iPhone 4's USB port catches on fire and subsequently melts cable

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iPhone 4's USB port catches on fire and subsequently melts cable
Being one of the world's most popular smartphones definitely has some advantages, but equally at the same time, problems or issues found on them could substantially be intensified far more than on other devices. This isn't the first time we've heard about exploding iPhones, but now there are images that show the aftermath of an iPhone 4 catching on fire and subsequently burning the owner's hand in the process. BGR received some photos that show an iPhone 4's USB port and cable singed after a fire apparently occurred while it was hooked up to a computer. Their AT&T connection did mention that the whole thing happened due to a defective USB port and not simply by some sort of user error. The heat generated was hot enough to burn the hand of the owner as he attempted to grasp it – and as you can tell from the photo, the cord easily melted while a slight burn mark can be found on the phone's USB port. Although this is so far an isolated event, we'll have to wait and see what the final verdict is when Apple looks into it.

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source: BGR


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86 Comments

1. PHONE_GEEK

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

knew something like this would happen to the iPhone....... Android or Blackberry all da way

6. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

+1

11. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

just add another tally to the list of iphone malfunctions.

36. deago78

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I'm sure you just "knew" something would happen to the iPhone. Thanks Nastradamus.

42. tuminatr

Posts: 1125; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

its because the IPhone is the smart phone for dumb people

49. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Im just wondering, what way do I have to hold my phone now?

52. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Idiocracy reigns supreme around here.

57. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

DROID raigns supreme around her actually... Iphone has its time to shine now its just a fancy paper weight... ( not reccomended to be used as a paper weight either cause will cause fires due to issues with extreme heat) -1 hova -1

58. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You'da been better of a stain on the sheets.

59. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Ouch haha

60. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

I see like the stain i left on your moms dress last night... Hova i am your father... But im to ashamed to admit it in public cause your an embarresment to your mother and i. She wishes youd just kill yourself..

62. dongdou

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 18, 2009

+1 hova your a tool.

70. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

tallica, you made me laugh out loud. +1

80. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

lol +1 tallica05

2. breal525

Posts: 27; Member since: May 24, 2010

It was probably a Mac computer as well...

53. markemark11

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 07, 2010

+1

68. Cazwell

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

I'm a huge Android fan and I still love my iMac & MacBook... as long as they play nice, I'll continue to support both brands!

3. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! crApple please continue in showing the public how BAD your "product" actually is because it is sooo entertaining!!!

4. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Will this be the largest recall of the cellular history? Antenna first, then the USB melt down?? Let's see a software fix for this melt down LOL

7. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

it actually caught fire due to the way the user was holding the phone prior to plugging it in. Had he held it upside down while touching his left foot to a rubber isolator; this wouldn't have happened.

13. rfrapp

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Why do other devices not burst into flames when held in the same way as the iphone 4? So is apple going to tell us how to hold the phone when we plug it in too? I know your name is BlackberryUser, but dang, you sound like such an apple fanboy.

15. Lucas

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 08, 2010

So, there's a certain way to hold it to plug it in now, too? Holy cow...

20. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Turns out our formula for determining how much amperage should be delivered to the phone was totally wrong. Oops, our bad.

28. bolqr

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 09, 2010

He just kidding! ;)

31. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

rfrapp, the word of the day is sarcasm.

43. pouxonu unregistered

and also dont forget having to use google earth to know which direction to face depending on the time of day and based on where you are in accordance to the sun and being positioned 16.753927998431725 degrees west of the equator on a tuseday hahahahahahahahahahahaha apple sucks !!!!!!!

50. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Wow at these people for not understanding sarcasm, I guess Apple really has its hooks in deep that people are really looking for a way to avoid the iminent danger of "iPhone 4saurous"

5. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Anyone think phone arena should rethink there rating of 9.5? I sure do. Who wants to buy a device thats a potential safety hazard. Lets not even talk about the functionality issue's, Maybe that's why VZW didn't get the iphone, there standards for new devices are pretty high, and maybe they saw the issues and didn't want the headache.

8. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I think this phone is a solid 9.5 personally.... Well on a scale of 1 to 100.

55. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

lol

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