Now Reliance Lyf smartphone catches fire; user expresses concerns on Twitter

A Reliance Lyf smartphone exploded and caught fire on Sunday, and its owner expressed concern over the issue seeking the company’s intervention to recall faulty handsets.


The development comes at a time when Korean handset major Samsung has been engulfed with consumer complaints of its Galaxy Note 7 bursting into flames. Samsung’s Note 7 smartphone hasn’t been launched in India.
Tanvir Sadiq, a Reliance Lyf customer, posted pictures of his exploded smartphone on micro blogging site – Twitter. His post said- ‘My family had a narrow escape today after @Reliancejio’s @Reliance_Lyf phone exploded and burst into flames’. A Reliance Lyf team member however reached out to the consumer asking for Sadiq’s contact details.

In a statement, a Reliance spokesperson said that Lyf range of phones are designed and manufactured with global standards by some of the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile phones. Each phone goes through a stringent quality control process.

“We are concerned about the incident reported in social media and are taking the matter seriously. We are assessing the cause and will conduct a thorough investigation in the matter. Customer safety is paramount to us and, based on our findings, we will take appropriate action,” the statement added.

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Omar Abdullah also retweeted the Tanveer’s tweet and expressed his worries over the issue. Abdullah also said that he will not be using his handset anytime soon

Lyf is a smartphone brand by Reliance Retail, a sister company of Reliance Jio, which launched services in September. Lyf-branded smartphones were introduced commercially around June-July period of this year to customers seeking free Jio 4G service.

Reliance’s Lyf handset brand climbed up to number four spot in the third quarter with 6.9% market share benefiting from the commercial launch and attractive trial period offer to consumers, market research agency Counterpoint recently said.

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[…] The LYF F8 features a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display and is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset. It comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card). The device runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED Flash. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera onboard. The phone supports dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE (Band 3, Band 5, and Band 40), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, USB OTG, GPS, and 3.5mm audio jack. Also read: Now Reliance Lyf smartphone catches fire; user expresses concerns… Read more »
November 7, 2016 11:09 pm 11:09 PM

Calm down. People don’t use only Jio on LYF phones. I know people using Airtel/Vodafone on LYF. Dont worry. No corporate tactics. Lower handset sales will affect all telcos.

S(Grater Kolkata)
November 7, 2016 10:29 pm 10:29 PM

I am using LYF water 5 handset with Jio from July. Though I mainly use USB tethering, till now the set never got abnormal heating. It only heated if I active hotspot for a long time. It is found that many users forgets to close active applications which runs in background which may cause over heating and burst. High amp charge may explode the device. But I came to know from some users that low ranged phones are over heating very much and some of the batteries totally damages within few months.