'A gamekeeper shot my phone': the strangest gadget stories revealed

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Sh*t My Kids Ruined

We've all heard the classic "my dog ate my homework" excuse but has anyone ever told you that their dog ate their phone?

Gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble has revealed some of the strangest ways gadget owners have seen their mobile phones broken or lost - some so bizarre you might not even believe them.

Strangest gadget stories revealed

Strangest gadget stories revealed


The survey also revealed that more than one in six (16%) Brits are currently making do with broken phones - including those that have been scratched or dented, have signal problems or broken screens.

Gone are the days of the bionic Nokia 3310, a phone that could withstand any degree of hardship.

The most common claim dealt with by Protect Your Bubble in 2013 was for accidental damage to mobiles – ranging from cracked screens to faulty charger connections – with 66% of all gadget claims due to damage. Almost one in ten (9%) claims last year were for liquid damage.

So if you have ever dropped your phone down the toilet, don't beat yourself up - you're not the only clumsy gadget owner out there.

We're a nation of absent-minded gadget owners, with loss constituting almost a fifth (19%) of all claims in 2013, while 11% of gadgets were stolen.

Stephen Ebbett, global director of gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble, comments: "It's no coincidence that many of the stories which have emerged concerning the untimely death of our gadgets involve minors and dogs. It appears that technology, young children and animals don't mix. There are also plenty of phones that have drowned - be it in the sea, a pot of paint, a cup of tea or a dog's water bowl.

"Accidental damage, including liquid damage, is the reason most cited by our customers when they have to claim. You'd be amazed how many mobiles fall out of people's pockets and into toilets. Given how easily mobiles and tablets are broken, and how reliant on them we are, getting good insurance that will repair or replace damaged gadgets is well worth considering. No one wants to fork out for a £500 replacement smartphone if it's broken beyond repair."

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