Sony cell phone recalls cost $US95 million

Sony Corp. said late Friday a series of cellular telephone handset recalls that has hit the company in Japan has so far cost it 12 billion yen (US$95.5 million).

The figure covers losses associated with the recall of three handsets.

In May Sony recalled the SO503i, a Java-compatible handset for NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s network, because of software and security problems. The same month, it also recalled the C101S handset for KDDI Corp.'s Au network, as this was found to be incompatible with a CDMA2000 network upgrade the carrier is planning for August. Earlier this week, KDDI said it will be sending replacement batteries to 460,000 owners of C406S handsets because of manufacturing faults in the original batteries that could cause them to overheat. Sony does not normally announce the costs of such recalls although said it was making details public this time because they will have an effect on first quarter earnings. Sony is due to announce those on July 26.

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