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Nokia's Business Boom
For Nokia, the world's largest mobile-phone maker, this might shape up to be an explosive Christmas season. Consumer groups in Germany and Belgium warned that the batteries in some of Nokia's most popular phones can short-circuit, overheat and even blow up. The announcement, made after extensive testing by Belgium 's Test-Aankoop association, set off a storm; consumers flooded the group's switchboard reporting their own mobile problems. The firm insists its batteries are safe and says many that the Belgians tested were counterfeit.

Consumer groups say it's impossible to tell the difference...

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