Beer responsible for over 11% of broken mobile phones, poll finds
A survey conducted by the second-hand mobile phone retailer CertiDeal has shed light on the frequency with which liquid damage spells the end for our devices.
Have you ever had to get a new mobile phone because you spilled liquid on it and it couldn’t be repaired? It happens to a lot of people.
Although many phones now come with an IP (Ingress Protection) rating that means they are resistant to being sprayed, splashed or even fully submerged in water for a number of minutes, it’s fair to say moisture and electronic devices still don’t mix.
A quarter of survey respondents say phone broken by liquid damage
According to a poll carried out by CertiDeal, in which the second-hand mobile phone retailer asked consumers about their reasons for purchasing a new device, a broken phone is the chief reason: 65% said their previous handset was out of action.
And when it comes to why that mobile phone was broken, the survey - published by the news agency Europa Press - found that 25% of all its respondents had had to do away with their old phone because of liquid damage.
Beer involved in over one in ten phone-breaking accidents
What type of liquid, and how did the accident take place? According to CertiDeal’s poll, the breakdown of moisture-related mishaps reported by its customers is as follows:
(NB: The percentages given are proportionate to all types of mobile-phone breakages, not only those involving liquids.)