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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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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
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.

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation

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