) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179892)

Q: How many phones do Nokia sell each year?
A: Millions

Q: How many of their phones explode each year?
A: 1 or 2

Q: How many cars are sold each year?
A: Millions

Q: How many people die on the roads each year?
A: Thousands

Conclusion: You have a greater chance of dying in a car crash than having your mobile phone explode.

hello?!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179897)

happened to 2 dutch ppl..i mean, 70-80% of the ppl in europe have a gsm, nokia's the marketleader...and it happens to be 2dutch ppl who get hit?

to conclude: dutch ppl should not be allowed to buy nokia gsm's..or any gsm for that matter

This looks like the start of an urban legend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7179918)

The Register [theregister.co.uk]
has similar stories [theregister.co.uk] .

I think someone is spreading FUD here.

Sounds like fun (1)

baneblackblade (682424) | more than 10 years ago | (#7179942)

I'd previously been of the opinion that cell-phones are evil!! but now, I really really really want one! And if they could provide instructions in the manual for how to make them explode, preferably with a timer feature, then I'll buy a bundle!
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"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>