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    SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - At least five mobile phones have exploded over the last two months in Brazil, causing anxiety among phone users and making news headlines.

    The incidents, representing only a fraction of the 89 million phones in circulation in Brazil, all involved Motorola phones. The company said it was investigating and Brazil's telecommunication agency is pursuing the case as well.

    In the most recent incident on April 30, the 34-year-old victim in Formosa, Goias state, had surgery for burns on her thighs and arms. She was driving with the phone in her lap when it exploded.

    Others accidents since April were reported in Rio de Janeiro and three cities in Sao Paulo state.

    Motorola said the probable cause of the explosion was that the owners used non-original or low-quality batteries.

    "We are having a strong campaign to alert users not to buy accessories which are not original. It's very common for people to do this in markets or non-authorized stores," Motorola spokeswoman Samantha Simon said last week.
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    Of course Motorola blames the customer.

    And now:
    My 700P will be better than your 700p!

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    And nobody has bothered to ask if they had non-oem batteries in them? Every "exploding phone trick" story I've ever read said that they had put an aftermarket bettery in the phone.
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    oh duh...rtfp....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMooch
    And nobody has bothered to ask if they had non-oem batteries in them? Every "exploding phone trick" story I've ever read said that they had put an aftermarket bettery in the phone.
    - Where does the bettery go?

    Seriously, with as many phones as there are out there, if there were a real widespread problem it would surface pretty quickly.
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    the bettery goes on the 700P! At least I didn't use buttery....
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    Gee - let's see - five out of 89 MILLION
    Think I'll takes my chances at 5.6179775280898876404494382022472e-8.
    Remember, the "P" in PDA stands for personal.
    If it works for you, it is "P"erfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OnceUponAn00b
    Of course Motorola blames the customer.
    Keep in mind that most phones in Brasil are either Motorola or Nokias, so the fact that they were all motorolas doesn't really mean much. The victims probably got some cheapo piece of $^!& replacement batteries at a Câmelodromo (open black-market with REALLY cheap electronics of questionable origins). It's possible that the phones were "reconditioned" from a Câmelo as well; "reconditioned" in Brasil usually means an unskilled tech with no training hacked it to 'work' again and maybe put a new shell on it to look nice. I'll bet the internal voltage was off, or maybe shorted from a crappy reconditioning job.

    Formosa is very hot this time of year (40+ Celsius), the batteries likely over-heated.

    Still sux for the victims, but at least Brasil has government-subsidized health centers
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    I thot we covered this before .... IIRC car chargers (non current limiting) and aftermarket batteries have been the problem in most cases.

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