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The sticky fate of the smartphone: top five mobile blunders

Phone deaths caused by wind turbines and urinals announced in SquareTrade’s first annual mobile phone Darwin Awards

London, 27 April – Consumer electronics warranty provider, SquareTrade, has announced the results of its own version of the infamous Darwin Awards to honour the most unusual ways owners have destroyed or damaged their smartphones and pay tribute to those phones who are no longer with us. SquareTrade asked owners to post on Facebook some of their best phone demise stories. The results included phone death by wind turbine and falling into urinals.

Here are SquareTrade’s top five:

  1. Not-so-spontaneous smartphone combustion: in first place, a man who dropped his phone into the fire while playing about with a fireplace. Sadly a fire blanket and resuscitation were not enough to save the phone

  2. Death-by-turbine: for reasons unknown, the owner drops his phone 200ft from the top of a wind turbine. It was pronounced dead at the scene

  3. Male mishaps: user lost concentration while busy with his phone with one hand at a urinal. The other hand didn’t catch it 

  4. The Texas lawnmower massacre: in this case the phone dropped from the owner’s pocket whilst maintaining his lawn and herb garden, only to meet its fate with a Flymo

  5. Dangerous dog act: phone mauled and digested by Rover along with a throw blanket. It then exited through the opposite end a week later, in cheetah print strips.

The Darwin Awards are granted to those who have died in extraordinarily unfortunate circumstances. Entries into SquareTrade’s Mobile Phone Darwin Awards ranged from damage caused by common road accidents, such as phones being run over, to washing machine related incidents to the more bizarre incidents like mistakenly dunking it into coffee.     

“Our Darwin Awards are of course a bit of fun, but underneath there is that clear message that these devices are highly susceptible to damage and this extends so much further than the classic drops and spills,” said Vince Tseng, managing director of SquareTrade UK.

“Clearly mobile devices are increasingly central to our day-to-day lives, with Gartner quoting total smartphone sales in 2011 having reached 472 million units. If we’re exposing them to every activity we do, then we need to be prepared for the repercussions such as accidental damage…or rogue lawnmowers.”

SquareTrade is inviting phone owners to top their list by posting their own phone stories and photos on SquareTrade’s Facebook page.

About SquareTrade
Founded in 1999, SquareTrade offers warranties that make sense, with fair prices, no-pressure sales, and no-hassle service. The company boasts millions of customers who have consistently rated the warranty service 5-star reviews. SquareTrade was named one of PC Magazine's Top 100 Websites of 2010, awarded BizRate's 2010 Circle of Excellence, and is the winner of the 2011 Stevie Award for Sales & Customer Service, and the 3rd Annual 2011 Golden Bridge Awards for Best Customer Service. SquareTrade is privately held and headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, go to www.SquareTrade.co.uk

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