BlackBerry 9320 is still considered to be one of the best BlackBerry models, but new safety concerns have emerged after an 11-year-old boy in the UK sustained burns when his phone spontaneously caught fire.
Kian McCreath woke up in the middle of the night to find his bed on fire caused by the BlackBerry phone he was recharging at the time.
RIM officials have begun investigations into what caused the phone to catch fire. The phone was gifted to the boy as his birthday present and the family is now demanding RIM to withdraw the model from stores.
Meanwhile social networking sites have been buzzing with updates of the phone that caught fire with several users searing never to place the phone anywhere close to their bed.
“The phone is usually charged at night and I have my charger plugged into the power socket right next to the bed. No more. The only inconvenience is that I will have to walk up to my desk to switch off the alarm,” says Shammim Anwar a Dubai resident.
“Otherwise I am pretty happy with my BlackBerry phone. I have been using it for almost an year now,” she adds.
RIM, which has seen considerable slide in its market share during the last few years, is hoping to bounce back with the launch of its new OS - BlackBerry 10 on January 30. The new all touch smartphone it plans to release on the same day have received impressive reviews from app developers. According to reports RIM has distributed about 7,500 all-touch testing devices to developers so far.