More bad news: iPhone 4 allegedly shocks Chinese man into a coma

More bad news: iPhone 4 allegedly shocks Chinese man into a coma
If you've been following the news the last week or so, you probably have heard something about an alleged electrocution by an iPhone 5 of a woman later identified as Chinese flight attendant Ma Ailun who paid the highest price as a result.

Today, news broke that a man in China has suffered a similar faith, fortunately, there's still hope for him. On July 8, Wu Jiantong, 30, has been admitted into a Beijing hospital after getting electrocuted while, allegedly, connecting his iPhone 4 to a charger. He has been into a coma since then.

Now we know what you're thinking, and this has been on our minds as well – smartphones by themselves can't possibly produce a zap potent enough to seriously wound - it has got to be a non-original charger or something of that sort. Alas, in the case of Ma Ailun, her sister has taken to Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter equivalent) warning people of using their iPhones while charging and confirming that her sister's iPhone was bought last December from an authorized Apple store and was, in fact, still under warranty. The offending smartphone has been handed over to the authorities for investigation. We're yet to hear more details surrounding the electrocution of Mr. Jiantong.

Cupertino hasn't remained passive in all this and has issued a statement and vowed to get to the bottom of this:


This comes after just recently, a Galaxy S3 exploded and seriously injured an 18-year old girl in Switzerland. Isolated one-in-a-billion? Let's hope so. Regardless, we're unwilling to point any fingers just yet, while we await an official report.

source: BGR

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107 Comments

112. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Funny how everything is happening in China, Asia. No reports of just happenings in Canada or US, hmmm

107. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

I purchased a couple of chargers from eBay and they look like fake iPhone cubes.... I'll toss them out before the kids get stung. Also a tip for iPhone 4 to 5 owners, get a rubber phone case to insulate your hands from the metal frame.

106. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

I bet apple will claim that this accident was using 3rd party charger just like samsung about a Switzerland girl that has exploded her s3 on her pocket.

96. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Apple maps is a danger to the public and now iphones are so everyone should just get windows phone, android or a blackberry and I hope this guy recovers

91. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

"Isolated one-in-a-billion? Let's hope so." Well, according to wiki answers, China is home to 1.3 billion people. That's more than a one-in-billion average. So watch out with your iPhones in China! This could also be Skynet's handywork. >.

85. T-rex unregistered

What is it between iphone and Chinese people, Condolences for the victims

83. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

"Today, news broke that a man in China has suffered a similar faith..." "faith"? REALLY? I always thought iPhones were a religion.

82. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

World English Dictionary electrocute — vb 1. to be killed as a result of an electric shock. The story is typed that the man died and also did not die. Which is it?

75. AsisHaas

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

damn , im scared to use my iPhone 4. always get electric shock!

74. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Purely speculation on my part, but I'd say that there may have been a bad batch of iPhones that didn't pass quality control. Rather then scrapping them, either the manufacturer sold them on the sly as good products, or a carrier made an offer them at a reduced price. I was leaning towards knock-off mechandise initially, but if the lady's sister swears it was a legitimate Apple retailer... well, we all know the internet can't lie.

73. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Aluminum sucks ... plastics are better.

65. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

@Chris. P, I think you meant fate and not faith :-)

55. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I hope this man will get well soon.

54. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

man this is just plan sad

22. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

why is this happening in China??

21. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

this kind of story makes you wonder... they can afford an iPhone but they can't get the right charger? or where is the device's original charger? i suppose chargers outlast their partner phones.

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Sometimes people spend money on the device they want and stick with them for years never being able to buy another device because its hard (they make a sacrifice) so buying from original retailers Sometimes it's a no no

20. herbg

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 30, 2010

The voltage at a Chinese socket of any type is 220v

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

That plus a faulty charger plus a metal body plus a fault on the charging port (probably due to the use of a bad charger) equals a deadly ⚡ ⚡ specially if the device it's left accumulating energy (charging)

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think there a is something odd going here... My bet goes around this mixture Bad charger giving the device a certain amount of electricity, device issues causing the extra energy to travel via the iPhones metal body, when I'm contact to a grounded human the device will discharge a considerable high amount of electricity equal to being directly zapped by a current While I think its not 100% apples fault this so called "premium metal" could be the culprit behind it all you can get a certain voltage with the OG droid (tested) via the metal body on it and a cheap $2 charger... Won't be enough to kill you but could give you quite a scare

29. axbog

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

By God, you've solved the mistery. No need to look into it, he's done it. Watch out guys, this guy could solve the world's problems. All we have to do is present them to him via an article. All hail!

46. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Eh? I'm just supposing this is highly probable because I've seen similar behavior, I had to classes of "electronics" so its my guess based on what I have learned So far, but I could be wrong any time :/

41. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

my thought exactly I was thinking that if the batteries ground wire is touching the metal body then if its charging the discharge would go through someone but the batteries 5v isnt enough so maybe its getting re routed through the battery charge module

15. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Just wow hope people dont use this as more ways to bash each other .. to late

18. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

This will be a great reason to retaliate, dispute ®

7. skyline100

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Both of them are Chinese. Something's fishy here.

35. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Hey, don't stereotype my Asian friends; it's actually a healthier diet. Truth is, there are miLLions of these undocumented incidents; the U.N. is calling an emergency meeting this weekend to try and come up with a resolution to help combat the Global problem of iVoltage!!

6. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

a Galaxy S3 exploded and seriously injured an 18-year old girl in Switzerland it didn't explode she used a non samsung battery that failed and leaked melting the casing then melted on her leg or she was injured at home/work and burned the phone to look like it was the cause to get money as i said before i fell asleep with my s3 and s4 not at same time ofc in my pocket and nothing happened

94. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

4. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I call BS on these stories... You notice how this is only happening in China? Why not other parts of the world??

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