Diatribe: Killed By Her iPhone5?
I’ve carried a cell phone for many years. My first one was large and clumsy and had an extendable antenna. Eventually, I remember being quite excited to upgrade to my first “flip phone”. I thought I was on the cutting edge of technology each time I clipped that baby to my belt and strutted about. Over the years I’ve upgraded, whenever my carrier allowed, to what I thought would be the best new phone for me.
For several years, I carried an iPhone4S and I enjoyed it very much. But when a friend showed me his HTC One I couldn’t believe how big the screen was. I obsessed about having a bigger screen until it was time for me to upgrade again. When my carrier offered me an opportunity to switch to the HTC One at a reduced price, I quickly relinquished in my iPhone and looked forward to the larger screen. Within hours I realized that I had made a mistake. I allowed myself two weeks to get used to the new phone before I gave up and brought it back. I paid a restocking fee (and a bunch of other money) to get an iPhone 5S. I was so happy to have a familiar smartphone back in my hands and it’s been with me constantly ever since.
And now I’ve learned that it could kill me.
Last Thursday, Ma Ailun, a 23-yeard-old woman in China was electrocuted when she answered a call while her iPhone 5 was charging. According to her sister, Ma, who worked as a flight attendant and was scheduled to be married next month, was exiting her bath when her phone rang and she fell to the floor right after answering the call.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences to the Ma family. We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter.” – Apple Spokesman via email.
Apple is, reportedly investigating the accident. Hopefully, their efforts will reveal that Ma’s death was the result of a faulty charger and not her iPhone 5. I really enjoy my iPhone5 but, nonetheless, I intend to revisit my decision to charge my phone using a socket near my bathroom sink each night. While it could be a perfectly safe habit, after learning of Ms. Ma’s electrocution, I think it might be wise to charge my phone as far away from water as possible.
Do you charge your cell phone near a water source? Do you use an off-brand charger? Will you change your habits after reading this?
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