Do you use your mobile phone while on the toilet or in bathroom
Dropping your mobile down the toilet is one of the top gadget insurance claims. Do you use your phone while on the loo? If so, you're not alone. We spoke to two of the UK's top gadget insurers to find out if there was any truth behind the widely-held belief that dropping a mobile phone down the toilet is a common insurance claim. It turns out there is. Mobile phone insurer Budget Mobile Cover says accidental damage makes up 55 per cent of their claims. Water damage makes up a quarter of these accidental damage claims.

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Water damage

"Around half of our water damage claims are from people admitting to dropping their phone down the toilet," says Richard Waters, managing director of Budget Mobile Cover. "I am always amazed at the situations people get themselves into. "Some admit using it on the toilet, others tell us their phone has simply slipped from their hands and flown across the bathroom." "Others say it has fallen in the bath. Whichever way you look at it, that's a lot of people taking their phones to the bathroom with them." Specialist gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble, says accidental damage makes up 62 per cent of all claims it receives for mobile phones, of which 23 per cent are caused by liquid damage.


Bathroom behaviour

Director Stephen Ebbett says: "You wouldn't believe the amount of people who tell us they have dropped them in the toilet, sink or bath. "And we all know that water and technology aren't compatible. "Drinks are also a huge problem for haphazard mobile users. "As well as spillages, we've seen hundreds of people dropping phones into pint glasses, as well as bottles of drink leaking in handbags and wiping out gadgets. "Heavy rain showers are also to blame for the premature end of many customers' mobile phones."


Do you use your phone on the loo?

So who is using their phone while on the toilet? Well, a straw poll of the marketing team here at reveals that a whopping 75 per cent admit to using their phone while on the toilet. One employee, a 25-year-old male who shall remain unnamed, provided some insight into his mobile phone habits. He says: "I like to take a long time in the bathroom so having my smartphone helps. I use it for entertainment reasons mainly.

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