Overheating BlackBerry Bold is a Japanese conspiracy

BlackBerry Bold

Recently, there have been a lot of reports about the BlackBerry Bold in Japan experiencing “overheating.” NTT DoCoMo has stopped sales of the device after only 4,000 were sold. After having spent a long time working in South Korea and traveling in Japan, I got a strong feeling of consumer protectionism throughout both cultures. RIM only recently was able to export BlackBerry to South Korea because of isolationist trade policy.

Although Korea and Japan are very different cultures, who share some common foods and social norms due to colonization, their proclivity to purchase local products is obvious to anyone who has lived in either country.

The blogger in me believes that due to the recession and fall of the Japanese economy, NTT DoCoMo may be under pressure to give Japanese handset manufacturers an unfair advantage. Is it possible the Bold scared Japanese officials who want their businessmen using only Japanese-made smartphones? Or is their claim of overheating valid? Keep in mind that Japan is the only country reporting these problems.

What say you BlackBerry Cool readers?

Analysts are saying that region-specific software could be overclocking the device leading to overheating. If this were the case, do you not think we could have isolated said software by now?

If you know of someone in Japan (Japanese, not an expat) who owns a Bold, please email me at kyle [at] blackberrycool [dot] com.

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8 Responses to “Overheating BlackBerry Bold is a Japanese conspiracy”


  1. 1 nah.uhh

    No constiracy, if you dowoad signal location utilities to check you battery temp, I’ve had 3 bolds where if they hit over 40c they will no longer charge, and if on a phonecall for longer than 40 minutes, the chances of the phone being under 40 percent were slim.
    I thinlk 30 out of 4000 is more than a reasonable amount of bad berries, esp since they are probably receiving overstocks from christmas

  2. 2 MarvinK

    I think part of the issue with overheating Bolds has to do with the 3G networks they are talking on. I’ve been some places (San Luis Potosi, Mexico was the worst) where my Bold will drain in less than 12 hours… doing the same sorts of things I’d do at home in the US. Some of our BlackBerry Bolds run hotter than others.. and warmer than it seems a cell phone should run. I think RIM is definitely pushing the limits of the device.

  3. 3 MarvinK

    Hasn’t Orange (UK) stopped selling the Bold on 2 separate occasions because of heat and reliability issues? AT&T was many months late releasing the Bold because of heat/battery/performance issues. Neither of those countries have protectionism anywhere near the levels of the far east.

  4. 4 Simon

    I have a bold and live in italy where 3G coverage is very good. And my bold does get really hot after some time on the phone. I actually have to end calls because it becomes unbearable. It never happened wqith all my prev bb’s.

    So I believe this.

  5. 5 JapanBolduser

    I am using the Japanese Bold, I have a suspicion it could be due to the new 700ma charger. Initially when I charged it I was using the 700ma charger and the device felt “hot”, but since I had the previous NTT 8707h charger lying around which is rated 1000ma I’ve been using that and it doesn’t seem to have the heat problem. A colleague of mine is charging via USB and don’t have the heat issue.

    I’m suspecting the 700ma 100-240V charger hasn’t been tested properly.
    Japan is using 100V 50/60Hz.

  6. 6 JapanBolduser

    As for the point about Blackberry vs local Japanese products, the Blackberry was brought in due to pressure from the Global companies etc. As most global companies are rolling out Blackberry devices as a global deployment.

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