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iPhone fixes, states research, cost $6 billion since 2007
xyrusT   9/2/2013 12:24:52 AM
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A recent study suggests that $5.9 billion has perhaps been spent on iPhone repairs since the original was released in 2007. The phones are extremely stylish, but are considered to be fragile and somewhat of a fussbudget, as well as costly to fix. Resource for this article:
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Too much money necessary for fixes


Crack open the business or technology portion of most any major newspaper or magazine and typically there will be a new weekly heap of praise for Apple and the iPhone and/or the iPad. It's only going to get a whole lot worse when the iPhone5 comes out, which is going to take the brown-nosing to disgusting new lows. The obsequiousness of the press knows no boundaries for some time, but perhaps they might want to slow it down a bit.
Something that might give an individual pause is the cost of iPhone repairs. According to Time magazine, SquareTrade estimates that $5.9 billion has been used on iPhone repairs since the thing came out in 2007.

Clumsy owners probably trigger


The survey showed that 30 percent of owners damaged their phone in the last year, according to Businessweek. It also showed that 11 percent damaged their phones with a cracked screen while 6 percent keep their phones together with tape, according to Time. About 2,000 iPhone customers were surveyed to get all the information by SquareTrade.


The most common way a phone would get damaged would be when someone accidently dropped it in water in some way or accidently dropped it. You need a short term loan to be able to cover replacing a screen though since it can cost over $150 to do. It was 10 times much more likely that a phone would be damaged in an accident than stolen or lost, and most of the damage was self-inflicted.


The case is made of aluminum on the iPhone 5, and the screen only has one pane of glass instead of 2. That may be a big advantage.

Google mobile phones not cheaper


The approximated cost of iPhone repairs might seem a reason for Android owners to rub it in, but switching to a phone with Google's OS won't save you. According to Wired, a survey last year by WDS, a wireless services business, found that Android owners were far more likely to call into repair and customer services centers than iPhone owners.


About 11 percent of calls for iPhone had to do with hardware while 14 percent of Android phone calls were about hardware in the phone. Telecom corporations pay $2 billion a year to field complaints and problems with Android phones. The Blackberry and Windows Mobile phones did not break down as often though.


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Time


Wired



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