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Another Nokia mobile phone explodes

Nokia said it was investigating an incident of a Vietnamese woman getting injured after her mobile phone, a Nokia 8210, exploded.

business Updated: Oct 13, 2003 11:50 IST
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A young Vietnamese woman was injured after her mobile phone apparently exploded, a spokesman for manufacturer Nokia said on Thursday.

Chung Xao Le, 22, was having breakfast on Wednesday in a cafeteria at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City where she worked as a therapist when her phone in her pocket, a Nokia 8210, exploded.

"We are investigating the blast," said Nguyen Huu Nguyen, a communications officer for the Finnish company's office in Ho Chi Minh City.

Le suffered from burns of 10 per cent and remains in hospital.

Nokia has sent a team of technicians to investigate the blast, which could have been caused by a fake battery, Nguyen said.

Contraband and counterfeit mobile phone batteries are widely available in the local markets at around $2-$3 a piece compared to $20 for genuine product, Nguyen said.

Despite relatively modest incomes in the communist country, mobile phones are becoming increasingly popular, with trend-conscious young people among the most avid users.

The country numbers 1.6 million mobile phone users among its population of 80 million.

First Published: Oct 09, 2003 15:11 IST