Nokia takes a timeout from developing cellphones with flammable materials

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Nokia has announced they're dropping fuel cell development for a few years, citing the immaturity of fuel cell technology for mobile devices. Now if you've kept up with us, you'll remember that it was only last September when Nokia announced a fuel cell Bluetooth headset. Now at first this may seem like a story of Nokia backing off because of some lack of corporate commitment or desire to serve their customers. However, when you take into account that the flammable methanol in fuel cells will keep users of fuel cell cellphones off of airplanes, it becomes clear that this may be a smart step, as Nokia doesn't have quite a lot of pull with the FAA. Also, lest we forget, Nokia has also got a track record with flammable cellphones.

[Via TechDirt]