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Remember last month when an innocent user's Galaxy SIII was said to have spontaneously combusted? In the original post, user dillo2k10 told a harrowing tale, explaining that during a seemingly average drive, his S3 got a little too hot:

…suddenly a white flame, sparks and a bang came out of the phone. I pulled in to look at my phone, the phone burned from the inside out. Burned through the plastic and melted my case to my phone. The phone kept working but without any signal.

I brought it to the carphone warehouse and they told me that they couldnt replace it for me that they had to send it off to be checked out first. No even replacement phone, left with nothing.
The phone was destroyed and it slightly burned a piece of plastic on the inside of my car. And they are refusing to give me a replacement they had to send it off. Probably nothing I can do, but Im really annoyed. That could have burned the side of my face or through my pocket and my leg, or set fire to my bed. It’s very dangerous.

Of course the story spread quickly. The Samsung Tomorrow blog was quickly updated with Sammy's official response, which promised a full investigation and (hopefully) an explanation of just what had happened.

Well, the investigation proceeded, and Samsung has updated the blog again with the official findings of a contracted third-party fire investigation.

Samsung contracted Fire Investigations UK (FIUK), an independent third-party organization, to determine the exact cause of the damage inflicted on a GALAXY SIII unit, which had allegedly been affected by heat.

The damaged device and additionally provided devices were examined and exposed to a series to tests. The investigation summary states that “The energy source responsible for generating the heat has been determined as external to the device” and “the device was not responsible for the cause of the fire.”

Additionally, the investigation results state, "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."

So there you have it. Dillo2k10's story was a phony, and the damage was caused by an ordinary microwave. This story has no doubt caused a bit of trouble for Samsung – not only in opening a full investigation but in possibly damaging the image of the manufacturer's latest flagship in the minds of some consumers. Interestingly, dillo2k10 'fessed up to the fraud in a post to boards.ie yesterday:

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Galaxy SIII owners can now rest assured that, unless they nuke their phones, they aren't likely to witness any traumatic explosions from their devices. Those interested can find Samsung's official statement on this story's resolution at Samsung Tomorrow here.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Phreqd

    Hope they ban the bastard and Samsung charges him for their wasted time in investigating.

    • mesmorino

      Lol ban him from what, exactly?

      • Daniel DS

        Form the game of Life

        • mesmorino

          Fortunately, Samsung doesn't have those kind of powers.

  • Kenny O

    lol......Damn, I was hoping it would be Microwave proof.......

    • Ahhk

      Oh...you piss off your wife/girlfriend a lot too...huh? :)

  • ERIFNOMI

    Who microwaves a phone? Who thought that was the best way to dry a phone?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I wonder if he would consider microwaving his dog or kid when they're wet too.

      • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

        he could be indeed an idiot, I mean cups have the ''may be hot after microwave" for a reason, people fail to microwave pop tarts, and people get injured performing the weirdest things... remember there is a battle between engineers trying to make fool proof devices and nature making better fools...... so far nature is winning

      • mithmax

        We can only hope he has not created any offspring.

    • clifford Rosenberg

      I actually microwaved my wife's iPhone 3G a while back because I wanted to get a replacement. It was having intermittent problems that would never surface when I would take it to the Apple store, so they wouldn't replace it. To make it stop working without damaging it with water, I put it in the microwave for 1 second, and just like that it wouldn't turn on anymore. Maybe that's what this guy was trying to do.

      • CJ456

        But you wanted to ruin it, he stupidly wanted to dry it and keep it working.
        still that was dumb. just dont buy icrap and you are all good.

  • Ahhk

    Wow. I knew it sounded fishy, but...

  • http://2buntu.com Roland Taylor

    What an idiot.

    He should be arrested.

    • Ahhk

      I'm not familiar with Ireland law, but (speaking in U.S. terms) I don't think he filled a (false) police report. Samsung may have a civil case against him though.

      • guest

        Yeah true he never really broke any US law and Civil wise Samsung will never sue it will cost them more in lawyers than it did for them to investigate it.

      • http://twitter.com/Jonkarra Jonkarra

        I am pretty sure that even in the US this would constitute attempted fraud. You are attempting to dishonestly gain something...

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I feel like Samsung made a deal with him behind closed doors...

    • Ahhk

      Sorry, but that's just ridiculous. It'd be one thing for Samsung to make a deal for him to never discuss it again. But, if it did happen the way he said it did, then Samsung made him publicly state it was his own stupidity instead, could you not imagine the extent of the lawsuits that would follow if it were to happen to others?

      Didn't happen.

      • John

        No, maybe they made a deal behind closed doors, but not because "it did happen the way he said it did", but because as someone said above, he is small fry. Samsung's lawyers took him aside and said "Look, retract your statement and then shut up, and we won't sue your ass for defamation."

    • ConceptVBS

      If that was the case, Samsung's emails would've leaked before.

  • Ahhk

    Most narcissists try to blame others for their own stupidity/ignorance....but this was nothing short of fraud.

    Next, we'll probably start hearing rumors that Apple was somehow behind it..

  • jensenackles

    I hope samsung sues him. it sounds like some iphone fan trying to hurt the competition.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Exactly. Sue the bastard for defamation.

      • DCMAKER

        Agreed!

      • József Király

        For sure they will make him pay at least the investigation fees, etc. Plus, the new phone will cost a lot.

  • copolii

    What a tool

  • VitreousTabard64
  • http://www.facebook.com/dmolina66 David Molina

    I'm still laughing at the fact that he microwaved his phone to dry it out!!!

  • FrillArtist

    Probably an apple shill trying to taint Samsung's name.

  • yarrellray

    What a THROB...They should SUE HIS BUTT....

  • Mark Hands

    I'm slightly confused by Dillo2k10's revised statement. He said a friend is to blame, so does this mean he gave his device to said friend after they promised they could sort it out; being unaware they actually microwaved it until they admitted to doing so after the aftermath?

    Also his revised statement is completely polarized to his original post, i.e. it's not written in his style. The whole "it occurred due to a large amount of external energy and there was so fault with the phone" sounds very official, almost like he had to make the post in order to get himself out of some bother.

    • mancsoulja

      Word is that samsung offered to replace his phone if he confessed. either way that statement he posted was defo composed by samsungs pr team.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        I have very little opinion on this, but I did want to pitch another thought that crossed my mind.

        The guy might have had a bad flash, or possibly dropped the phone in the water as described, and just wanted a replacement (as seems logical). When Samsung announced they were performing an investigation on the phone, he probably realized he was possibly liable for fraud and immediately contacted a lawyer. The very last part, where he says he can't comment any further, just feels like advice from a lawyer. The lawyer might have contacted Samsung, suggested that Samsung and the guy part ways as long as the guy confessed to being an ass, and Samsung agreed since there was no better outcome to be had (it's not like Samsung would win any real money for damages if they sued him). Anyway, just a thought...

  • RealityCheck2013

    LoL Apple Fan will try anything to hurt the S3 & Samsung(Hmm sounds like what Microsoft Fans do to SONY's brands, mainly the PS3, YAWN) :-/

  • abhinandanbr

    They should wet his butt and dry it using microwave ...idiot using a smartest phone...

  • http://twitter.com/Jonkarra Jonkarra

    Attempted fraud surely?

  • Trixz_D

    What a tosser lol and yh sure it was another person wink wink. Timewasting twit. Samsung should sue the liar for trying to damage their brand deliberately by posting this non sense on the internet.

  • Usama

    Just a thought..what if Samsung paid off the guy to retract his original statement so as to safe their flag ship sales and company name?

    • Usama

      save*

  • Robert Oliveira

    So this idiot never heard about putting the phone in an airtight container of dry white rice overnight? I've never known microwaves to dry things that are wet. Heat them up & produce steam - yes, but dry? never.

    • Wayne Randall

      nuke a hotpocket for 900 instead of 90.. it's dry. among other things.

  • mithmax

    There should be a "D" to replace that second L in his screen name.

  • http://www.facebook.com/taylor.labrier Taylor LaBrier

    A) Don't lend your phone to your idiot friend. B) If your friend lends you their phone, don't drop it in water. C) If your friend lends you their phone and you drop it in water, don't try to solve the problem by putting it in the microwave. D) If you lend your phone to your idiot friend and later learn that he's dropped it in water and tried to fix it by putting it in the microwave, don't concoct a fake story about the phone spontaneously combusting and blame the manufacturer.

  • Asphyx

    They should throw the book at him and indict him for theft because it might serve as a lesson to all the other scam artists who intentionally brick or destroy thier phone hoping to get the newer model as an upgrade.

  • CJ456

    I can't believe this guy has the stupidity for:
    1. droping an expensive phone on your drink for God's sake. really?)
    3. Making a fuss out of that alleging Samsung was the responsible when OBVISOULY it was not the responsible.
    he should return to his job at walmart and stop hurting good corporation's reputations.

  • John O’Connor

    lol... who let's a friend who caused water damage to a phone IN THE FIRST PLACE then go and try to fix it after that.

    Clearly the "friend" is an absolute moron if they believe that sticking a wet smartphone in the microwave will somehow "dry it out" and keep it working. HA

  • http://twitter.com/mikehawk5161 Mike Hawk

    God, what kind of dumb fucking idiot puts something in a microwave to "dry it off". I've heard of this shit before.

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