While “Bendgate” scandals are a thing of the past, cracking both the screen and rear cover of most high-end handsets out there right now is as simple as dropping them on the floor or pavement.
Scratched screens and nonworking batteries followed closely as the second and third most frequent types of damage, with touchscreen issues and chipped corners/sides tied at 16 percent in fourth place.
By far the most staggering stat shared by SquareTrade is the number of phone screens broken last year in the US alone, leading to a grand total of $3.4 billion in replacement costs. Believe it or not, more than 50 million screens were purportedly cracked in just 12 months. Yup, nearly two every second. 5,761 an hour.
That’s beyond crazy, but what may not surprise you as much is that 38 percent of smartphone owners with a cracked screen never get them fixed. Most people prefer to hang on to their devices as long as they’re functional (at least in part), often upgrading to a new phone when the damage gets bad rather than paying an arm and a leg for a screen replacement.