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Exploding Batteries Are Fake, Says Nokia
Hindustan Times ^ | September 3, 2007 | By Archana Khatri

Posted on 09/03/2007 8:04:14 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL

(New Delhi) - Nokia, the world’s largest maker of mobile handsets, on Monday blamed fake batteries and tampered cell phones for explosion in its mobiles, while advising customers to use original components.

“Our investigation shows that either the batteries were fake or tampered with,” D Shivakumar, managing director, Nokia India, said, while addressing a press conference in the National Capital.

The Finnish company also mustered support from the Cellular Operators Association (COAI) and Indian Cellular Association (ICA).

According to ICA President Anand Mahendroo, there is a large market of counterfeit batteries in India, all imported mostly from China. “Seventy to 75 per cent of the 4-4.5 crore replacement battery market is dominated by counterfeit batteries,” Mahendroo said. A fake battery is available in the market for Rs 10 only, compared with Rs 200 for an original, due to duty difference, he added.

“Fake product is being used by people who contribute 150 to 180 average revenue per user per month, and these are the people who do not have any knowledge about these batteries,” COAI Director-General TV Ramachandran said. People who generally use fake batteries are ignorant consumers, he added.

A fake battery fails to cut of the charging when fully charged and can cause short circuit as well. It also underperforms. While the original battery would last for 4 hours of talk time, the fake battery would offer only one-one-and- a-half-hour of talk time.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cellphones; china; madeinchina; nokia

1 posted on 09/03/2007 8:04:16 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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”Made in China” Ping.

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2 posted on 09/03/2007 8:04:38 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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...all imported mostly from China...

Thank you for clearing that up. Since it’s from Hindustan Times I won’t mock the reporter for the bad grammar.

3 posted on 09/03/2007 8:06:07 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Made in China = Doesn’t Work and Might Kill You, but it’s Cheap.


4 posted on 09/03/2007 8:09:30 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I was guessing that ...


5 posted on 09/03/2007 8:24:35 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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According to ICA President Anand Mahendroo, there is a large market of counterfeit batteries in India, all imported mostly from China.

"The Club for Growth . . . wants the United States to stand still and never impose any 'retaliatory trade measures against China'"

What's a few lives and limbs (or eyes, teeth, skin, etc. etc.), the holy free trade with the PRC is all that matters. You protectionists!

6 posted on 09/03/2007 9:34:51 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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Except the Indian distributor likely knew the batteries were fake. I don’t know who is worse, the counterfeit producer or the counterfeit distributor.


7 posted on 09/04/2007 8:31:24 AM PDT by GeorgeKant
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To: JACKRUSSELL

ABC has a Chevy truck that self explodes, if you like.


8 posted on 09/04/2007 8:34:13 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (If General Patton was alive, he would slap many faces!!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

ABC has a Chevy truck that self explodes, if you like.


9 posted on 09/04/2007 8:34:15 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (If General Patton was alive, he would slap many faces!!)
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Please add me to thi ping list, thanks.


10 posted on 09/04/2007 8:38:35 AM PDT by Hydroshock ("The Constitution should be taken like mountain whiskey -- undiluted and untaxed." - Sam Ervin)
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To: GeorgeKant
I don’t know who is worse, the counterfeit producer or the counterfeit distributor.

...or the counterfeit buyer. A genuine Nokia battery for $1.99 on eBay or at a flea market? No one can be that naiive.
11 posted on 09/04/2007 8:39:41 AM PDT by JayNorth
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To: GeorgeKant
Except the Indian distributor likely knew the batteries were fake. I don’t know who is worse, the counterfeit producer or the counterfeit distributor.

I blame the distributor for not figuring out that the Chinese producer would be sleazy enough to bid at the spec, but build below spec, resulting in exploding batteries.

12 posted on 09/04/2007 1:46:05 PM PDT by Zhang Fei
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To: JayNorth
...or the counterfeit buyer. A genuine Nokia battery for $1.99 on eBay or at a flea market? No one can be that naiive.

It happens. Retailers go bust and dump their stock to liquidators. Not a pretty process for the failed businesses involved, but an opportunity for eagle-eyed consumers to pick up bargains.

13 posted on 09/04/2007 1:50:13 PM PDT by Zhang Fei
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To: GeorgeKant
I don’t know who is worse, the counterfeit producer or the counterfeit distributor.

Both.

14 posted on 09/04/2007 7:15:50 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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