Over a quarter of UK mobile users have cracked their phone screen, and nearly a third of these learn to live with the damage rather than get it repaired, according to research by Envirofone.
The phone recycler spoke to 4,170 adults in the UK and also discovered that over one in five had over 12 months left on their contract when their phone received the damage.
Commenting on the research, Richard Mavers, director of group marketing and online strategy at Envirofone, said: ‘The fact that so many of us choose to put up with a smashed phone screen for so long suggests that not enough people know the options out there for getting a new handset.
‘To fix a cracked smartphone screen can cost around £150, but many people will be able to trade in their broken handset and get a replacement before their contract ends, often for much less than that.’
Envirofone also revealed the five cities from which they receive the most screen broken handsets, with butterfingered Brummies topping the list, followed by Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester and Nottingham.