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Vodafone confirms UK safe from Samsung Wave virus

Samsung Wave - dead dirty (but only in Germany and not any more)
Samsung Wave - dead dirty (but only in Germany and not any more)

The Samsung Wave, which has just gone on sale, has been confirmed as shipping with a Trojan virus.

The virus lives on the 1GB microSD card, and will automatically run when the phone is connected to a PC.

UPDATE: Samsung has contacted TechRadar, and while it had declined to say why there's a virus on the phone, it did give us this statement:

"In relation to your story on the Samsung Wave and the reported virus that has been found on some microSD cards sold with the product in Germany, we wanted to let you know that this is an isolated issue that took place solely in the German market.

"As soon as the problem was identified the issue was immediately resolved. All products currently available on the market have been tested and are perfectly safe to use. To be absolutely clear – this problem does not and did not affect the UK."

UK not to worry

Future shipments should be clean and virus-free though, according to the Korean firm, although it's never good to unleash your first phone running a new operating system with a virus.

But don't worry if you're in the UK and are now worried you're carrying a ticking PC bomb in your shiny new Wave, fear not, as Vodafone has told TechRadar it is certain its phones will not carry the microSD card virus because:

"Our phones do not come with a bundled microSD card."

Worry over, then.

Via Mobile Burn

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.