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Some Samsung Galaxy S4 units are bursting into fire in Israel

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Some Samsung Galaxy S4 units are bursting into fire in Israel
Smartphone manufacturer Samsung, says that the use of third party batteries is behind a small number of fires that broke out in Israel on its popular Samsung Galaxy S4 model. Since last October, Samsung has offered to replace any swollen batteries on the Galaxy S4, whether or not the device and the cell are still covered by a warranty.

Meanwhile, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, the most widely read paper in the country, says that thousands of Galaxy S4 models have been experiencing the swollen battery issue with at least 20 units catching on fire. Scailex, the company that imports Samsung products into Israel, told the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange that it started to hear about these problems in the third quarter of last year, and has been in touch with Samsung. Scailex says that there are no problems with devices produced after January 2014.

Scailex spoke with stock market officials after local media in Israel started publishing stories about the fires.

"Starting in the third quarter of 2013, we began to receive indications of problems. The company was in constant and intensive contact with Samsung on the issue of these problems, and in February 2014 started an independent examination."-Scailex statement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

"We are aware that there have been a small number of burning cases of the Galaxy S4 in Israel. All of the incidents examined so far have been attributed to the use of unauthorized batteries or the application of external shock or heat."-Samsung


source: Reuters via WSJ

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posted on 25 Jun 2014, 03:57 4

1. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


S bomb

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:08 4

2. vishalaestro (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)


i would say nokia is one of the best company who comes out with a quality product .their testing methods is soo good that even iphone can't surpass them .also i haven't heard of htc phones giving such similar problems. sony has the problem of heating with their latest xperia z2 phones in asian countries and poor software with so many bugs on other devices.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 10:23

22. mrblah (Posts: 455; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


nope, iphone is better

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:17

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1353; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Atleast they weren't S-Cuds

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:21 2

5. AndroidStuff (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Samsung Galaxy S4 BOMB Edition :D

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:31 1

6. ThePython (Posts: 304; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Meanwhile in the Middle East...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:33 3

7. EgyDroid (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Man........The GS4 looks way better than the GS5

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:38 4

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3421; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


No way!! I had that misunderstanding for a while but when I saw both in real, GS5 looked way better.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:43 1

9. vincelongman (Posts: 1319; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The GS5 screen is very impressive IMO
The S4 had one of the dimmest displays, now the S5 has one of the brightest

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:53 1

10. rahul.niks (Posts: 67; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


In my opinion, both are not good. Samsung are misser on design side, only s2 and note series are fine

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:55

11. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 380; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Misunderstanding? LMFAO

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:06

18. amats69 (Posts: 1088; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


You had misunderstanding with urself?I just hope u settle it as soon as possible..lol

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 05:10 2

12. sip1995 (Posts: 858; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Everything looks better than the Hansaplast.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 05:43 1

13. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


It certainly does, the thinner bezels, the pattern used in its case etc... Looks a lot better than GS5 even in real life, I know because I deal with both daily. The GS5 is more grippy though thanks to the back over, if the S4 had the same sort of back cover it would be way better.

The best looking and feeling is the GS4 Black Edition, absolutely stunning piece of work by Samsung there.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 05:53 1

14. kkmkk (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 May 2013)


im sure Arab people send these phones to Israel
what a cheap move from killers !!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:08 2

19. amats69 (Posts: 1088; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Seriously? Oh man u better hide ur identity..the killers u said will hunt u.....really.... Lol

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:08 6

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 11953; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No way, that's a lie. There is simply no way in the universe, that any Samsung product could ever have an issue, especially the galaxy line. It's perfect, cuz RoundhouseMcGee said it is.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:41 1

16. express77 (unregistered)


Apple will sue them.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:11 1

20. tiara6918 (Posts: 1441; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Thanks Samsung for the removable battery, and all the retail seller in Israel are honest and ethical to sell the phone originally without changing the inner battery to the cheap 3rd party battery...
Samsung fans will still defend removable battery

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:23

21. newbey123 (Posts: 436; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Great, now sammy is in the business of making weapons of mass destruction.

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