Fake phone battery warning

Mobile phone manufacturers are attempting to clamp down on an influx of counterfeit batteries and chargers which are flooding some parts of the Middle East market.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  February 4, 2004

Mobile phone manufacturers are attempting to clamp down on an influx of counterfeit batteries and chargers which are flooding some parts of the Middle East market. Despite reports from the Far East of such devices exploding while in use, injuring and even killing their users, sales of such batteries and chargers are reported to outstrip those of original ones in some parts of the Middle East. A new report says that in Qatar, for example, sales of counterfeit batteries could be outstripping sales of genuine batteries by a ratio of 70:30. In recent weeks, several incidents of exploding mobile phone batteries have been reported in far eastern countries such as Taiwan. Although no such incident has so far been reported in Qatar, such fake devices continue to flood the local market and cost nearly half the price of original ones. According to some dealers at the Souq Al Najada, fake batteries and chargers are heavily in demand, thanks to the wide proliferation of mobile phones in Qatar. They explained that while a fake battery for any regular brand of mobile phone would cost about QR30, an original one can cost as much as QR100. Ajay Dabral, a senior official at Consolidated Gulf, the sole distributors of the renowned Nokia brand of mobile phones from Finland said that all major manufacturers caution their users against buying spurious spares for their handsets, in the instructions manual. However, few owners even bother to read the contents of these manuals and hence could end up buying counterfeit batteries, unaware of the hazards involved. He pointed out that every original battery sold by Nokia, for example, comes with its individual serial number and bar-code and hence the company stands responsible for any problems it may cause.

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