Nokia 5233 explodes killing a teenage girl in the middle of a call

Nokia 5233 explodes killing a teenage girl in the middle of a call
An 18-year old girl in India named Uma Oram was talking to a relative on her old Nokia 5233 phone. In the middle of the conversation, Oram plugged the device into an outlet to charge the battery, and that is when tragedy struck. The phone exploded, killing the teen. According to a news report, "Uma, who was knocked unconscious and suffered injuries to her hand, leg and chest, was taken to a local hospital, where she died."

The Nokia 5233, launched in January 2010, is a touchscreen smartphone that uses pressure-sensitive resistive technology. The phone is still being sold on Amazon India for 2,999 Rupees (equivalent to $46 USD at current exchange rates). Current Nokia licensee HMD Global released a statement making it clear that this older model has nothing to do with the handsets it currently builds with Nokia branding. Since Nokia no longer produces handsets and doesn't support its older models, it is unclear exactly whom might be held responsible for the girl's demise.


The police have started an investigation and the victim's body is going through an autopsy conducted by the Medical Examiner in the district of Kheriakani. 

The back of the Nokia 5233 that exploded

The back of the Nokia 5233 that exploded


source: Metro

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23 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2119; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's terrifying!

2. smajilya

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

May be a non oem battery or charger is culprit.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6363; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I think it's neither. We've been using dangerous battery tech for way too long. Maybe the richest company in the galaxy will surprise us? Or...at least make consumer swappable batteries a thing again. Horrible what happened to this poor girl... unfortunately this will happen more often until regulations catch up to the severity of this.

13. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2225; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Regulate an 8 year old device? I can understand if this was a brand new phone or even one released within the past 2 to 3 years, but this was an 8 year old device. If it still had the original battery then that’s really bad, and like the above commenter mentioned it’s likely they had a third party battery or a different charger. Heck, anytime you buy a phone like that off a site like eBay you’re almost guaranteed to get some cheap Chinese charger. I know from first hand experience.

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6363; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Phil...I know that lol. I'm talking about current manufacturing policies / standards for devices made now and onward. Efficient and safe battery tech alternatives have been around for a while now, and we're due for an upgrade in convenience and piece of mind.

22. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You both know that charging while on call isn't a very safe thing to do right? Of course, it's unfortunate for the girl but safe battery or old tech, she shouldn't have plugged it in while the phone is live. Or at least, she should've waited for the call to end.

3. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I don't think a phone that old would have the original battery so it is probably a bad battery that wasn't manufactured well.

4. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Well that's just really sad. But I'd never want to recommend using a very old phone specially if it's nearly a decade old cause apart from plenty of reasons, batteries that old have so many risks. But the biggest mistake here is using the phone extensively while charging. Nearly no manufacturer is safe from this but they also did what they could by giving out warnings time and time again.

8. gamehead unregistered

Cant make any jokes. RIP

9. zennacko unregistered

That's why I try my best to never use something that's charging. Kids these days however seem like THEY need a USB power cord attached to them at all times.

11. datagrab

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

That's why our people need to upgrade. That's what China's Xiaomi is there for. Cheap smartphones for people who can't afford superior albeit expensive smartphones. They're sturdy enough not to explode. Unfortunately not a lot of people in our country know this and can't even afford.. Most are still stuck with previous decade tech unlike other countries. I'm just glad at least we're not nor kor.

12. theot14430 unregistered

God rest her soul. My sympathies to her family, this is unacceptable. Dangerous toys are immediately recalled, and pulled from the market. This should hold true with any consumer goods.

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1107; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

All the more reason to move to newer battery technologies like solid state batteries and graphene batteries. My condolences for her family.

16. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

it's time for her to upgrade to iPhone no doubt

18. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If she's alive that is...

20. Sania

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 04, 2017

It’s time for you to upgrade your brain coz she’s no more...

17. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

She is no more ,,,, r u dumb

19. Brandndd

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 19, 2017

Using a phone with charging attached, especially during call session is not recommended at all. I try that several time and phone temperature easily hikes.

21. rkoforever90

Posts: 407; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

R.I.P most probably the phone might be having an oem battery i had the express music 5800 .the battery totally failed after 2 years.batteries those days used to die out after 2-3 years

24. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Probably explains why it was plugged in while she was using it.

25. LikeMyself

Posts: 621; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

That's a really old phone ffs. Why even made a headline? Calling while charging the phone never gave good results. Use the speaker if u need.

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