Hot on HuffPost Tech:

See More Stories
AOL Tech

Brits Drop 885,000 Phones in Toilets Yearly

If there's one thing the British know less about caring for than their teeth, it's their cell phones. A recent study by, a U.K.-based comparison site for mobile plans, found that out of the 4.5 million cell phones Britons lose or damage each year, 885,000 meet a watery death by getting dropped in the toilet. That's £342 million, or roughly $679 million U.S. dollars, flushed down the drain each year.

Surprisingly, incidents such as leaving phones at the pub (810,000) or in a taxi (315,000) were much less common. Unsurprisingly, men were found to be clumsier than women, with 28 percent of male respondents admitting to breaking or losing their handsets compared to 26 percent of women.

And, given the whole sitting down on the toilet thing, it's a fair guess to assume that most, if not all of the phones ruined by toilet water (or worse) were done so at the hands of British men, not women.

From Cellular News

Related Links:

Tags: accident, damage, destroy, malfunction, warranty



Add your comments

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.

When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.

To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.