Support S3 turns off on its own- battery pull is the only solution

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http://androidforums.com – I have a Verizon S3, totally stock software, no recent updates (I got the Verizon OTA update 1-2 weeks ago), no new apps loaded on in the past week. The phone has been running perfectly- no problems with it until yesterday when the phone became unresponsive three times in the span of 15 minutes. Holding down the power button, the menu button, a combination of both did nothing. It happened again this morning twice. In both series of shutdowns, I was doing the usual- internet, google finance, the usual. Then I turned off the screen because a coworker started talking to me. I went to turn (General)