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CES, Reporter Breaks "Unbreakable" Mobile Phone

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the what-has-been-done-cannot-be-undone dept.

Idle 316

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes "Reporter Dan Simmons from the BBC's technology show Click managed to break a mobile phone marketed as 'unbreakable' (video), during a demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas." The phone can survive a 10 story fall, being submerged 20 feet for 30 mins, and you can use it to hammer a nail; but it's no match for a British journalist.

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What's with the nationalism (0, Troll)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724722)

What does the reporters nationality have anything to do with it?

Re:What's with the nationalism (1)

Goffee71 (628501) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724792)

Only British hacks come with that special "wrecking mode"??

Re:What's with the nationalism (5, Insightful)

Idiot with a gun (1081749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724808)

You sound like those crazy sociology professors who get pissed at words like "manhole" and "mankind." It's part of the presentation style, relax.

Re:What's with the nationalism (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724882)

Don't even get me started on "huMANs!"

Re:What's with the nationalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30725086)

Huwoman?

Re:What's with the nationalism (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725126)

Hubeings!

Re:What's with the nationalism (4, Funny)

n2art2 (945661) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725134)

Don't even get me started on "huwoMANs!"

Re:What's with the nationalism (1)

kaini (1435765) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725562)

Don't even get me started on "huwoMANs!"

did you come up with the acronym PHP, by any chance?

Re:What's with the nationalism (3, Insightful)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724816)

It adds another word to the bland summary.

Re:What's with the nationalism (5, Insightful)

CaseyB (1105) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724848)

It's not as if we wouldn't have known anyway: his first reaction is to apologize profusely.

Re:What's with the nationalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30725214)

Are you sure he wasn't French?

Re:What's with the nationalism (5, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725516)

Are you sure he wasn't French?

He said the guy apologized, not surrendered.

Re:What's with the nationalism (5, Funny)

The Orange Mage (1057436) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725566)

You all have it wrong, technically he apologised.

Re:What's with the nationalism (-1, Troll)

Himring (646324) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725456)

And if the guy was a redneck from the south (i.e., the U.S.), he would have responded like the wwe fans in that south park episode....

"He broke he's phone!"

[rooster then crows]

Re:What's with the nationalism (5, Insightful)

SlowMovingTarget (550823) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724850)

An American journalist would've rephrased the marketing blurb on the phone, not tried it out, and welcomed our new invincible mobile overlords, only to be made fun of by Jon Stewart later that night.

Re:What's with the nationalism (4, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724940)

My dad told me the story of when he was 16 (around 1966) and the local hardware store had got in unbreakable dishes (Corningware I think), and being a young imp, he decided to give it a shot. He dropped the plate on its edge, which, apparently is the weak spot on such dishes, and it literally exploded. He did this, naturally, during a product demonstration, and was promptly banned from the store.

Re:What's with the nationalism (3, Funny)

n2art2 (945661) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725148)

but was he British?

Re:What's with the nationalism (5, Informative)

MSG (12810) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725328)

Not only do those explode quite spectacularly, but the shards are amazingly sharp. I don't envy the person who had to clean up that mess.

Re:What's with the nationalism (2, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725530)

My dad told me the story of when he was 16 (around 1966) and the local hardware store had got in unbreakable dishes (Corningware I think), and being a young imp, he decided to give it a shot. He dropped the plate on its edge, which, apparently is the weak spot on such dishes, and it literally exploded. He did this, naturally, during a product demonstration, and was promptly banned from the store.

That sounds like Corningware alright... When that stuff breaks, it's very serious about it.

Re:What's with the nationalism (5, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725012)

An American journalist would've rephrased the marketing blurb on the phone, not tried it out, and welcomed our new invincible mobile overlords, only to be made fun of by Jon Stewart later that night.

It's a bit offtopic but I just heard something about this on NPR recently [npr.org] :

For decades, young reporters would ask themselves, "What would Walter think?" Nowadays, it's not the memory of Walter Cronkite or even Edward R. Murrow that motivates some reporters — it's more often the fear that the stories they put out today might get picked apart by Jon Stewart tomorrow.

Prominent among the wary: NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who recently explained in a magazine essay that The Daily Show host "has gone from optional to indispensable" in just a few short years.

I found it odd yet telling that keeping anchors in check is not regulated by role models today but rather the court jester. Indeed, my opinions of both Fox News and CNN have dropped significantly from watching a few shows of Stewarts where he systematically picks apart their idiocy with a montage or just pointing out the obvious. It's like an MST3K recap of the day's news ... except with a bizarre twist: the truth.

Re:What's with the nationalism (1)

turtleAJ (910000) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724866)

What does the reporters nationality have anything to do with it?

Yeah... and they said "being submerged 20 feet for 30 mins"
How much is that in meters?!
VW Bugs laid end-to-end?

British Reporter breaks phone... in retaliation, American site breaks British site...

Somebody tell me what nationality the phone is!

Re:What's with the nationalism (1, Informative)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725044)

Somebody tell me what nationality the phone is!

Apparently, USA-ian. [sonimtech.com]

Re:What's with the nationalism (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30724874)

He broke it by smiling a big, open mouth smile at it. Hence why his being British is key to understanding the incident.

Re:What's with the nationalism (1, Funny)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724998)

The yellow sun rays from his teeth did it?

Re:What's with the nationalism (0, Flamebait)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725558)

The yellow sun rays from his teeth did it?

No, no, that would never work - the rays would need to converge to get enough power - but the teeth are so crooked the rays get scattered all over the place

More like patriotism... which is the same thing,,, (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724914)

TFA is from BBC, journalist is British and it is a form of national pride.
"Brits can do the undoable, break the unbreakable."

Stiff Upper Lip, You Insensitive Clod (3, Funny)

wsanders (114993) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725308)

Because Brits have a Stiff Upper Lip. Great for breaking phones, summers where it never gets above 50, and attempting to conquer places like Afghanistan and India.

Oops (1)

powelly (70306) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724742)

All publicity is good publicity?

Nothing is unbreakable. (5, Insightful)

ATestR (1060586) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724750)

You can destroy anything if you apply the right force. Making a bald statement that a phone (or anything else) is unbreakable will just prompt some folks to find the right force, even if it isn't something the phone would normally experience.

Re:Nothing is unbreakable. (3, Insightful)

Nightwraith (180411) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724840)

While I agree with you generally, don't you think that bashing the screen with something sharp/pointy is a fairly common occurrence with non-flip phones?

Keys, countertops, railings and curbs all come to mind...

Re:Nothing is unbreakable. (3, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725242)

.. don't you think that bashing the screen with something sharp/pointy is a fairly common occurrence with non-flip phones?

Not if you stay on your meds.

Re:Nothing is unbreakable. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30725378)

Posting AC as I'm modding this discussion:

Nope. Those of us with Non flip phones do not tend to put them in position where they get stabbed by Sharp Pointy Objects like Keys and such. In my case, most of my pants/shorts all have a dedicated pocket where I place it, screen towards my body. Yes it's been stabbed, slammed into corners, rails and walls yet it still works quite well. If it's not in the cell pocket, it's in my shirt pocket so it's never near keys or other pointed objects except when out or someone tries to use me for target practice. Then I hope to hell the phone takes the slug instead of my precious skin because it aint "My Precious" as Gollum would say.

Something like that would normally happen (1)

HannethCom (585323) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724910)

Something very similar is how I broke my phone. it hit really hard on the edge of a desk or something when it was in my pocket. The screen was even protected by a SD to CF converter, just happened to be between the screen and what ever it hit. The SD to CF converter was trashed and so was the screen on my phone. My phone was not unbreakable.

Re:Nothing is unbreakable. (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725122)

It is nice though to have something sturdy. Something you don't have to care about at all. If only most rugged phones weren't hideously ugly or with very poor UI & functionality...

Though luckily there are compromises like Nokia 3720 classic; both quite rugged and rather stylish
http://conversations.nokia.com/2009/07/09/nokia-3720-classic-rugged-phone-video-montage-and-hands-on/ [nokia.com]

Re:Nothing is unbreakable. (2, Interesting)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725260)

You can destroy anything if you apply the right force.

Of course. Even the forces binding the proton together are not so strong that one can't be blasted apart in a particle accelerator. Even the mythical and ludicrously strong material the Ringworld was made from had to succumb to this rule. It is in some ways trivial to take "unbreakable" in a way that it equals "non-existant".

I think it's more useful to define "unbreakable" to mean "within reason", and go from there. For a phone, being able to use it as an impromptu hammer is pretty good. Or being dropped off your balcony. Or submerged in water. That covers most of the abuse that a phone takes, so "unbreakable" as in "you aren't going to accidentally break it in normal circumstances" is pretty good. Though if a journalist can break it while standing at your booth at a trade show, then it seems it doesn't live up to even this lesser standard.

Of course the gold standard for unbreakability in mobile electronics is over twenty years old. [flickr.com] Ah, now that is some damn sturdy hardware!

On the other hand, dip that thing in some water and see what happens...

Re:Nothing is unbreakable. (1)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725396)

It is in some ways trivial to take "unbreakable" in a way that it equals "non-existant".

The speed of light is unbreakable! :P

Re:Nothing is unbreakable. (4, Funny)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725306)

Exactly. Nothing is unbreakable!

That’s why my walls and my clothes are made out of nothing.

But I plan to sell nothing, so others have nothing too, and so have to pay taxes for nothing.
I only hope nobody steals nothing for me, because how will I sue him then?

Re:Nothing is unbreakable. (3, Funny)

Nerdposeur (910128) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725520)

I only hope nobody steals nothing for me, because how will I sue him then?

You won't have to. He'll gladly settle out of court and give you nothing for your trouble.

Re:Nothing is unbreakable. (1)

driftingwalrus (203255) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725348)

I wager a 100 ton hydraulic press would make short work of it.

What the hell? (-1, Troll)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724754)

A two line summary to a /video link/. On the front page of Slashdot.

Alright, I give up. Shark jumped, I'm outta here.

Re:What the hell? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30724950)

Bye; don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out.

Re:What the hell? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30725000)

Can I have your Karma?

Re:What the hell? (2, Insightful)

mattOzan (165392) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725002)

You've changed, man. It used to be about the music!

Or, wait...what was Slashdot about waaay back in the 900,000 range of UIDs?

Re:What the hell? (1)

Taedirk (870181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725334)

About half as many stories per day.

Re:What the hell? (1)

Karganeth (1017580) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725304)

Eh? Whats wrong with videos?

Whoops! (2, Funny)

Nightwraith (180411) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724770)

Uh...

Is this live? We can edit that out right?

Ok, reset. Ready? Take TWO!

Learn from history... (5, Funny)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724782)

Where's the "titanic" tag?

So before I (1)

Themer (994454) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724786)

RTFA to WTFV can anyone tell us how he breaks it?

Re:So before I (1)

Critical Facilities (850111) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725006)

He gives it a few good whacks on the side of an aquarium (after dunking the phone in the water, and managing to still receive a phone call on the device). It's kind of funny, but not terribly exciting.

Re: how he broke it (3, Informative)

Svartormr (692822) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725080)

More specifically, he beats the phone on the corner of the metal frame of the aquarium, where the metal comes to a point. Which cracked the display.

Seriously? (2, Insightful)

jlp2097 (223651) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724790)

Seriously? A story about breaking a phone which surprisingly is not unbreakable? If it's a slow news day at least put it in idle!

Meh.

Video (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724798)

Anyone have a link to the actual video? The provided link just keeps playing a PBS commercial at me.

-Peter

Re:Video (2, Funny)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724846)

Anyone have a link to the actual video? The provided link just keeps playing a PBS commercial at me.

-Peter

That's how they broke it. One too many pledge drives and the poor phone just couldn't take any more...

Re:Video (1)

dkh2 (29130) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725066)

That's entirely the wrong response to too many pledge drives. You're supposed to make a drinking game out of it. Every time [on-air-personality] says [key phrase] you drink.

Re:Video = patience Grasshopper (pete-classic) (1)

SargentDU (1161355) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725070)

If you are patient enough the story does follow your PBS commercial.

Re:Video = patience Grasshopper (pete-classic) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30725258)

Not mine. The PBS commercial stops, and I just get a black video window. Ubuntu 9.10 / Firefox

Re:Video = patience Grasshopper (pete-classic) (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725508)

What's what I got as well. On the third reload I got a different commercial (Toyota) and then the video played. Chrome on Snow Leopard.

-Peter

Use it as a hammer? (1)

jgreco (1542031) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724814)

Seriously, I wouldn't consider it indestructible at least until you can try to nail it to the wall WITH a hammer and nail - and it still works.

Happens to the best of us! (1)

pasm (697457) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724820)

Demo dyndrome is alive and well!
I am sure nearly all of us knows how he feels.
I remember when Oracle was unbreakable. Surely it is computing taboo to use this description :)

Spoiler: (4, Informative)

bcmm (768152) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724822)

He just smashes the screen against the corner of the fish tank that he just failed to drown it in. Not being covered in rubber like the rest of the phone, it breaks like any normal screen. You could probably apply the same pressure by accidentally dropping it on a jagged rock.

Re:Spoiler: (1)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724878)

I wonder if that was Gorilla Glass.

Re:Spoiler: (5, Insightful)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724892)

To be fair, it takes him a few solid whallops before it does break, and the rep doesn't look the least bit concerned until it actually snaps.

Re:Spoiler: (1)

Critical Facilities (850111) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725090)

the rep doesn't look the least bit concerned until it actually snaps.

That's because the "rep" in the video is the CEO of the company. What I'd like to see is the rant that was edited out (you can tell pretty easily that there's an edit at 1:09). I'm betting you saw the CEO's face turn a few shades of red and that a few employees were packing up their desks.

Re:Spoiler: (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725286)

He looks embarrassed, but I don't think he looks all that pissed.

Re:Spoiler: (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725476)

To be fair, it takes him a few solid whallops before it does break, and the rep doesn't look the least bit concerned until it actually snaps.

To be fair, they have a good laugh about it after it breaks, too. The company rep doesn't act embarrassed, and has good humor about it.

I think if I needed a rugged phone I'd probably consider one from this company anyway, it's certainly a more durable phone than a regular phone. Obviously not "indestructible" but it'd handle being in my pocket.

Re:Spoiler: (1)

Ksevio (865461) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724976)

It's a bit funny just how fast he breaks it. The CEO seems a bit surprised how the guy whacks at it for a few seconds and breaks it that easily.

Re:Spoiler: (1)

radtea (464814) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725110)

It's a bit funny just how fast he breaks it.

Sounds like a case of developers testing their own code, or in this case engineers testing their own product. There is a strong tendency to create impressive tests for the product's strengths while carefully avoiding the weaknesses.

You need independent testers who don't feel they've done their job until the product is good and truly borken.

Re:Spoiler: (0)

fast turtle (1118037) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725544)

Damn You: I don't know whether to mark you as Funny or Insightful becuase you've succeeded in reaching both.

It's very true that you can't idiot proof something as I gleefully instructed a salesperson on regarding flip phones. I'm a trekie (grew up on it) and the first thing I did was flip it open. Funny thing is, he got hit in the knee with one screen while the other flew across the room and just missed hitting his boss in the face. Yep totally destroyed a $300 dollar phone in less then 2 seconds only to ask the guy "Now do you understand why I don't like flip phones?"

I'll take a brick phone over a flip any day of the week simply because I wont destroy telling the ship to "Beam Me Up. There's no Inteligent Life here."

Re:Spoiler: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30725276)

It did take 3 to 4 good hits before breaking. I have to say that he was hitting it quite hard.

yeah (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30724844)

but is it unblendable?

Awkward (1)

electricbern (1222632) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724852)

The "unbreakable" phone being actually breakable is nothing extraordinary, but the awkward position the reporter puts the guy on is priceless. And I have to tell you the reporter was pretty gentle with the phone.

Re:Awkward (1)

home-electro.com (1284676) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725272)

Poor stupid reporter :) But the video is really funny!

Idiots call cell phone unbreakable. Idiots try and test it. Make your cell phone from a solid chunk of steel, and it still will be breakable.

Screens are weak (1)

keithpreston (865880) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724886)

Screens are always the weak point of a phone. I would surprised if any lcd screen can withstand a direct contact with only the screen (generally by corners or pointy objects). Thet have the drop issue solved because they assume the casing will absorb the shock on a flat surface.

Working for a phone manufacturer it took us month of back and forth with the LCD manufacturer and reinforcing plastic to make our phone's LCD not break from a 1.5 meter drop. So 10 stories is impressive!

Always the screen (2, Insightful)

Ambiguous Coward (205751) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724888)

The key to breakage here being that when they said "You can hammer a nail with it!" they didn't mean, "You can hammer a nail with the screen"

Screens will always be the weak point until we get that transparent aluminum out there to shield it while keeping it visible. And even then, you know, that little display would still be susceptible to heat. I have a hunch a lighter would have had similar success in destroying the screen.

Actually... (2, Informative)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#30724956)

From TFV... the screen still worked - it is just that he apparently cracked it.
Not that you could actually tell from the video.

Re:Actually... (2, Insightful)

Ambiguous Coward (205751) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725192)

Ah, well, when the CEO-chap said "You've broken the screen" I assumed that meant he'd broken the screen. ;)

And lots of things still work after being broken. Screens like that are one of them. It's just that as the breakage increases, the usability decreases. I'm sure that if he managed to crack it by hitting it on the corner of a fish tank, he could continue to break it further by continuing his previous actions. In the long run, the screen would break to the point of non-usability.

I have a friend with an old iphone. I think it was run over several times by a car. There is not a single piece of glass on the display that is larger than 3mm in diameter. They're all still attached due to the glue used to adhere it, however. It's just a horribly fractured display. It still works somehow, display and touch functionality, but I don't think anyone would go so far as to claim it's "not broken." ;)

Reminds me of the Nextel "military spec" phones. (3, Interesting)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725014)

Our Nextel rep tried to sell us on some of their rubber-encased, bulky "ruggedized" phones last year, bragging about how they met U.S. military specifications and so on. We tried out a few, and one of the maintenance guys out in the shop managed to break the "push to talk" button on his the first day he had it. A couple others developed keypad failures in a matter of months.

The fact is, the cellphone makers come up with these claims based on very specific types of "accidents", such as the phone's ability to survive submerging in water to a certain depth, or surviving a drop from X number of feet. In the real world, people find MANY other ways to break these devices that weren't even investigated. (The guys in our shop do a lot of grinding and cutting of steel, for example. Eventually, the little metal filings find their way into the cellphone's speaker, where the magnet in the speaker causes them to collect up - until they make a big enough pile to short things out. When disassembling "dead" phones, we've found that a number of times. But I haven't seen a single cellphone maker take any steps in their design to prevent THAT mode of failure.

Re:Reminds me of the Nextel "military spec" phones (1)

fredjh (1602699) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725268)

Like you said... the guy broke the "push to talk button." The rubberized casing would prevent the keys from getting pushed on a fall to a flat surface, but I'm sure pretty much ANY of these phones will break simply by pushing buttons too hard.

And if that fails, smash the screen against the corner of a fish tank.

Re:Reminds me of the Nextel "military spec" phones (1)

Xtravar (725372) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725586)

Here at work, we've gotten free devices with kevlar-coated screens on occasion for software development. One of our developers accidentally split the device's case in half from a 3 foot drop when they're supposed to have a 6 foot drop spec. :)

Wrong summary (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725068)

The Shrike broke it. Reporter Dan Simmons included that scene in the next Hyperion book.

Re:Wrong summary (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725442)

He'll call it "Prayers to Broken Phones"

Marketing lies exposed!!!!!!!! (0, Offtopic)

qoncept (599709) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725106)

Extra, extra! HUGE NEWS!! Child opens child proof bottle!

Re:Marketing lies exposed!!!!!!!! (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725312)

Extra, extra! HUGE NEWS!! Child opens child proof bottle!

Now if you said that an adult opened a child proof bottle, I might get impressed. But a kid, no.

Unbreakable??? (5, Funny)

ewenix (702589) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725208)

That is the most blatant false advertising since my lawsuit against the movie, The Neverending Story.

Re:Unbreakable??? (1)

TempeTerra (83076) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725540)

To be fair, originally The Neverending Story was neverending, but they still haven't heard back from the focus groups and the investors got impatient.

Really now? (1)

Xelios (822510) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725226)

This was worthy of a front page post? I saw that video earlier, thought "heh" and moved on with my day. Is there really anything more to discuss here?

Re:Really now? (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725402)

This was posted by sampenzus. You expected something better?

Will it blend? (1)

Pointy_Hair (133077) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725240)

Will it blend? [blendtec.com]

So, it's not unbreakable ... (1)

jonhainer (188206) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725254)

... but will it blend?

Will it blend? - iPhone [youtube.com]

so, uh...does it (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30725340)

blend?

The British Empire (1)

el3mentary (1349033) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725376)

Breaking other peoples stuff since 1583!

Wooaw... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30725388)

BBC just got famous... in limelight... NASDAQ skyrocketing... amazing work!!!

--ssk

I love the rep's reaction though (1)

MartinSchou (1360093) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725406)

Instead of being shocked or dismayed, he actually laughs at it. That is, to me, the best possible way he could react. The only thing that could have made it better, would have been if he had said something like "well, you've just earned yourself a new phone".

Cracking (1)

Wowsers (1151731) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725420)

Obviously rather than dipping the phone in water, it was put into a solution of sodium pentothal, and the phone barked "Enough of this torture, I'll give you the contacts list". And thus the phone was "broken."

Is the a challenge? (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725486)

Just say that it is tough not unbreakable

Surefire way to break the unbreakable (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725514)

Give it to a 6 year old boy.

Wow the "sales rep" was not seeing that comming (1)

McNihil (612243) | more than 4 years ago | (#30725554)

Epic fail... though I have to say the rep did do a good job showing humility. Good PR in the end.

Yes but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30725564)

... does it run Linux?

And can you break it merely by installing Linux?

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