The European Commission: We might ban the iPhone in Europe

The European Commission: We might ban the iPhone in Europe
The European Commission has launched an official investigation into the alleged explosions of Apple-made handsets earlier this year and demanded explanation. So far, there are three reported cases of iPhone devices going off, in the UK, France and Germany respectively. Mrs. Meglena Kuneva,  European Commissioner for consumers and their rights stated that extensive tests are under way at the moment and even if a single country proves the iPhone might be of any danger for EU citizens, the handset will be banned from the EU market. Of course, such a harsh measure will be enforced only in case the hazardous nature of the iPhone has been proved beyond the shadow of a doubt.

Apple has not responded to the EU threat, but we hope the company comes forth with an official statement that addresses the issue, because we figure the news must be rather distressing for the Cupertino-based manufacturer. The European Union is by no means a market that can be disregarded and a possible European ban may spell the end of the all-winning device, especially if other countries follow suit in case the iPhone proved dangerous.

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7 Comments

1. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Define 'going off.' Are these iPhones exploding because of the battery, are people using them in ways that are unsafe? What's going on with these phones that makes the EU feel they need to take such drastic measures, other than it being a monetary or political stunt?

2. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

Perhaps you haven't been keeping up on current events?! "Going Off" as it pertains to the iPhone; a 26-year-old supermarket watchman from Villevieille France suffered an eye injury after his iPhone screen exploded and shattered, a French teenager was "slightly" injured by flying glass shards from an exploding iPhone, an iPod Touch in the UK "overheated and jumped into the air" after being dropped, and an iPhone in the Netherlands caught fire and melted the passenger seat of a car. Apple mentioned in its submission to the EU that isolated cases of overheating lithium-ion batteries had been reported. Before that Apple's official line was that users must have been dropping the gadgets or otherwise mistreating them.

4. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Yea, its not looking good at the moment PR wise. And if it continues, missuse or not, governments may look at banning the device. Safety is important now and if the EU starts it, who is the say the US won't do the same......

6. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

rights....LMAO!!! U.S. Banning the iPhone... funny... well, maybe not too far off with all this Health Care Bull and the other Crap the Government is trying to impose on us...

7. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I was thinking the same thing. Europe maybe but U.S. no way. Let's go Health Care Bill!

3. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Missed that news bit. I suppose that would be bad.

5. ender

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

looking quite bad PR wise indeed, although the possibility looks pretty bleak now. Still, the resolve of the EU is not to be underestimated, it wasn´t that long time ago when Microsoft got fined $600 mln. and Intel got slapped with a record $1.5 bln.

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