Nokia pins exploding phones on counterfeit batteries

Nokia pins exploding phones on counterfeit batteries

Three recent incidents of exploding Nokia phones are due to the use of counterfeit batteries, a Nokia spokeswoman in the US said yesterday.

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

Original mobile phone batteries are available for between $US24.95 and $74.95 through Nokia's US shopping Web site, but many companies or individuals sell illegally manufactured batteries for much cheaper than original batteries. 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 non-original batteries. The Finnish company cited incidents in Europe, Asia and Africa where counterfeit batteries overheated, or non-original mobile phone chargers corrupted original batteries.

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