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Monday, 19 August 2013 10:39

10% of phones end up in the toilet

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Putting your phone in rice is apparently not a great solution Putting your phone in rice is apparently not a great solution Flickr

Liquid damage to mobile phones is at an all time high, with almost 10% of Australians admitting to dropping their mobile phones down the toilet.

Research conducted by global manufacturer Hydrosorbent Dehumidifiers shows women aged between 30-49 are the greatest offenders when it comes to losing their phone down the loo, with 11% of Gen X females at fault.

More than 1000 Australians were surveyed about water damage to their mobile, with spilt liquids, rainwater and dropping phones into drinks and toilets among the leading threats.

The research showed almost seven out of 10 Australians think they would need to replace their mobile phone if it was damaged by liquid.

Of those, 40% of people admitted to not knowing what action to take if their phone became wet.

As we reported back in May, Samsung owners were more susceptible to damaging their phones than careful iPhone owners.

Hydrosorbent general manager Diana Williams said people needed to be better informed when it comes to phone water damage.

“Mobile phones are such an integral part of our lives for both business and personal use, and clearly liquids are among the biggest threats to their function," she said.

“No one can afford to lose the use of their mobiles – their contacts, photos, data and ability to communicate by phone, text or email – but surprisingly, most people don’t know what to do if their mobile is damaged. ‘’

More stats that came out of the research:

• 68% think they need to replace their phone if it is damaged by liquid.

• 48% worry about getting their mobile wet.

• 40% don’t know what to do if their mobile gets wet.

• 11% Gen X dropped their phones in the toilet (10% women v 5% men)

• 40% Gen Y have spilt or dropped their phone in a drink.

• 6% Baby Boomers have left their phones in the rain.

Hydrosorbent said that it has addressed this problem by creating the iRescue Kit, described as "the only rechargeable mobile phone drying kit on the international market", available online at www.wetphonesaver.com.au for $17.95.

“There have been many myths about how to handle water damage but the reality is none have proven to be a timely, safe and effective solution,’’ Williams said.

“We have a 95% success rate when the kit’s instructions are followed.”

“The most important thing is for all Australians to have one in the house or office so you can take immediate action. They are an essential – like a first aid kit for your phone.”

Williams also said putting your phone in rice to dry it out was a "myth", as "rice sitting in your pantry has already reached its maximum absorption and is therefore not a reliable solution."

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