BlackBerry Bold is a hot seller in Japan--literally

It's out of the frying pan and into the fire for the BlackBerry Bold.

The Research In Motion-made device has been pulled from the shelves in Japan by NTT DoCoMo because of concerns that it is overheating when the battery is charging. DoCoMo has been selling the phone for about a week, and said it has sold 4,000 units, and has received about 30 complaints regarding the overheating. There have been no reports of customers being burned or the phones catching on fire.

"This issue appears to be specifically limited to the BlackBerry Bold devices sold in Japan since last week and sales of BlackBerry Bold devices in other countries are unaffected by this matter," RIM said in a statement. RIM said it is investigating the matter.

The Bold has had a rough go of it since it was first announced. Orange suspended shipments of the phone in October due to "software issues." Its launch in the United States was first suspected to be last summer, but it did not arrive in stores through AT&T Mobility until last November.

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