Counterfeit batteries caused Nokias to explode

A Nokia spokeswoman in the US has said that three recent incidents of exploding Nokia phones were caused by the use of...

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A Nokia spokeswoman in the US has said that three recent incidents of exploding Nokia phones were caused by the use of counterfeit batteries.

Two Nokia users in the Netherlands and one in Vietnam were injured by exploding phones, and Nokia has learned that all three users had installed counterfeit batteries manufactured by unauthorised suppliers.

Genuine phone batteries are available for between $24.95 and $74.95 through Nokia's US shopping website, but many companies or individuals sell illegally manufactured batteries for far less. Those batteries are not subject to the same quality control and testing that Nokia batteries undergo, the spokeswoman said.

Nokia issued a press release in February about the hazards of using counterfeit batteries. The company cited incidents in Europe, Asia, and Africa where counterfeit batteries overheated, or non-original mobile phone chargers corrupted original batteries.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service



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