The truth about that Samsung Galaxy S III that exploded

The truth about that Samsung Galaxy S III that exploded
It was last month when some possible Samsung Galaxy S III buyers became a little concerned about the story of a Samsung Galaxy S III that supposedly blew up and exploded in the car dock with the charger unplugged. At the time, Carphone Warehouse smelled something fishy and refused to give the guy a replacement unit while the damaged phone was confiscated. The fallout from the incident was some worry on the part of those looking to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S III. Although there are no clear numbers, we doubt that it cost Samsung that much business. The other response from the exploding Samsung Galaxy S III was to criticize Carphone Warehouse and Samsung for not replacing the unit.

Well, as it turns out, Carphone Warehouse and Samsung acted quite appropriately. The Korean based manufacturer hired Fire Investigations UK a third party firm that tested the damaged phone and said that the source of the heat was not the phone itself and that the phone was not responsible for the explosion. The report further stated that the only way to produce the kind of damage done to the phone would be to have put it in a microwave oven and heated it up.

After the investigation, the owner of the phone, the same one who had reported the explosion, said that what really happened was that another person was trying to rid the phone of some water damage and that act caused the explosion. In simple English, his friend probably dropped the guy's new Samsung Galaxy S III in the toilet and put it in the microwave to fix it. With friends like that, who needs an enemy. This doesn't mean that the phone's owner isn't guilty. After all, he is the one that went to Carphone Warehouse with a bogus story which he repeated on the internet.

The sad thing is that had either of them been loyal phoneArena readers, they would have known how to save a phone from water damage. The good news is that owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III can sleep better tonight, knowing that they won't have their face blown off by a rogue model. And yes, the biggest victims of this act are those who decided to buy another phone because they were worried about the Samsung Galaxy S III having a random explosion. Turns out you could have bought the phone you really wanted instead of settling for something else.

source: SamsungTomorrow via Phandroid

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. zaidalrawi80

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Nonsense !!!!!

28. wendygarett unregistered

Yeap I guess apple will say the same thing about combustion case..

58. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

in a totally unrelated post lets talk about apple as always. so tired of you guys crying in EVERY article about apple.

41. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

He is a criminal.

2. phljcnth

Posts: 554; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I can imagine the owner's face now. He he he

3. jefferson9

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

"another person" yea right


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

My sources tell me that the friend was none other than Steve Jobs and that he actually threw his friend's Galaxy S III into the toilet just to iSobatage the device's imminent launch.

5. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Case closed.

9. rocko0011

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Your honor, obejection! lol

16. tedkord

Posts: 17317; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You mean he went thermonuclear on it?

18. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Lol, did Google Now tell him to put it in the microwave?

26. thebest

Posts: 231; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

no actually, steve ballmer did that, we know how crazy he is lolzzzz


Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

That was funny.

6. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Already knew it was fake when it was surfaced last month. Originally thought guy tried taking a lighter and burning it from the outside though.

7. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Lolololol Awesome. What a tard, you never microwave anything electronic.

17. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

except CDs

8. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Sheesh, now seeing it open it is clear it wasn't the phone. Only thing that could blow up is the stupid battery.

10. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

And you guys call us iPhone users stupid.. Hahahah

11. Cinnamon

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

No hipsters.

12. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

You idiot, his friend was probably iPhone user just like you.

13. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

It was a joke, geeeeeeeeez

25. thebest

Posts: 231; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

no, actually, i think he did all that by himself to get a new phone and luckily, he got a new phone will a lot of accessories

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

There are idiots on both sides of the table. Just use the app Yodamap and you'll want to curl into a fetal position due to the stupid.

19. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

This incident right here would be an insult to stupid.

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh hey. It's the newbie. Hi newbie. I do agree that this was beyond stupid. Not the first time I've ever seen someone lie to get s**t replaced though.

22. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

You don't even know the whole story.

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What part am I missing? The guy had a stupid friend, got his phone broken by that friend, and when he was exposed told the truth about it after lying and trying to fool representatives at Car phone Warehouse.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Snig, these idiots always have some excuse or conspiracy theory behind their blind sheepness. They just can't accept some stupid kid tried to put his phone in the microwave to dry out the water.

60. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

He had an Android phone.

59. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

So did you know what happened? Have you spoken to the guy?

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