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Photos: Nokia's San Diego Test Center

SAN DIEGO -- CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011 -- If you’ve ever dropped your phone, spilled on it or accidentally sent it through the wash, rest easy knowing that Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has already done the same.

And, because Nokia has, those actions shouldn’t damage your device. At least that’s the hope behind Nokia’s six mobile device test centers, including one in San Diego, which the handset maker opened up to journalists attending CTIA .

LR Mobile took a tour of the facility and can vouch for the fact that every phone Nokia has produced goes through a series of tests where Nokia engineers do everything in their power to destroy the phone. The wireless operators give the company “stress level” guidelines that each phone they buy must pass to be sold to end consumers, according to Nokia's president of North America, Chris Weber.

In case you are wondering, there were no Windows Phone devices to be found at the facility, but Weber said the same tests would be applied to them. And, he’s “chomping at the bit” to divulge more about the handsets ... but he can’t yet.

In the meantime, click on the image below to launch a slide show of behind-the-scenes images from Nokia’s Test Center.



The photos and captions are both our fault.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:51:21 PM
re: Photos: Nokia's San Diego Test Center

I've done that too, Craig, but mine always breaks (the touchscreen at least)! I wonder how strict the carrier requirements are....They wouldn't tell us what the levels they have to pass are or how many phones fail.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:51:21 PM
re: Photos: Nokia's San Diego Test Center

Craig....trying out as a replacement Mythbuster?


 

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:51:21 PM
re: Photos: Nokia's San Diego Test Center

This is hilarious. It's one big factory of destruction.


I like the stomper machine and the automatic phone-flipper. Also, the "dropped onto concrete" simulator, since I've done that to my phones about 100 times.

Koda23 12/5/2012 | 4:51:21 PM
re: Photos: Nokia's San Diego Test Center

Carrier grade telecom blades and systems also go through a similar battery of tests to comply with the NEBS standards for environmental and EMC. Watching equipment I've designed go through seismic, airborne contaminants, humidity, unpackaged drop, and other tests has been quite memorable.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:51:20 PM
re: Photos: Nokia's San Diego Test Center

> Craig....trying out as a replacement Mythbuster?


Apparently! If I could get the phone to blow up, I'd be a shoo-in...

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