Break­ing phones a costly hang- up

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

SMASHED your smart­phone? You’re not alone.

Aus­tralians break more than 1300 smart­phones ev­ery day and have splashed out more than $ 755 mil­lion to re­place bro­ken and lost hand­sets in the last five years, new re­search into the costly care­less­ness re­vealed to­day.

As many as one in 10 Aus­tralians have bro­ken a phone be­yond re­pair — do­ing more than just smash­ing the screen — and Mil­len­ni­als are by far the big­gest of­fend­ers. The study of 2005 Aus­tralians found 26 per cent of Mil­len­ni­als had lost or ir­repara­bly dam­aged their mo­bile phone since 2012, com­pared to just 8 per cent of Baby Boomers, and 17 per cent from the marginally more re­spon­si­ble Gen­er­a­tion X.

More Aus­tralians de­stroyed their smart­phone than those who merely lost it, the study found, and Fin­der. com. au tech­nol­ogy ex­pert Alex Kid­man said those phone users prob­a­bly un­der­es­ti­mated how much the de­vices would cost to re­place un­til it was too late.

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