Samsung Galaxy S III didn’t explode, it was caused by an “external energy source” like a microwave

Ian Hardy

July 7, 2012 8:13 am


A Samsung Galaxy S III user in Ireland recently claimed that while he was driving his newly-purchased phone suddenly exploded, bringing white smoke, sparks and a loud bang. Samsung was quick to respond and stated they were aware of this issue and will begin investigating as soon as we receive the specific product in question.”

Well, the investigation process is over and Samsung has your answer. Samsung worked with Fire Investigations UK to uncover the reason for the burnt GS3 and found that an “external energy source was the cause for the GALAXY SIII.” The report continued to say that “the only way it was possible to produce damage similar to the damage recorded within the owner’s damaged device was to place the devices or component parts within a domestic microwave.”

Nice. So the original claims were false. What’s even worse is now that the truth has surfaced the person who originally posted the claim, dillo2k10 on Boards.ie, has backtracked and said “I would like to retract my original statement. The damage to the phone was caused by another person, although they were attempting to recover the phone from water this later caused the damage shown on the phone. It occurred due to a large amount of external energy and there was no fault with the phone. This was not a deliberate act but a stupid mistake.”

Stupid mistake. Yup.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Via: Engadget

  • Hsgree

    Thats an expensive hoax to pull. Unless of course someone paid him too? =P

    • Hsgree

      *to

    • Justin

      The OP claimed his friend put it in the microwave to dry it after it suffered water damage haha

    • InfinitiGuy

      It’s amazing what a fruit company will do to try to discredit a much superior product.

    • Fran

      Do you guys seriously believe this story?

      Samsung doesn’t want bad publicity, I am sure the guy is very happy with his new S3 and other money incentives he received for changing his statement

    • ns.dev

      @Fran: Microwave your iPhone, tell us how it goes.

    • Fran

      I love the fanboism but common, look at his statement. Someone drafted that for him.

      I would like to retract my original statement. The damage to the phone was caused by another person, although they were attempting to recover the phone from water this later caused the damage shown on the phone. It occurred due to a large amount of external energy and there was no fault with the phone. This was not a deliberate act but a stupid mistake.

      I am unable to comment any further.

      Why would anyone Microwave their phone?

  • arcsvibe

    Seriously what an i***t LOL!

  • OgtheDim

    That is funny.

    He messes up his phone.

    He goes to his local dealer and they don’t help him.

    He goes on an obscure website he already frequents about consumer goods and sees people think he should get his money back.

    And then the internet takes over…

  • Sir

    That’s why you don’t lie, kids.

  • owl

    The posters here obviously do not have families.

    The owner’s spouse or child dropped it in water, tried to ‘fix’ it by drying it out in a microwave, then lied when the sucker blew up big time. He believed them and now looks like a fool for doing so.

    • OgtheDim

      Actually, I do have a family.

      And I know darn well, before I go and complain about something on behalf of them, to make 100% sure that they are not lying to me.

      **

      And, to be even more blunt, in the original discussion thread, that many of us read, HE clamed it happened to HIM when he was driving, as he said HE was using HIS phone as a GPS.

      So, now, if he’s blaming his family, he’s even MORE of fool as its HIM who told the story.

      **

      Sorry, as a family man, I have no sympathy for the guy.

    • c

      It’s fraud. Plain and simple.

  • DRone

    lol… this is an odd conundrum: if the spouse did it… then she must be an i***t, but if a kid was guilty … then it’s somewhat adorable lol – the logic behind it.

  • Ra

    Or may be Samsung is paying him now to shut up and call himself or his friend stupid.

    • OgtheDim

      Samsung = Illuminati ?

  • WP74Life

    Source says that the device commited suicide. Android lag and uglyness was too much for it.

    • jonny

      I have a nexus s and I have never noticed any lag. The phone is fast!

      the only recent smart phone i have noticed lag on is the iphone. what a clunky os!

  • Johnmack

    Liar, Liar phone on fire!!

  • Mr. Reliable

    Honestly, probably a nice cover story that fits the description.

  • LeafsFan77

    Good for Samsung for handling this the way they did.

    Samsung:
    - released a statement that they would investigate
    - had an independent party investigate
    - released a statement as to what they thought it was

    Samsung did not:
    - blame the user from the beginning
    - attack the customer after the truth
    - sue the customer for defamation
    - sue the customer the investigation cost

    In the end I’m sure the user was told by lawyers to retract the statements after the investigation.

    • Sly

      He was holding it wrong I tell you!!

  • Vengefulspirit99

    I wonder which moron thought placing a 700 dollar phone in a microwave would be a good idea…

  • Stuntman

    He claims it is not a deliberate act, but a stupid mistake? You gotta be kidding me. How can it not be a deliberate act to claim the device exploded while driving when the investigation revealed that it was caused by putting the phone in the microwave? It is not a stupid mistake to claim that a phone exploded while driving when a microwave caused the damage. It is a deliberate lie.

    • kardi

      He’s making it seem that someone put the phone in the microwave before he drove with it in his car. It then suddenly exploded. He had no knowledge of the phone being nuked beforehand. Whether we believe that or not is a totally different story.

      It could’ve happened that way. We’ll never know for sure!

  • Nick

    Busted!!

  • Timmy

    SAMSUNG PAID THEM OFF…. WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT…

    • Pat

      Who paid him first to destroy his expensive phone?

  • Rob

    phone dropped in water….yes to rice, NO to microwaves. hopefully lesson learned

  • Shaggyskunk

    Awe what’s the difference, cell technology & nuking a hot dog :-D

  • kardi

    @ OgtheDim – I could not agree with you more! Well said! :)

  • methree

    Well it appears that Samsung can keep secrets better than their competitors these days so perhaps they really are the illuminati.

  • David

    Probably Apple paid him to smear the phone’s reputation

  • Roger

    Epic attempted cash grab fail.

  • Dichlong

    Sue his a*s off Samsung I bet he got paid from Apple

  • ns.dev

    No comments from George? (see “aware of this issue and will begin investigating ” link for reference)

  • jack

    please samsung sue this person or at least charge him for the new phone.

  • S2556

    Fuc**n thought so hahaha what an i***t. I was thinking a car charger but a microwave???? HAHAHA!

  • Iphone

    I don’t believe this, Microwave would burn the whole part, not one side of the phone. Samsung you waste your money on i****s to investigate on this issue.

    • d3v14n7

      Actually no, the microwave would send electrical bolts towards the closest metal part, in this case it was the USB connector, hence why that is the origin of the damage.

  • superfly

    @iPhone…..iPhones stand for i***t phone. Not smartphone.

  • Brendan M

    Any one who actually claims cover up with no trace of irony is completely mental. The risks of covering something like this up are so high as to completely destabilize the consumer electronics market if exposed. Samsung wouldn’t be that stupid, and an independent investigator wouldn’t be complicate in something that farcical.

  • Lainey

    What a carefully crafted admission of guilt the OP released. I wonder if Samsung threatened to sue?

  • Android4Life

    What sort of i***t microwaves their friend’s brand new phone? Gotta be an Android story.

  • bjtheone

    I see a new website opportunity… Will it nuke

  • superman

    I told you guys. Stupid punk should get time behind bars.

    • jonny

      no jail time, but he should be sued for defamation, and he should have to pay big time for his lies and fraud. samsung may have lost customers because of this.

      i think samsung is too nice to sue tho

      if it was apple, they would have sued and made sure charges were pressed.

  • HO

    So it was an iDiot, go figure.

  • ace

    at least the phone lasts longer than a 4S… my nexus one lasts longer than my sisters 4S… around 4pm i was like hey why is your phone off? oh cause its out of battery… she is on her 3 replacement from the apple store… and she raving about how awesome they are…. good for you apple store… cash grabs

  • Francis

    Q:How to get a free replacement phone ?
    A:Tell that it exploded …