DAMAGING YOUR SMARTPHONE IN MALAYSIA
and Malaysia has one of the highest smartphone penetration rates in the world, with 10 million users having access to one. What we probably shouldn’t be too proud about, however, is how badly we treat our mobile devices – whether on purpose, or by accident. A recent survey by OtterBox sheds light on this.
On average, Malaysians spend RM500 on smartphone repair. You would think that the smart choice for mitigating expensive repair costs is to spend a little on a durable smartphone casing - until you realize that 68% of us actually rather live with our damaged devices than to fix them. Ouch.
One viable excuse on why we spend so much for repairs, and so little on protection, can be linked to smartphone pricing. Smartphones in Malaysia are generally quite expensive – it’s a choice between getting a pricey flagship model off a telco, or to rely on our own devices and official resellers for non-contract phones. When that happens, you’re probably left with a very lean budget for protection. When phone repairs become necessary, we bring the device to an unofficial repair shop, and proceed to get ripped off while in a state of urgency since it’s difficult to function without a fully-functioning phone in our current lifestyle – we are one of the top countries for smartphone penetration, after all.