There’s word that NTT DoCoMo, one of Japan’s biggest mobile phone operators, has pulled all sales of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Bold due to potential overheating problems. It looks like the issue concerns rapid temperature gains while the phone is plugged in and re-charging. So far according to news reports the carrier reports selling about 4,000 Bolds. Customers are complaining the keyboard area has heated up though there are no reports of open flames being spotted.
According to reports, RIM has ruled out a battery problem but seems otherwise puzzled. I’ve only had one or two instances of my Bold heating up and both times I chalked it up to a rogue application that continued running in the background. My symptoms included heat as well as rapid battery drain.