Brits Drop 850,000 Phones Down the Toilet – Each Year

If you’ve ever found yourself trying to fish your mobile out of the toilet, you’re not alone. A staggering 855,000 handsets are flushed away every year in the UK – that’s roughly £342 million we’re ‘loo’sing. Research by SimplySwitch, the price comparison and switching service, found 4.5m handsets are lost or damaged every year.

Common catastrophes include leaving mobiles in the pub (810,000 handsets) in a taxi (315,000) or on a bus (225,000). More bizarrely, dogs chewed their way through 58,500 handsets last year and 116,000 went through a spin cycle with the dirty laundry.

The research found that over a quarter of mobile owners had lost or damaged a handset, with men more prone to carelessness than women. 28 per cent of men admitted to breaking or losing their phone compared to 26 per cent of women.


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