Americans have spent $5.9 billion on iPhone repairs since it was launched

Americans have spent $5.9 billion on iPhone repairs since it was launched
Since the first iPhone was released in 2007, Apple has sold a lot of smartphones. Like, a lot of smartphones – well over 100 million of them have been shipped worldwide. Yet at the same time, many of those iPhones have suffered from some kind of damage, and owners have surely spend money on trying to fix their damaged handsets. In fact, SquareTrade estimates that over $5.9 billion have been spent on iPhone repairs for the past 5 years or so.

The company's study shows that it is ten times more likely for one to break their iPhone, rather than to have it stolen or misplaced. Accidental drops are most common reason for broken iPhones, yet liquid damage is also a scenario many users have to deal with. As a results, Americans spend a lot more money on iPhone repairs than they spend on contraceptives for example.   

Want to learn more about the fascinating world of damaged iPhones? Then feel free to check out this neat infographic by SquareTrade, where more interesting facts have been outlined. What is the one that surprises you the most?

source: SquareTrade via 9to5Mac

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1. Scyllax unregistered

Apple: Exactly!

10. naga.appani

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 26, 2011


11. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011


2. rav405 unregistered

This figure would be less when it comes to Nokia....

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The Nokia info graphic would actually be about all the other things its phones break.

32. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Nokia repairs = $0 ...not worth fixing ;)

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

wonder how much other phones bet its less because then there bosses at apple would get angry if they posted it

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This is no surprise as they are extremely fragile,plus prone to going faulty after the short one year warranty is up,meaning its expensive all round. I wonder what the figures would be if they factored in the figures also of people who have faulty or out of 1 yr warranty iphones who simply buy the 'new' generation iphone available to them instead of paying for a repair,the figure would rise even further dramatically and alot of apples sources for its sales figures sources would be shown.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Just the iFacts, Sir. Can uSay iBreak?

33. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

sorry to break it to you (no pun intended) but its not so much the fact that it can break, but rather that people are willing to have it repaired. Where as a blackberry would've been tossed in the garbage (probably how it broke to begin with) btw your iHumor is iHilarious #iSarcasm

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wow dro. Do u ever have anything good/nice to say about apple lol?

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The u know who users r gonna have a field day with this article.

6. wendygarett unregistered

No wonder apple stock price hits 700...

9. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

lol you are the most puzzling character I've ever seen on PA :)

28. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I agree...iLover falling into Android community tempted by Windows. And yet, still thinks of Symbian!!!

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Apple is running a great racket - bad for consumers (although, cheaper than insurance), and great for APPLE. Perhaps if the phones did not crack so easily....

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Husband yells to his wife, "Honey, please come and help me find my iPhone. I found the 'i' but i can't find the phone." :D

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


26. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011


12. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

5 billion for shipment of 100 million is just $50/phone sold. man apple must be badly disppointed .. what's $50/phone additional revenue when small thing like Lightening sells for $30 :D

20. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

It is actually closer to 6 billion and from the title it is only from Americans. I am sure the rest of the world has spent some money on repairs. The 100 million sold is from global sales and the 5.9 billion doesn't appear to include the rest of the world.

13. Aeires unregistered

This is why all the comments about plastic phones are shallow, glass is far more likely to suffer damage. As much as it looks great, it just doesn't cut it when there's that much on a phone.

22. Droiddoes unregistered

This, by god THIS!

21. kunal2609

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

R you considering that the amount of iPhones sold also outnumber android phones??!

31. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Not to mention that most android phones are not worth repairing lol

23. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Ooh no here also apple leading the chart............ :( After making many of it's developers millionaire, now apple is also making many of it's technicians millionaire......... Now if any other manufacturer makes more breakable phone then all are also gonna be 'isued'..........

24. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

thank you apple, I love my iphone repair job :)

27. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

So bad for iphone users... They already spent considerable amount of money in buying iphone, repairing it gives another burden. So sad still many buy a "premium phone". I hope this article will stop ifans from criticizing android cheap builds, but still few of them will not stop coz their minds has been "hypnotized" by a rotten fruit. LOL

29. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Congrats to ifans for making apple billionaire and technicians as well. You have new iphone, how much do you think it will add to $5.9 Billion? I'm glad i owned galaxy phone, it's cheap and plasctic made, no need to spend billion dollars for repair. LOL again....

35. CheerfulCharlie

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

So, THAT is what the politicians meant when they said that the new iphone would add billions to the economy! Epic fail.

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