Some 65% of smartphone users avoid getting their devices fixed because of high costs, according to an infographic from SquareTrade.
Smartphone owners accidentally damaged more than 50 million phone screens last year, with repairs totaling $3.4 billion, according to a recent infographic from SquareTrade. The research shows the cost of phone drops, the most common types of smartphone damage, and the vast misconceptions users have about the cost of out-of-pocket repairs.
Some 66% of smartphone owners have broken their phones within the last year, according to the infographic. The most common types of damage included cracked screens (29%), scratched screens (27%), nonfunctioning batteries (22%), touchscreen issues (16%), and chipped corners/sides (16%).
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Most people underestimate the cost of repairing smartphones, especially when the initial price tag of the device is so hefty. The majority (70%) of smartphone owners think a cracked screen repair costs less than $150, when for the new iPhone XS Max, a cracked screen costs $329 to repair, if you don't have AppleCare+. Business professionals with new smartphones are strongly encouraged to purchase cases, to protect both their phones and their wallets.
Check out the full infographic below:
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