A giffgaff survey recently found that less than 1 in 4 students have any mobile phone insurance. Not only that, but 17% of female students had suffered a smashed screen and not had it repaired for over a year.
As we head towards a new term, it’s shocking to find that almost half of the girls surveyed kept using their smashed gadgets for over three months. Samsung and iPhone handsets were the popular, but – despite the modern smartphone becoming an essential part of modern life – they’re still getting broken with alarming regularity.
What’s perhaps more surprising is that many people are prepared to continue using broken tech, but another study of 1,000 adults found that people are more embarrassed to use older phones. Some 63% of respondents would be embarrassed if their peers saw them using a handset that was more than a couple of years old, and this would impact their decision to upgrade more than their desire to have new features.
So, even if you’ve got a smartphone which has a perfect screen and meets your needs, there seems to be a desire to upgrade so that you can keep up with your mates. Once you’ve done that though, a broken screen can prove so expensive that many continue to use their shiny, new, broken phone for longer.
Whilst many aren’t too concerned with insuring their phones at home, when you go on holiday this summer you’ll be more at risk, so do consider some Gadget Travel Insurance when you go away. If you’re like me, you’ll end up using your phone as a main camera, so it ends up being used precariously close to a swimming pool or around the sandy beaches.