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Freshly-charged battery thought to be culprit.

A Chinese man has died after an exploding cell phone apparently severed his carotid artery, according to reports from China. The local Chinese paper Shin Min Daily is reporting on the victim, thought to be a computer shop clerk in his twenties.

One of the man's coworkers said both were in the store together, when she heard a loud bang, and turned to find the victim lying in a pool of blood. The man had apparently just finished charging the phone and placed it in his shirt pocket.

The make and model of the phone were not reported. Police are said to be investigating whether the cell phone or the battery were counterfeit.

Motorola and Nokia have in the past denied links to problem batteries in China.

This is said to be the ninth such cell phone explosion in China since 2002, including one last year which killed an iron worker in Gansu province.

There have been several other reports of people killed by cell phone explosions, in nations ranging from Ghana to South Korea.



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It is time...
By MrBlastman on 2/3/2009 12:07:43 PM , Rating: 5
For the Chinese Government to become even more aggressive in their pursuance of knock-off artists and factories that are cutting too many corners.

Instead, it looks like they have issued a warning to cell phone users with great tips like this:

"- Do not expose your mobile phone to high temperatures, and avoid exposing it to direct sunlight "

Hmm... avoid exposing it to direct sunlight. Well, I guess you can't take a walk and talk on the phone outside anymore. If China was more diligent in their pursuance of poor manufacturing standards, they might not be having problems like this over there.

I think this should be yet another wake-up call to Americans to the good old saying: "You get what you pay for." If you pay for cheap, such as sub-par Chinese goods, you get just that. There are exceptions to the rule of course (Apple, ahem) where you overpay for items, but I believe there is a realm of reason that suggests a middle ground shall occur, one where cost of goods, profit, and retail price and total overall quality meet an acceptable middle ground.

We have the ability to make that choice here. Over there - perhaps they do not due to the lack of income which doe not afford them this degree of purchase flexibility. What a tragedy - I'm sorry to hear that this has happened.




RE: It is time...
By Alexstarfire on 2/3/2009 12:15:49 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, 9 explosions in 7 years.... that's barely more than 1 a year. It's not even worth reporting on. I see no possible way there is a link between them. Considering the amount of cell phones in China I'd gladly take my chances.


RE: It is time...
By Totally on 2/3/2009 12:20:36 PM , Rating: 3
there have been over ten of these case in china within the past year, but it's china home of knocking-off the knock-off.


RE: It is time...
By mars777 on 2/3/2009 12:38:52 PM , Rating: 2
Still 1 on 100 million :P


RE: It is time...
By Alexstarfire on 2/3/2009 2:23:10 PM , Rating: 2
Do you just make up numbers or something, because the numbers I mentioned are right in the article.


RE: It is time...
By afkrotch on 2/3/2009 4:12:13 PM , Rating: 3
They need to increase the incidents to help stop overpopulation. At the same time put some kind of poison into baby formula, cheaply construct buildings so it easily collapses during an earthquake, and maybe while your at it, taint dog food too.


RE: It is time...
By masher2 (blog) on 2/3/2009 4:34:47 PM , Rating: 2
As China modernizes its antiquated agricultural system, it's going to find its massive population to be a tremendous asset, rather than something that needs to be reduced.


RE: It is time...
By room200 on 2/3/2009 10:54:18 PM , Rating: 3
Dude, 9 explosions in 7 years.... that's barely more than 1 a year. It's not even worth reporting on.

Well I guess that's true....unless it's YOUR cartoid artery that's been severed.


RE: It is time...
By bildan on 2/3/2009 12:19:00 PM , Rating: 3
Unfortunately, with the crooks running brand name labels these days, even if you pay dearly you're probably still getting the same cheap Chinese knockoff.


RE: It is time...
By Motoman on 2/3/2009 12:34:24 PM , Rating: 5
...nice dig at the Chinese counterfeit industry, but have you forgotten all the "high-quality" Sony and other batteries that have been exploding? Doesn't have to be a knock-off to explode - this guy's phone may have been totally legit.

...but it does indicate an ingenious plan to attack somebody. Ship them a whackload of dodgy cellphones with batteries ready to blow. A day later, they're all staggering around with phone shrapnel in their heads, and then you send in the Marines - cleverly disguised as pirates, with eye patches, parrots, etc. swinging cutlasses and yelling "YARRR!" Because that would be an awesome way to invade somebody.


RE: It is time...
By MrBlastman on 2/3/2009 1:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
Kill the pirates... with pirates? Ingenious!

*grabs a cutlass and grins*

Though really, if you think about it, China *could* be an A-list manufacturer. It was not so long ago that Japanese goods were thought of as "cheap" and "chinchy." Go no further back than the 1960's to see what I'm talking about. Sony's batteries, what a blunder. :(


RE: It is time...
By Noya on 2/3/2009 10:09:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It was not so long ago that Japanese goods were thought of as "cheap" and "chinchy."


Yes, but was that due to the rampant racism / hatred of the Japanese or were they actually garbage like China's products are today?


RE: It is time...
By Motoman on 2/3/2009 10:38:48 PM , Rating: 2
In the 1950s? Right after WWII, where Japan imperialistically declared themselves to be superior to other races and tried to subjugate them? Hmmm...let me think whether there could be any cause for other races to hate the Japanese at that time...

...that having necessarily been pointed out, eventually everyone got over that, like we did for Germany, and by the 1970s at any rate, Japanese products were held in pretty high regard.


RE: It is time...
By rcc on 2/6/2009 4:19:35 PM , Rating: 2
you had to experience the 60's Japanese cars to believe them. That reputation had nothing to do with racism and everything to do with crap products. They've come a very long way.


RE: It is time...
By rcc on 2/3/2009 1:14:42 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
If China was more diligent in their pursuance of poor manufacturing standards,


Lol, ok, I've got to say it. If they pursue poor manufacturing standards any more diligently, they'll be in real trouble. : )


RE: It is time...
By Baov on 2/3/2009 4:52:41 PM , Rating: 2
Counterfeit chinese batteries blowing up is fo real man. A few years back i bought a battery for my minidisc off ebay and it turned out to be a fake. When i charged it, the battery swelled up and i couldn't remove it from my minidisc anymore.


RE: It is time...
By riku0116 on 2/3/2009 10:51:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Hmm... avoid exposing it to direct sunlight. Well, I guess you can't take a walk and talk on the phone outside anymore. If China was more diligent in their pursuance of poor manufacturing standards, they might not be having problems like this over there.


You'd think so, but I've learned from my 3 months stay in Beijing back in 2001, that sunshine is a rare phenomenon in China. With all the smog in the air, you'd have a hard time convincing little kids that "Yes, the sky IS supposed to be blue." I'm exaggerating a bit, but my point is, avoiding exposing your cell phone to sunlight should be perfectly doable ^^


RE: It is time...
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 2/4/2009 8:11:11 AM , Rating: 2
"Pursuit!" For God's sake, man, it's "pursuit," not "pursuance!"


Can you hear me
By Reclaimer77 on 2/3/2009 11:36:49 AM , Rating: 5
POW !




RE: Can you hear me
By threepac3 on 2/3/2009 12:54:32 PM , Rating: 4
In China the phones charge you!


RE: Can you hear me
By codeThug on 2/3/2009 1:22:42 PM , Rating: 1
no, it kills you


i'm worried...
By dome1234 on 2/3/2009 11:37:59 AM , Rating: 2
I always put it in my pants' front pocket unless i'm wearing a jacket. Guess I'd better stop. Cue exploding bollocks jokes..




RE: i'm worried...
By MrBlastman on 2/3/2009 11:54:33 AM , Rating: 5
I don't think you'd have the balls to sue if yours exploded...


RE: i'm worried...
By icanhascpu on 2/4/2009 11:09:59 PM , Rating: 2
6 because of the name too.


you guys really have faith on media
By machop on 2/3/2009 1:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
be it Chinese media or western media. They are not 100% accurate. They carry unverified, faked, biased stories all the time.

In this case, the latest development is that man has a self-made explosive thing in his pocket that caused this incident. Not killed by "Made in China cell-phone batteries".




By superkdogg on 2/3/2009 3:30:38 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, the "Chinese Government Hard at Work" guy was right.


RE: you guys really have faith on media
By GeorgeH on 2/3/2009 6:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
About this "latest development" - where does it come from, exactly, if not that that same "biased" media? Magical flying dragons, perhaps?

Why would the man be walking around with a tiny self-made explosive in his pocket, especially one that is primed and ready to detonate? Don't you find it slightly convenient that this "news" obviates everyone but the dead man of responsibility? The next time the Chinese Ministry of B.S. and Cover-ups makes up a story, I hope they'll at least come up with something believable.


By machop on 2/4/2009 12:40:43 PM , Rating: 2
I am one of co-workers of that poor guy.
Poor George, you must really believe whatever you were told by your government!


By othercents on 2/3/2009 11:50:07 AM , Rating: 5
See now China is trying to cover-up their trail of hackers. And the US was so close to catching them.

Other




Reminds me of...
By True Strike on 2/4/2009 12:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
Looking through my cell phone manual when I was bored; flipping through the 6 pages of warning and disclaimers.
My favorite:
"Do not place your cell phone in a microwave oven."

Brilliant




RE: Reminds me of...
By Donovan on 2/5/2009 8:44:44 AM , Rating: 2
Oddly enough, I've actually had a legitimate reason to put a cell phone in a microwave before (but not to turn it on). I needed to test some software I wrote which monitored the phone signal strength, and used the microwave as a Faraday cage to block the cellular signal. Worked like a charm!


Cell explosion
By blackseed on 2/3/2009 11:32:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
There have been several other reports of people killed by cell phone explosions, in nations ranging from Ghana to South Korea.


Michael, I thought the incident in South Korea was a murder cover up.




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