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Why You Shouldn’t Lie About Microwaving Your Cell Phone
Electronic Products ^ | 7/13/12 | JEFFREY BAUSCH

Posted on 07/13/2012 11:22:37 AM PDT by null and void

Student makes mistake, tries to blame company, gets caught red-handed

Last month, a student from Ireland took to the Web forum, Boards.ie, to file a complaint that his Samsung Galaxy S3 had randomly exploded, catching fire while he was driving his car.


Damage caused to Samsung Galaxy S3 by fire.

Writing under the forum username “dilo2k10”, the student said that the incident had caused the plastic body of his phone to melt, and for the device to lose its ability to draw a signal.

“So I [sic] driving along today with my Galaxy S3 in my car mount when suddenly a white flame sparks and a bang came out of the phone,” he wrote. “I pulled in to look at my phone, the phone burned from the inside out. Burned through the plastic and melted my case to my phone. The phone kept working but without any signal.”

Samsung asked for the phone to review the case. The company, working closely with a fire investigation unit, discovered that—surprise-surprise — the student was fibbing, and that the melting was caused by “an external power source” which, they concluded, most likely came from a domestic microwave.

Representatives from the company explained the scenario in full: “The energy source responsible for generating the heat has been determined as external to the device”, and that “the device was not responsible for the cause of the fire”. They added, “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.”

Once the student realized that his lie wasn’t going to end with him getting a free phone, he took to the forums again, this time to admit that he had fabricated the details of the story, and that he was simply trying to repair water damage to his phone by sticking it in the microwave for a few seconds.

“I would like to retract my original statement,” dilo2k10 wrote. “The damage to the phone was caused by another person, although they were attempting to recover the phone from water this later caused the damage shown on the phone.”

“Another person”? So it’s still not his fault, right?

Regardless, the teen did manage to get one thing right, when he concluded his post with the last line here: “It occurred due to a large amount of external energy and there was no fault with the phone. This was not a deliberate act, but a stupid mistake.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
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Darksheare's fault...
1 posted on 07/13/2012 11:22:39 AM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

Simply priceless.

My grandmother heard about this story before it was known that it was a fraud, and warned me about how them new-fangled cellular telephones could melt and burn me.

I can’t wait to tell her about this!


2 posted on 07/13/2012 11:27:38 AM PDT by verum ago (A good physical therapist is half friend, half sadist.)
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To: null and void

As I was reading, I was thinking that placing a phone in a microwave would probably do nothing whatsoever, since microwaves excite water molecules as its means of heating foods. And the “typical” cell phone would have a water content of 0.

Then, I came upon that he was trying to get some water out of it! what a maroon.


3 posted on 07/13/2012 11:28:03 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: null and void

Apparently they don’t have rice or Ziplock bags in Ireland.


4 posted on 07/13/2012 11:28:10 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: null and void

Sued for damages yet?


5 posted on 07/13/2012 11:28:55 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I’m guessing that he dropped it in the toilet.


6 posted on 07/13/2012 11:31:06 AM PDT by Noumenon (I will not pay the Obama jizya.)
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To: null and void

If your phone or iPod gets wet, just put it in a bowl of rice, enough to cover the device, and leave it there for 24 hours. Used this trick for my daughter’s phone and hubby’s iPod that he accidentally dropped into a sink full of water.

Mrs. Prince of Space


7 posted on 07/13/2012 11:31:24 AM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby!)
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To: null and void

Very well done short video of a cell phone in a microwave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jpAI0o79kw


8 posted on 07/13/2012 11:31:24 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: null and void

A few years ago there was a story about a Chinese guy who got killed when a phone in his shirt pocket exploded. Supposedly, it was a defective battery (the Mossad was not known to have a beef with the victim).


9 posted on 07/13/2012 11:31:45 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: null and void
he was simply trying to repair water damage to his phone by sticking it in the microwave for a few seconds.

And he's student no less.
10 posted on 07/13/2012 11:32:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: C210N

Yes, microwaves excite water molecules...but not to the exclusion of any other effects.

Put just about anything conductive in a microwave (metal), and watch the fireworks.


11 posted on 07/13/2012 11:35:44 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: C210N
I was thinking that placing a phone in a microwave would probably do nothing whatsoever

Take a old CD, place in u-wave, set the timer for say, 2 seconds, push "start"...

I've read where this can produce nifty homemade Christmas tree ornaments from stuff that is normally used for quickie coasters.

Come to think of it, maybe add some sparkle to the coasters as well.

12 posted on 07/13/2012 11:37:05 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: cynwoody
"A few years ago there was a story about a Chinese guy who got killed when a phone in his shirt pocket exploded."

If you're a Chinamen with a defective product there are worse ways to go.

13 posted on 07/13/2012 11:37:35 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: C210N

Microwaves do more than that; the induce a current in any conductor in the same way that radio transmission works. I would expect that the current induced in the phone’s antennae was at least a few hundred volts.


14 posted on 07/13/2012 11:40:53 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
I wrote a comment:

This is how the Zombie Apocalypse started. I remember it well. (Watching on April 12, 2023)

15 posted on 07/13/2012 11:41:23 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Borg Zombies walk around groaning "Commmppuutteerrrrssss......Commmppuutteerrrrssss......")
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To: Prince of Space

That trick doesn’t work when the phone’s been dropped into the deep end of a swimming pool, though.


16 posted on 07/13/2012 11:44:34 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Joe 6-pack
If you're a Chinamen with a defective product there are worse ways to go.

Oddly enough, there is a slightly similar story out of China today:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2906194/posts

17 posted on 07/13/2012 11:54:07 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cripplecreek

“And he’s student no less.”

Or more or less...but rather less than more!


18 posted on 07/13/2012 11:58:30 AM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: Prince of Space
If your phone or iPod gets wet, just put it in a bowl of rice, enough to cover the device, and leave it there for 24 hours.

Cooked or uncooked rice?
19 posted on 07/13/2012 11:58:38 AM PDT by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
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To: null and void
FYI, every cellphone has a water detector in it. There's a little sticker or bit of plastic that turns to a different color if it gets wet.

If you take a phone in for warranty service, the first thing they will do is check to see if that detector has changed color. If it has, the replacement is not covered by any warranty (unless you have paid extra for one that does).

20 posted on 07/13/2012 12:02:06 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: verum ago

I’ve had all versions of the iPhone. While spontaneous ignition was never an outright problem, there have been times, especially with the earlier ones, where as an electrical engineer, I felt that something wasn’t right while charging, using it with a very depleted battery (at least by the battery meter). The case just got too damned hot for my taste, and I stopped whatever it was I was doing to it.

I suspect there are ‘some’ legitimate charges, but not all are real.


21 posted on 07/13/2012 12:03:57 PM PDT by Gaffer (NOVEMBER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Calvin Locke
Take a old CD, place in u-wave, set the timer for say, 2 seconds, push "start"...

That's how I destroy CDs and DVDs I don't want anymore. It won't keep the CIA from reading track by track under a microscope (except for the actual burnt areas), but it will keep your neighbor from taking a DVD out of your trash to see that you've been recording way too much Dancing with the Stars.

22 posted on 07/13/2012 12:05:28 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: cripplecreek
he was simply trying to repair water damage to his phone by sticking it in the microwave for a few seconds.

And he's student no less.

Hopefully not an EE student. :=)

23 posted on 07/13/2012 12:11:02 PM PDT by Bob
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To: justlurking; Shimmer1
FYI, every cellphone has a water detector in it. There's a little sticker or bit of plastic that turns to a different color if it gets wet.

If you take a phone in for warranty service, the first thing they will do is check to see if that detector has changed color. If it has, the replacement is not covered by any warranty.

I have it on good authority that if you live in a humid environment it will show immersion just from the air.

24 posted on 07/13/2012 12:13:30 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1269 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: tenger
Cooked or uncooked rice?

Uncooked.

I've seen drying kits which include a bag of loose silica gel (the stuff in desiccant packs shipped with electronics). Open up the bag, toss the moist electronics into the bag and reseal it for a few days.

25 posted on 07/13/2012 12:15:05 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Prince of Space

......just put it in a bowl of rice......

addendum.....

Before drying in rice, remove the sim card and pat dry. That will prevent possible contamination between the contact surfaces.


26 posted on 07/13/2012 12:19:57 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: verum ago

Like them new fangled cell phones blowing up cars in gas stations....

Oh yeah, most of the fires were womenfolk, who exit, start the pump, then get back into the car, and never touch metal (grounding themselves). So, when they touch the pump head, there is a spark, the fumes ignite, and her cell phone gets blamed.

Best to “gam-gam”


27 posted on 07/13/2012 12:42:37 PM PDT by petro45acp ("Don't" read 'HOPE' by L Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman...it will bring tears to eyes. BORE!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: cripplecreek
And he's student no less.

Our beloved President, once a brilliant student, law professor, constitutional scholar and now the leader of the free world (so he claims, and therefore it must be true) has cooked lots more the cell phones and sought to benefit from doing so. If He can do it and get away with it (most of the time), why shouldn't a struggling student? It's not fair!

28 posted on 07/13/2012 12:47:26 PM PDT by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: null and void

I was in a hurry and threw my jeans in the washer with my iPhone in the pocket. After a couple of days, it “worked” to a certain extent, but the Apple folks weren’t buying my story when I told them I didn’t know how it got wet. They did give me a replacement at a reduced price, though.


29 posted on 07/13/2012 1:34:16 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that bastard out of MY White House!")
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To: null and void

Steven Wright pondered the effect of putting instant coffee in a microwave (you might go back in time). This is a whole other thing.


30 posted on 07/13/2012 1:40:50 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Prince of Space

Does cooked brown rice work better than cooked Uncle Ben’s white rice?? //s


31 posted on 07/13/2012 2:22:37 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: null and void

I adore my SG3!!!!


32 posted on 07/13/2012 2:45:22 PM PDT by rintense
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To: null and void
dilo2k10

Hey dude, can't spell?
You left out a 'd'.

33 posted on 07/13/2012 2:54:03 PM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: KarlInOhio

Ever try microwaving ants?


34 posted on 07/13/2012 7:31:08 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: null and void

To determine if your microwave is leaking dangerously, put your cellphone in it and close it. Dial the number from another phone and if you hear it ring inside the oven, time to get a new microwave or have it resealed.


35 posted on 07/13/2012 7:48:49 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: null and void

That’s not my humid experience here.


36 posted on 07/13/2012 7:52:40 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (government health officials seem to have the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.)
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