Nokia warns of danger of "bargain" batteries

Nokia users should be wary of cheap replacement batteries because they won't be an original Nokia product and may be dangerous, a Nokia executive warned this week.

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By  Peter Branton Published  December 3, 2003

Nokia users should be wary of cheap replacement batteries because they won't be an original Nokia product and may be dangerous, a Nokia executive warned this week.

"The best advice to give users is don't buy a cheap battery," said Zsolt Menesi, marketing manager for Nokia Middle East. "Original Nokia batteries may cost more, but that's because they have safety features that just aren't available on cheap ones."

Menesi was speaking in response to questions on the string of explosions that have hit Nokia users in recent months, with users as far apart as Vietnam and Amsterdam being hospitalized with burns caused by exploding handsets.

"All the explosions have been proven to be caused by non-original batteries," Menesi said. "With an original you have safety features such as an auto shut-off to avoid overcharging and so on, that ensure such accidents won't happen."

A recent report from a Belgian watchdog firm suggested that original Nokia batteries themselves may be unsafe, but the organisation last month said that it had tested counterfeit batteries in error. However, it has cautioned that it is difficult for users to tell original batteries from fake ones.

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