Here are some of the weird and wonderful ways people are breaking their smartphones

    Vodafone has revealed some of the most bizarre reasons how Australians are losing or breaking their mobile phones. More than 22,000 device accidents have been received by the telco in the last 12 months with beaver bungles and funeral fumbles among some of the strangest reported. 

    Vodafone’s bizarre customer phone mishaps: 

    • Funeral fumble: This unfortunate soul got a one-way connection with the dearly departed when they accidently dropped their phone into an open coffin. 
    • Beaver bungle: A costume party, a beaver tail, and a dramatic fall. One unsuspecting guest’s phone tragically became a casualty in this dance gone wrong. 
    • Mulcher mayhem: During some routine backyard landscaping, a phone took an unexpected dive into a mulcher, meeting a gruesome end. 
    • Crap connection: It’s ok to swipe and wipe, but please don’t flush if you happen to drop that phone.  
    • Concrete catastrophe: A phone found itself in the wrong place at the wrong time – a construction-site pit, filled with three tonnes of concrete.  
    • Monkey mischief: This bananas situation occurred when a mischievous monkey decided to swipe a phone, leaving them no way to phone home. 
    • Dis-engagement: It was supposed to be an engagement to remember, but when they got down on one knee at the jetty to pull out the ring, their phone tumbled into the water. 
    • Slippery when wet: An eager dancer on a boat cruise got a slippery surprise when their phone took an unexpected dip into the depths below. 
    • Toddler take-off: A toddler had taken their parent’s phone and unceremoniously launched it from their bedroom balcony. 
    • Renovation nightmare: A tradie who lost their phone into a wall cavity accidentally sliced the device in two when they tried to cut it out of the tight space. 

    Losing and damaging phones can be expensive business. On average, more than 1,300 smartphones are damaged or lost each day, costing Australians a staggering $755 million over the last five years. 

    Vodafone offer a new Device Care program which allows customers to return a broken phone or get a replacement for a lost one, without ever having to give an embarrassing reason again. 

    We’ve heard more than 22,000 things that can happen to a mobile device– from flushing phones down the toilet, to customers’ cats pushing tablets off the kitchen table. With Vodafone you can join the ranks of proud Australians who laugh in the face of cracked screens, submerged phones, and gravity-defying drop.

    Our new Vodafone Device Care is an affordable way to exchange your device or replace your mobile phone for any reason, whether it is in perfect condition or not. So come try Vodafone Device Care, because we think accidents should be funny, not costly.

    The average cost to repair a smartphone screen is between $100 – $550 with a product-approved technician. Australians can pay a fraction of that cost by signing up with Vodafone Device for $14.99 a month and receive: 

    • Access to unlimited screen replacement on mobile devices with genuine parts for $45. 
    • Exchange tablets in any condition for an equivalent model for $65. Fees are applied if the device is not returned. 
    • Exchange mobile phones in any condition for an equivalent model for $149. Fees are applied if the device is not returned. 
    • Exchange wearables in any condition for an equivalent model for $99. Fees are applied if the device is not returned. 
    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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