Oops… Your Phone Blew Up

People use their cell phones for all sorts of things–taking pictures, watching movies, playing video games, pretending to be secret agents, and so on. Some folks just can’t live without their phones.

Except if you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone. Then it might blow up. ( http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/samsung-galaxy-note7-users-urged-turn-off-phones/story?id=41983208 )

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has urged people to “stop charging or using them” and, whatever you do, don’t bring one of these phones on board a plane with you! See, sometimes the battery overheats, and next thing you know, ka-boom. See the poor guy who left his Galaxy Note 7 in his SUV, and it torched his car.

Several hundred thousand of these units have been sold. The feds say 35 of them have gone bang-bang for no apparent reason. The Samsung Co. has initiated a “product exchange program” which lets you turn in your blammo for a phone that won’t blow up: this in advance of an anticipated recall. We ought to applaud Samsung for not trying to pretend there’s nothing wrong.

But what do I know? I don’t have a cell phone. Never had one. I have no desire to own one. It’s not like trying to get by without air conditioning, or a refrigerator.

Not to make too big a deal of it: but doesn’t it make you wonder whether anybody really needs some of these hot new trendy hi-tech baubles?

2 comments on “Oops… Your Phone Blew Up

  1. These aren’t the only devices prone to the kaboom factor. A few years back, laptop computers were doing the same. The culprit was apparently the same – overheating batteries. And isn’t there some new skateboard or hoverboard or some such gadget doing the same? Society has become far too gadget dependent. Gadgets fail, God doesn’t!

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