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Indian man killed when his Nokia exploded

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Aug 2010 18:27 User comments (16)

Indian man killed when his Nokia exploded According to multiple reports, Indian citizen Gopal Gujjar was killed last week when his Nokia mobile phone exploded while he was making a call.
Gujjar died of injuries to his right ear, neck and shoulders.

The body was found with blasted remains of the phone near Gujjar's farm in Banda village, Kota.

Police say the phone was a basic level Nokia 1209, which was released in the nation in 2008.

Reports claim the incident is the first time in Indian history that a mobile phone has exploded while not being charged.

Earlier in the year, a 27-year old Indian woman was killed when her phone exploded during a call. In her case, however, the phone was charging while she made the call.

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16 user comments

124.8.2010 21:00

Cheap as hell chinese batteries with zero QC?

224.8.2010 22:11

wow, now Nokia is going to get sued...for sure lol

and they say Nokia is unbreakable! it is Exploadable lol

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325.8.2010 0:09

well if it was the result of a cheap battery that isnt supported by nokia then its not really there fault its the fault of the company that manufactered the battery.Ive had heaps of nokias over the years and never had any major problems with them.


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425.8.2010 0:47

also they haven't claimed if the cell phone was rigged to explode or not suggesting foul play.

525.8.2010 1:12

"Police say the phone was a basic level Nokia 1209, which was released in the nation in 2008.

Reports claim the incident is the first time in Indian history that a mobile phone has exploded while not being charged."

"Basic Level Nokia 1209" - Does this mean it was unmodified? Stock battery? Surely a small brick of C4 would be considered an upgrade...

I know it is not the first time a mobile phone has exploded off the charger, unless you ignore smartphones...because there were plenty of exploding 3GS's sold there.

625.8.2010 3:29

"Surely a small brick of C4 would be considered an upgrade... "
Anyone else see the episode of Deadliest Warriors where they packed a cell full of semtex?

725.8.2010 8:51

Made in CHINA SHITE!!!!!!!

825.8.2010 17:20

Gotta make sure I get a strong as hell case for my next phone. The military doesn't need grenades anymore, just throw a Nokia 1209 and some iPhones.

926.8.2010 5:51

Originally posted by mike.m:
Gotta make sure I get a strong as hell case for my next phone. The military doesn't need grenades anymore, just throw a Nokia 1209 and some iPhones.
The only problem is that cases tend to make phones run hotter; making an explosion more likely. Maybe if you could find a kevlar case...

1026.8.2010 7:52

Originally posted by badmanvan:
Made in CHINA SHITE!!!!!!!
hahah, at least my Evo is made in Taiwan

1126.8.2010 9:00

I still dont understand how the phone can explode without a trigger of some sort...

1226.8.2010 12:46

I don't buy it...Is there really anything that could explode with such force in a cell? Even if it was a cheap battery?

1328.8.2010 7:54
macster8
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Wow. Didn't know this could actually happen from a cellphone. I mean, seriously??

1431.8.2010 15:36

Originally posted by bam431:
"Surely a small brick of C4 would be considered an upgrade... "
Anyone else see the episode of Deadliest Warriors where they packed a cell full of semtex?
Actually it's been done for real. years ago a Palestinian leader was assassinated with such a setup. You don't need a lot of explosive to get just one man.

1531.8.2010 18:16

Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
well if it was the result of a cheap battery that isnt supported by nokia then its not really there fault its the fault of the company that manufactered the battery.Ive had heaps of nokias over the years and never had any major problems with them.
I bet it will be impossible to sue the battery manufacturer. You can build shell industries in that country. No sue Nokia they have the money, they are easy to sue and they should have known better.

161.9.2010 0:39

What is not known is how old the instrument was. With the available packages for mobile phone more and more people are moving away from the landlines. My phone actually costs me just $2.20 per year for free incoming within my circle and get about 80 minutes of talk time.

The price difference between an original Nokia battery and Chinese chipo is quite large around US$ 6/=. But who in his right mind would replace a dead battery costing US$ 7/= when a brand new instrument with 1 year warranty itself is available for around US$ 25/= in open market that can be used with absolutely any GSM service provider?

BTW the original Nokia supplied batteries are also made in China!

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