Feb 4th, 2013

We’re always approaching these weird rebel phone stories with a degree of caution. Some people like to claim that their phones suddenly grew the super hero-like abilities to explode and go up in flames without any fault of their own. Some phones can suffer a spontaneous combustion, though, and without proper proof either way we tend to post these stories to sit and marvel more than anything else.

The latest episode was brought to us by Cellect Repair, a repair service who obviously has a great deal of interest in stories like these. According to the user who submitted the photo of the DROID RAZR you see above, the phone was plugged into a wall outlet (using the OEM-provided charging cable and adapter) for a routine charging session, but things got not-so-routine when an odd odor began to form from the room.

Shocked to find out it was the DROID RAZR, the user was even more shocked that the damaged display continued to work normally despite a good chunk of it being melted off. Typical cases of “broken glass” don’t affect the digitizer and LCD panel, but this burn was thorough enough to melt all those layers and, in theory, should have rendered the display completely inoperable. Take that for what you will.

According to Cellect, the user brought the device to a Verizon store where the carrier executed a replacement process that was unlike its normal steps for investigation or repair. This would suggest that Verizon has internal knowledge of a possible issue with a very small amount of DROID RAZR units, but that can’t be confirmed. Cellects suspects the source of the burn could have been either the WiFi radio or the VCO, but couldn’t confirm the exact position and origin of the burn without more photos of the wreckage.

What do you think? Did this particular DROID RAZR have its soul burned due to causes unknown or is the user just pulling a fast one on Verizon to get themselves a free phone? Take a look at the photo above.

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