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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, 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 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, 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: 258; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

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

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 21 Dec 2012, 02:22 7

2. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; 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: 3701; 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: 1076; 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: 1582; 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: 2042; 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: 68; 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: 1582; 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, 07:36 7

41. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; 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, 11:20 1

60. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4358; 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, 20:12 1

69. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4358; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

You've HEARD about it but you can say that you THINK the fanboys now are bad. I was there, and they were just as bad. People were called uninformed or poor for not having an apple product. They made it about social standing. And they were in EVERY android article. I asked why they were commenting on an article when they weren't interested in android. Their response was they had a right to speak their mind. But now when the reverse happens you're being ganged up on? I don't like this BS anymore than you do, but they're acting no worse than the other fanboys were. If anything, if they didn't act the same it would show a higher maturity level.

I personally think you should use what works for you, because you know yourself better than anyone else. Where I have a problem is when other people root for an outcome where consumer choice is limited. You don't like android, windows phone, or blackberry? Fine, don't buy it. But don't spout off hoping they go away and limiting my or other people's options. Some of these posters like Mytzylplik are completely one dimensional. If it favors apple it's good, if it doesn't, it's bad. It's one thing to be loyal to a company, it's another to blindly follow them no matter what. Doing so leads to people calling you names like sheep or lemmings. I like android currently, down the road I may go another way. I just hope there are options if I decide to switch. If you don't agree then we'll have to agree to disagree.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 07:25

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

first off it wasnt as bad as the android lot are now, trust me seen the apple trolls attempts and yes it was immature and pathetic, but there main go to comments were

''your too poor'


''it for select people your not worthy''

both crap but you can tell comes from the mind of deluded kids.

now look at now, the android fanboys and how they swarm every article to slate other choices like iOS, wp8 and bb10. the first 10 comments on pretty much every apple article are android fanboys saying the usual and maybe adding a bad apple maps joke.

whats funny is remember when the iphone had the purple flare, remember the attack the android lot did and how for a long time it was there go to joke on every article i.e. ''hows your purple pics?''. then when the nexus 4 was reported to have it look how fast they changed there tune suddenly they accepted most camera's are subject to this and it wasnt a big deal...........see these android fans do exactly the same as the apple lot did, holding a certain company up as this almighty presence. apple was seen as a cult and now its google. try to say one bad thing about google and watch the reaction you get its like you punched a family member.

''Mytzylplik'' is a one sided deluded troll, no question about it but theres that meoceo guy (whatever his name is) thats exactly the same but for google/samsung yet he is accepted and praised where as Mytzylplik is hated and subjected to insults..........both the same but different results.

i agree all should use whatever they like and not be judged by fanboys. what you choose doesnt make you superior to others and many on here need to get that

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 08:27 1

77. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

I agree with both of you :)
Actually his name is MeoCao when ever he post a one sided comment I would call him Samsung Fanboy troll he will call me an iSheep and I my comments get a ton of reds .
But he only liked Samsung , he even bashed some other android phone companies . Not agreeing with him or not a fan of Samsung device and he will call you an iSheep

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