iPhones End Up in Odd Places

iPhones End Up in Odd Places

iPhones End Up in Odd Places

Paying the Price
Damaged iPhones have cost Americans $5.9 billion since 2007.

"You always hurt the one you love," is a line from an old Mills Brothers' song. These days, it could refer to our relationship with Apple's iPhone. Accidents involving the massively popular mobile device (the iPhone 5 racked up more than 2 million pre-orders within the first 24 hours of availability in September) seem to be taking place all the time—and in all kind of odd places. iPhone owners confess to an assortment of mishaps involving their beloved device, according to a survey from SquareTrade. These include being left on the top of a moving car, slipped into a washing machine in a shirt pocket or plopped into a toilet. "As smart phones continue to improve, they become more tightly integrated into our busy lives, leaving them vulnerable to accidents around the clock," says Ty Shay, CMO at SquareTrade, a provider of technology protection plans. "We were astonished at how many people drop their phones into the toilet and how frequently an innocuous drop from the hand actually killed the device. We look forward to seeing what the new iPhone 5 users report with regard to durability." More than 2,000 iPhone users took part in this research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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