SquareTrade has released a new study that shows damaged iPhones have cost Americans $5.9 billion since their introduction in 2007.
Surveying more than 2,000 iPhone users, the sum combines the cost of repairs, replacements and insurance deductibles for cracked, dropped, pummeled, kicked, and water-damaged iPhones. The study also found that in the last 12 months alone, 30% of iPhone users damaged their device.
As iPhones become an increasingly central part of our daily lives, accidental damage is 10 times more common than loss or theft. The study also shows that younger consumers are clumsiest with their iPhones: one in two iPhone owners under 35 have had an accident.
The top five iPhone accident scenarios according to the study are:
1. Phone dropped from my hand
2. Phone fell into a toilet, a swimming pool or a lake
3. Phone dropped from lap
4. Phone knocked off a table
5. Phone drenched by some liquid
Have you ever damaged your iPhone? If you had it repaired, how much did it cost?