You’ve probably heard of it by now, Nokia orders a recall of some 46 Million batteries for its mobile phones.
Is it a cyclical phenomena? The same thing happened to Apple with its defective batteries for the MacBook, Sony too had the same problem with their laptop PC batteries and both incidents have been costly to this corporate giants.
HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia warned consumers that 46 million batteries used in its mobile phones could overheat and offered to replace them for free while it negotiates with battery maker Matsushita over who would bear the costs.
The world’s top cell phone maker said about 100 such incidents had been reported globally, but no serious injuries or property damage had been reported.
“Nokia has identified that in very rare cases the Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries … could potentially experience overheating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge,” it said on Tuesday.
Nokia said it was working closely with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., which made the batteries in question between December 2005 and November 2006, to investigate the problem.
Replacing the batteries would have some financial impact, but Matsushita would pay part of the costs, Nokia said.
Analyst Richard Windsor of Nomura estimated the cost to Nokia at a maximum of 100 million euros ($137 million).
Then again it’s Nokia and they’re still the top mobile phone manufacturer in the world. The greatest concern would, of course fall on the customers, the millions of Nokia phone users around the world. Here in the Philippines, the dubbed ‘texting (SMS) capital of the world’, Nokia is the number one phone used by Filipinos. In just one jeepney ride, you could find at least 5 Nokia-made mobile phones ranging from the older models to their latest N-series phones. Talk about market saturation right? Or consumer choice and preference?
Either way, if you’re Nokia phone is using the BL-5C battery such as the low-end 1100 series phones and multimedia handsets N70 and N91, you better visit your Nokia dealer and get that battery checked, and even replaced. We had laptops burst into fire before, but imagine your mobile phone just bursting into flames or burning holes in your pockets.
Sounds easy right? Not quite, as again here in the Philippines, getting your Nokia battery replaced would not be as easy as one would think. You see, a great majority of Nokia phones sold here are refurbished (aka second-hand, third-hand etc) units sold mostly on street stalls that are not even accredited dealers of Nokia phones. Warranties are very limited, even availing of them from those local trade-in shops can be quite tricky and would require lots of bargaining skills.
So if you got your Nokia phone from one of those local shops and its powered by the BL-5C battery, good heavens the best of luck to you.
Times like this I smile bigger because I switched to a Sony Ericsson phone instead of upgrading to the newest handset from Nokia. 😉 Even my dinosaur Nokia 3530 is safe because it uses the BCL-1 battery.
Here are the Nokia phones affected by the deffective Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries:
Nokia 1100, Nokia 1100c, Nokia 1101, Nokia 1108, Nokia 1110, Nokia 1112, Nokia 1255, Nokia 1315, Nokia 1600, Nokia 2112, Nokia 2118, Nokia 2255, Nokia 2272, Nokia 2275, Nokia 2300, Nokia 2300c, Nokia 2310, Nokia 2355, Nokia 2600, Nokia 2610, Nokia 2610b, Nokia 2626, Nokia 3100, Nokia 3105, Nokia 3120, Nokia 3125, Nokia 6030, Nokia 6085, Nokia 6086, Nokia 6108, Nokia 6175i, Nokia 6178i, Nokia 6230, Nokia 6230i, Nokia 6270, Nokia 6600, Nokia 6620, Nokia 6630, Nokia 6631, Nokia 6670, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681, Nokia 6682, Nokia 6820, Nokia 6822, Nokia 7610, Nokia N70, Nokia N71, Nokia N72, Nokia N91, Nokia E50, Nokia E60
Hat tip to TechSpot where a link could found that will facilitate the free replacement of your battery if it’s verified to be deffective.
So any Nokia user out there who had their battery replaced just recently?