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  • iPhone 3g Pissed, Burns Owner Out Of Spite
    A poster at the MacRumors forum, LonginottiFilms, says he fell asleep on the couch and woke due to some serious pain,

    A few hours ago, I fell asleep on my couch and woke up from extreme pain coming from my pocket...

    I pulled out my iPhone 3G which was extremely hot... i then placed it on the floor, for whatever reason, my phone burned my leg, and after looking back at my phone, you could definitely see melted plastic...
    Pics are along for the ride:


    Where the iPhone breathed out hot, hot dragon fire

    The burned leg – ouch!

    UPDATE: Apparently this isn't the first time this has happened. According to another poster, Appledrone, in the same forum says,

    The same thing happened to a friend of mine here in the uk 3 days ago, his melted to the pocket lining of his coat!
    Poster RatSalad – what a wonderful, delicious sounding name – chimes in as well,
    The same thing happened to me the other day at work. Were you running a application right before you stopped using the phone?
    Megalobyte fortunately has the answer for us as to why this is happening,
    This is not a defect people, one of the new features with 2.0, a very effective alarm. Much like plastic backs aren't to save money, no sir, better reception, and hey, if we do save a few bucks too...
    Complete-ish Transcript of Apple Care Call:
    Thank you for calling Apple iPhone Support, this is Steve here (not big Steve), may I ask who I’m speaking with?

    -James Longinotti

    Can I get your iPhone telephone number starting with the Area Code?

    -(501) 276-XXXX

    Thank you very much, and have you called in about this issue before?

    -uhhh, no I haven’t…

    And what can I do for you today?

    -Last night, I fell asleep on my couch, and was awaken by my phone burning in my pocket. I quickly took it out and threw it to the floor, later examining it seeing the back melted and my leg burned!

    Eh Wow…
    Okay sir, let me just look here for a second…
    Okay, do you have an Apple Store close to you Sir?

    -No I don’t

    Okay sir, I’m going to look here…
    Okay, So I’m just going to put you on a brief hold for a moment…And just to verify, the phone overheated and now the back is melted?

    -Pretty much, I actually have pictures on my blog…

    It’s okay sir, I just have to look here to see what I can do for you since your warranty expired 33 days ago and…

    -Wait, What!?

    Uhm… Your warranty expired?

    -No it didn’t…

    It says here that..

    -It’s an iPhone 3G, I got it on Launch day…

    Oooooh okay, I guess it didn’t transfer over then…
    Okay then sir, can you look on the back and give me the se… oh wait, it wouldn’t be on the back… Do you have the box?

    -I sure do

    Can you read me the serial number?

    -Yes, it’s xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx…

    Just give me a sec here to pull that up…
    Can I get your email address sir?

    -yes, it’s [email protected]

    Okay, we need that for the repair order process…


    Now do you have an odd –excuse me- OLD AT&T phone with you sir?


    Okay, because you will be without a phone for 5 to 7 business days, I’ll go ahead and set you up with a service phone…


    (long pause)

    Okay sir, I am going to speak to someone very briefly about this if you could just hold on for a moment…


    (16 min of Asian music)

    Hi there James, I now have Debbie on the line, and she is going to further assist you today okay?


    You two have a great day now------------------Thanks very much!

    (now Debbie)

    Okay now, I am going to be doing some paperwork with you to get your unit replaced okay?


    Sorry for the delay, so let’s get this set up… So are you close to an apple store?


    Alright, so I’m going to have to do a mail in ,in order to replace your phone…

    Okay, we will send you a service phone… let me see what I could do…

    Alright, can I have a contact number?


    okay, 76-gosh dang what is wrong with this keypad!... sorry continue…

    And what state are you in today?


    Ooh Arkansas, how is the weather there?

    -Just great, not a cloud in the sky


    -yes it is

    And your full Address…


    Thank you for your patience on this, I understand you had an issue with the heat?

    -Yes, I heard the 3G speed was “Blazing” but I didn’t know it was that hot…


    did you day you wanted a white 16 gig? Oh I don’t think the 16’s come in whi… oh they do!




    -I hear ya


    I don’t know , it’s hot in here today

    -Did my phone visit?



    So again, what happened?

    -I begin the story again

    Wow, That’s Wild, I haven’t seen that in a while (?)

    How long was it in your pocket?

    -About 3-4 hours

    So you were on the couch and it got hot…

    -Really hot!

    So the back is only damaged?

    -yes, I am talking to you on my phone now

    So it’s Working…

    No Comment

    That’s really weird, It melted, but is still functional…

    I prefer you didn’t use it though…

    It didn’t damage anything did it?

    -Other than me… no

    Just you… (laughter)

    It didn’t blister your leg did it?

    -Just red right now

    Just red huh…

    No fumes was there?

    -nope, just the ootb smell

    out of box smell only? Hehe …No smoke?


    any sparks?


    And it just happened todat right?


    and the part of your leg that was burnt was around the pocket right?


    Any electric shock?


    Did you notice any smoke coming out of your pants? (said while laughing)


    Any flames, just intense heat right?


    Sorry for all this, there is a lot of paperwork for an issue like this…
    -tis ok

    (about twenty questions later…)

    I guess that’s all we need for That one…

    HEHE It asks if the battery can be inspected, I put “it’s in the iPhone”

    How was the condition of the room you were in?

    -It was a bit messy and COOL at the same time


    I think we are finally done with the questions…

    I am worried about the phone heating up again, so I would like you to power down the phone once we are through…


    Alright, I’m just going to put you on hold for a moment…

    (28 min later)


    Thanks for holding; I’m going to get in contact with a safety consultant…

    I will call you back on your landline…

    --------------End result, A replacement on the way------------------------------

    The end
    [MacRumors via Digg via Gizmodo]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 3g Pissed, Burns Owner Out Of Spite started by ajustcircle View original post
    Comments 63 Comments
    1. thechubbyman's Avatar
      thechubbyman -
      how did he remember that whole convo
    1. crouching's Avatar
      crouching -
      Quote Originally Posted by rusty778 View Post
      If you read on latter in the forum it has a pic of the burn before he shaved.(warning its really disgusting looking)
      pics of before and after shaving
    1. Malik.1st's Avatar
      Malik.1st -
      It happened to me with my 2G iphone . The hotness means the the phone is running some thing . Does that make you wonder does it hurt our health, Doesn't it?

      we should sue somebody !!!! LoL (I Have an iPhone to enjoy it not go to hospital because of hem)
    1. kainisable's Avatar
      kainisable -
      Did you notice any smoke coming out of your pants? hahahahaa no
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Try using one of the internet radio aps, after a short amount of time they will make the iphone get really hot!! It seams as if any consistant data streaming make them able to cook with. Especially when you leave the iphone in never sleep mode.
    1. Nefarious's Avatar
      Nefarious -
      That's pretty wild.
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      1. Look at the number of scratches and nicks in his iPhone, it's no wonder the things screwed.

      2. Why does that kid shave his legs?
    1. Pcpro745's Avatar
      Pcpro745 -
      haha lol, hes got a point, Look at how the phone looks, If its a 3G that things pretty new to look that scratched...........
    1. tyfly867's Avatar
      tyfly867 -
      Quote Originally Posted by yashasvi View Post
      Thats soooooooo wierd
      my phone just is tooooooooo soft
      im on 2.0 and i still cant hear it when it rings.........sigh....................
      Did you check your ringtone volume, sometimes i hit the side buttons while doing something else and forget that i changed the volume. Also, i dont think this is the thread to be talking about this.
    1. AotW's Avatar
      AotW -
      LOL, this is pretty odd... and fun!

      BTW, calling Apple support can be very "intense" sometimes... talked to them about 2 hours setting up my TC bc it wont connect to the internet... we made it though.

      All the best for your leg :-P
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      Melts in your pocket, not in your hands. / Hot Pockets.
    1. ceramicwhite's Avatar
      ceramicwhite -
      my original iPhone got extremely hot a few times always when my phone was jailbreaked and had too many apps. ALthough my 3g has allot of app from the store and I haven't got around to jailbreaking it seems to be fine but i bet it the same, there computers too much sh!t will slow it down and heat up.
    1. trumpedup_charges's Avatar
      trumpedup_charges -
      I thought my iphone was the only one trying to set Fahrenheit records. During my pwnage, I noticed that the phone went into heat overdrive and from time to time if it stalled and locked in restore or dfu, a nice cold shower or cold room in the refrigerator brought it back from its unpawned coma state.
    1. Geniusdog254's Avatar
      Geniusdog254 -
      That is INSANE, but I have a horror story about my first gen heating up. I was playing music while I was outside sweeping the carport and I set it in the SHADE on our trashcan. When I came back and picked it up it was INSANELY hot, almost too hot to hold, I turned it on (it was locked the whole time) and to my absolute horror the right half of the screen was black, it still responded to touches, the left was working and I hit the top right and it brought up camera as usual, it responded fine only the screen was half dead. I took it inside and turned it off for about 10 minutes and when I turned it on again the right side had some color back, it wasnt just like it was turned off anymore, I turned it off again and set it on an air vent to cool it off and when I turned it on everything worked fine. The moral of this story, DO NOT set your iPhone on a trashcan on a 100 degree day, even in the shade, IT WILL DIE, at least for a moment. And btw it is blue due to the lighting, like he said put it parallel to a REALLY bright light and you will see it. (Note I can only test the blue with the black 3g, dont have a white.
    1. medafor's Avatar
      medafor -
      so did LonginottiFilms(original poster) tell the apple representative, "this call my be recorded for quality purposes"? How the hell did he remember everything that was said, did he write it down or record it. i smell bull. i do believe it happened as the phone gets very hot, but the call is a movie script of his, lol.
    1. iphonebitch13's Avatar
      iphonebitch13 -
      I actually hooked my phone up to garageband when I called and recorded it, I then typed it out on word so it could be posted legally ! lol

    1. volcomador64's Avatar
      volcomador64 -
      really i feel asleep with my iphone under my pillow all the time 1st gen and the 3g and they never heated up
    1. UKFitch21's Avatar
      UKFitch21 -
      hey ajustcircle, what program did you use to write "I still work?"?
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Quote Originally Posted by UKFitch21 View Post
      hey ajustcircle, what program did you use to write "I still work?"?
      the sketches app
    1. SKcin's Avatar
      SKcin -
      Hm, I should probably stop plugging in my first gen iPhone and letting it charge on my pillow next to me while I sleep.