posted on Sep, 4 2007 @ 04:46 PM
The types of power supplies for appliances where there's exposed metal or a chance of contact with it, like on your cell phone, are what we call
"isolated", that is, there's generally a transformer between the wall power and the output, and there is no direct link at all.
There's a way to do really low powered ones using capacitors but probably not applicable in this case.
This isolation keeps you from getting wall power in your ear.
Even if the unit was defective, and they generally make you design so that that's monstrously unlikely to happen, you'd have to:
1) have the power supply unit fail in such a way that the output is live with respect to ground/neutral on the AC input
2) touch metal on the phone that's not isolated (enough)
3) contact ground or neutral with your body somewhere other than the phone
4) generally have something lowering the resistance of your skin, such as being wet.
It's not terrifically likely. I wouldn't spend a second worrying about it.