26 Jan '12, 12am

iPhone emits sparks; first case in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Mr Ong Z.M. was resting at home with his family on Tuesday night when the power supply tripped, putting out all his electrical appliances and plunging his house in darkness. This happened after his 60-year-old father's iPhone 4 emitted sparks, smoke and a loud explosive sound while it was being charged. "I was so freaked out ... There was a very loud 'boom' and the phone just blacked out. (The phone) was also very hot," said Mr Ong, 35, who called the MediaCorp Hotline. According to checks with SingTel, M1 and StarHub, Mr Ong's experience is believed to be the first such reported case involving an iPhone here. Such cases have been reported overseas recently, with at least one incident linked to phone modification or the use of counterfeit batteries. In November last year, a Brazilian's iPhone 4, which was plugged in for an overnight charge, suddenly began sparki...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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