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#20465 27-Mar-2008 15:27
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On Stuff today http://www.stuff.co.nz/4453934a10.html an article regarding a 'rapidly disassembling' phone battery (looks like a Kyocera)...

According to First Mobile Hamilton regional manager Erin Wilson...  leaving a phone to charge in a pillow case was "the worst thing you can possibly do".

Mrs Wilson said phones should not be left to charge for more than two hours because they could overheat.

My god... this person works for First Mobile and is in management. She should look for another career!


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  #119063 27-Mar-2008 15:35
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At least she hit the nail on the head with the first part of the quote, but yeah, you've gotta wonder what made her say that second line, unless of course the media has taken it out of context which they are notorious for doing!

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  #119070 27-Mar-2008 15:41
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What ??!!?? what is wrong with leaving a phone to charge on a pillow case? If it was an issue then all phones would have to carry a warning....

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  #119147 27-Mar-2008 20:16
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I overheard my (soon to leave) boss today telling someone (a business customer, too) that we aren't building the GSM/WCDMA network anymore.



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#119154 27-Mar-2008 20:33
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munchkin: I overheard my (soon to leave) boss today telling someone (a business customer, too) that we aren't building the GSM/WCDMA network anymore.


and who is/are this "we" Undecided




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  #119155 27-Mar-2008 20:36

And how this connects with the pillow case, the charger and the mobile phone ???




I is a kollege stoodent. Bee nice.

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  #119165 27-Mar-2008 20:53
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chakkaradeep:
and who is/are this "we" Undecided

We would be referring to TCNZ.

Aloha: And how this connects with the pillow case, the charger and the mobile phone ???

Managers saying things which aren't right?

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  #119167 27-Mar-2008 20:57
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It's the media...


Mrs Wilson said phones should not be left to charge for more than two hours because they could overheat.

I would not believe she would have said that, I am more inclined to believe this is another example of media misreporting / lies / sensationalism / fabrication / falsifying the facts / incompetance....... but thats my opinion, I obviously wasnt there.




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  #119170 27-Mar-2008 21:05
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I wouldn't believe it either, however, it wasn't The Herald :) I digress, I truly do find it hard to think she said exactly what is quoted.

Didn't the Kyocera handsets have a battery recall some time ago to prevent this kind of thing from happening?

If this is a case of mis-reporting, could it be possible that she meant in general, ie; it is something that shouldn't be done? I know that my phone certainly gets hot while it is charging.

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  #119220 27-Mar-2008 23:07
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It's a shame The Herald couldn't do any indepth reporting into the matter. That phone looks awfully like a Kyocera Phantom - you only need to look at the Telecom website here to see the battery recall for this very same issue.

I wonder if this battery is from the affected batches?

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  #119229 27-Mar-2008 23:35
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Thats the link I was looking for (ok, didn't really look for but knew about). I wonder if someone in the PR department was even contacted to make a comment on this.

@sbiddle, The Waikato Times did the story - I'm sure The Herald will run it either tomorrow or next week, though. I feel that the media today has sadly turned into more of a story telling exercise than an investigative, thought-provoking journalistic endeavour. This is just my anarchistic stedent-journalism opinion coming though, however.

edit: re-reading the stroy, I think they have reworded what she has said, it certainly isn't in quotation marks - might the reporter have decided to reword it, not include all of what she said, embellish or even re-interpret what she said? (as riahon mentioned earlier).

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  #119252 28-Mar-2008 06:43
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OOps sorry my mistake.

I heard a brief mention of the story on National Radio's news this morning as well but missed the main story.

The big warning message that should be being emphasised is not the dangers of charging a cellphone, it's the fact there are still potentially thousands of Kyocera phones out there that have a known faulty battery that can cause fires. If you do a Google search you'll find it's anything but a rare event!

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  #119261 28-Mar-2008 07:48
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Morning Report just interviewed the mother.

I just sent them an email telling them that Telecom issued product recalls on all betteries in 2004, something they seem completely oblivious too..



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  #119267 28-Mar-2008 08:38
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Jama: What ??!!?? what is wrong with leaving a phone to charge on a pillow case? If it was an issue then all phones would have to carry a warning....


The phone was IN the pillow case and under the pillow from what I gather (the girl wasn't supposed to have the phone in bed). A good way to build up the heat...




 

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  #119290 28-Mar-2008 09:34
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Your are right TinyTim - I missed the 'in' the pillow case. Well that is just dumb. Looks like this girl wasn't far off receiving a Darwin Award.

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  #119295 28-Mar-2008 10:02
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Well, when it comes to the Darwin Awards... Laughing

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