July 8, 2012
Exploding Galaxy S III Phone Revealed As A Hoax
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
A Galaxy S III smartphone that allegedly exploded while charging in a customer's car showed signs of microwave oven damage and had apparently been intentionally heated until it caught fire, Samsung representatives told reporters on Saturday.
According to Eddie Wrenn of the Daily Mail, the so-called exploding phone was first mentioned on an Internet forum by an Irish user who has since retracted his claims saying that he was "mistaken" about the source of the damage.
An investigation into the matter, conducted by Fire Investigations UK (FIUK), has revealed that the heat that damaged the phone was generated by an external source and not the device itself, ZDNet's Karen Friar said. During their analysis, FIUK's tests analyzed not only the damaged smartphone, but other Galaxy S III units as well.
"The device was not responsible for the cause of the fire," the investigators ruled, according to Friar. "The only way it was possible to produce damage similar to the damage recorded within the owner's damaged device was to place the devices or component parts within a domestic microwave."
The story of the combustible Galaxy S III originated on June 20, when a user named 'dillo2k10' took to an Irish online forum to post about how the device suddenly produced a "bang" and a "white flame" while resting in a car mount. Samsung launched their investigation the next day.
Following the FIUK findings, the user retracted his original statement, posting that there was no fault with the phone and that the damage had been caused by "another person" who apparently had been attempting to dry out the device. The user said that it was "not a deliberate act but a stupid mistake," and the original thread -- which contained photos of the damaged Galaxy S III, is no longer available online, Friar said.
The Galaxy S III, which uses a 2,100mAh battery, has been a sales success for the Korean tech company. As previously reported by our own Michael Harper, the device has already been called the fastest-selling pre-ordered phone in the UK. In fact, Samsung executives had predicted that they will have sold more than 10 million units before the end of June.