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Some Samsung Galaxy S III units are dying young

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Some Samsung Galaxy S III units are dying young
Is this your Samsung Galaxy S III?

Is this your Samsung Galaxy S III?

Something bad is happening to something good. A number of Samsung Galaxy S III handsets are crashing for no reason, and won't reboot. This horrible, horrible thing is happening about 150-200 days after activation and Samsung is doing the right thing by replacing them under the warranty, no questions asked. Even if your phone is rooted and you've installed non-standard firmware, the Korean based manufacturer will replace your phone.

One Samsung Galaxy S III owner whose phone passed away, speculates that the NAND is becoming corrupted which ends up with it failing. Samsung is said to be aware of the issue, but has yet to comment on it. While Sammy has played "mum," some working in the Samsung warranty call center have heard of the problem, saying that it has happened a lot lately.

"The XDA thread has 56 pages (so far) of people whose mainboards have suddenly died. The devices seem to last between 150 and 200 days before failing. Samsung are replacing them under warranty whether or not people have rooted the devices or installed non-standard firmware.

There's speculation that the NAND is becoming corrupted and failing. Worryingly, Samsung are replacing the mainboards with the same revision so this may just be putting the problem off for another 6 months or so.

It happened to my S3 last week and I've never rooted or installed anything other than the official 3UK Samsung firmware, first ICS then JB. Samsung haven't officially acknowledged that there's an issue, but both the guy I spoke to in the authorised repair centre and the chap in the Samsung warranty call centre have said they've seen this issue a lot lately.

Tl;Dr - S3 mainboards dying for no reason, Samsung replacing mainboards for free, but no new hardware revision so it might just happen again."-Post on Reddit

Have any of our loyal readers suffered through this experience with their Samsung Galaxy S III? One minute it is a working high-end smartphone powered by the latest technology obtained by Samsung, and the next minute it is a brick. Let us know how it happened and whether or not Samsung took care of you by sending out a replacement.

source: Reddit via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 21 Dec 2012, 02:18 16

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

bad sammy....bad

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 02:24 4

4. wendygarett (unregistered)

Not surprising after I read this article...


posted on 21 Dec 2012, 02:33 7

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Failure sounds more like reported NAND corruption. Especially since Sammy is replacing failed units with no questions asked....

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 02:41 5

11. wendygarett (unregistered)

On the bright side, this happened on international version, and mostly on Europe... Now news here yet in US :)

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 04:33 6

26. APPLE4THEWI (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


posted on 21 Dec 2012, 05:52 20

36. ogiveyakuza (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

at least their phone getting replaced, rather than no warranty for scratched out of the box iPhone 5..yeah, so much for quality control

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 06:53 6

38. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

what bad, this is called inovation. brick manufacturer of the year...

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 09:59 3

55. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

Sammy Products all have an international warranty worldWide, so there is nothing to be worry about.
at least you'll get a new phone free of Scratches !!! :p

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 11:10 2

59. dsmboost (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

US versions use different chipsets.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 13:13 1

65. frmrVZguy (Posts: 42; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)

Business is war. If you were to write the history of the industry, slightly fictionalized, to include the attempts at espionage and sabotage by smaller companies to bring down a bigger company, then you would have chapters that look remarkably similar to what NOKIA and LG experienced. These companies had to pull product and change factories to resolve their problems. Microsoft already knows about malicious software loaded onto THEIR products and has had to act. Now it looks like maybe Samsung is having a problem that could fit the patttern - a built in 'kill-switch' that is intended to ruin their reputation and drive customers and market share. They might need to review their ISO9000 results and get more QA bodies into the factories, or do as NOKIA and LG have had to do. And they better do it fast. We all have marvelled at how NOKIA and LG lost market share so dramatically. Does anyone one else know these company's manufacturing woes? Business is war.

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 20:01

93. SirCody (Posts: 8; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)

This isn't on the US versions of S III.................

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 02:22 7

2. darkskoliro (Posts: 1079; Member since: 07 May 2012)

there seem to be problems here and there with samsung, but they are rich enough to cover it which is beneficial to their image.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 09:58

54. duwiegeneral (Posts: 48; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

so true... bad sammy

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 10:58 7

57. Commentator (Posts: 3715; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Because they have fantastic marketing and legions of rabidly loyal fans to keep buying their products no matter what.

...sound familiar?

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 21:19 2

70. darkskoliro (Posts: 1079; Member since: 07 May 2012)

both are mindless. Follow relentlessly and blindly with no determination to praise or consider others.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 02:24 21

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Mine is still running like a champ.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 04:32 9

25. cheetah2k (Posts: 1703; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

No problems in Australia and mine is 8 months old

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 02:24 6

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 2108; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

I feel bad for those who lost or don't have their warranty, they'll be stuck with a brick instead

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 04:22 1

24. Tones (Posts: 74; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Everyone has a warranty. Samsung can tell how old your phone is and they cover it. No proof of purchase or any documentation needed.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 02:24 10

6. sucram6791 (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Apr 2008)

iPhone 5 > SGS3

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 03:02 3

15. XperiaUser (unregistered)

apple fanboy ... lolz

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 04:33 4

27. cheetah2k (Posts: 1703; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


posted on 21 Dec 2012, 04:47 7

31. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Why is it okay that people is allowed to go to an apple article and say that GS3> iPhone but its considered trolling when an Apple fan says iPhone > GS3 in a Samsung article ?

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 06:45 3

37. leftheodo (Posts: 106; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Wait that wasn't a joke?

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 07:36 7

41. darkskoliro (Posts: 1079; Member since: 07 May 2012)

android fans are just as bad as apple fans.
To be honest, any fanboy is bad. Sure, apple has been an absolute arse about the lawsuits and thats been proven clear, but there is no need to see the competition between the handsets in every article? Maturity age at a down low...

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 08:06 5

42. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

its because the majority of the people on here are android fanboys and some of the worst ones at that. if you look at any non android article i could almost guarantee you will find android fanboys slating other os's and users and praising android

its a numbers thing, they have numbers on there side so they feel they can belittle people. all fanboys ruin this site though

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 08:59 1

46. cripton805 (Posts: 1468; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

Hey, I guess the Iphone 5 will finally catch up an have the same features =P

Brick vs Brick.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 11:20 1

60. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4682; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Yes they do. Three years ago it was the other way around (Apple had the majority). I really don't miss the days when being told that the reason I didn't have an iphone is because I couldn't afford it.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 11:30 5

62. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

yep ive heard that one, but its funny how now on here the few apple trolls left are swarmed on for doing what a majority of the android fans do themselves.

id say and im sure i will get painted red by said fanboys but android fanboys are much worse now then apple fanboys were. they moan about made up bias, they insult people ( like calling them stupid as they chose something other then android) and they take every article and turn it into an android centric praise-a-thon.

if only there was a way to remove all fanboys off here

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 17:41

67. user312 (Posts: 68; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)

1.) Because we all know that iPhone does not > GS3
2.)Going on an Apple artical and saying that is just showing people the light from which they lack under Apple's dark cloud
3.)Apple fan boys just don't have the strength in their numbers anymore

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