Repairing those low-end Androids may cost carriers up to $2 billion21
Android has been taking over the smartphone world for a while now, and a lot of its current 57% market share success is due to affordable handsets that cost as little as $100 or less to produce, and which many carriers are offering at the low-end of their smartphone portfolios.
While this price point sounds very attractive, when you look at a total cost of ownership its a different story... At the moment, Android is a bit of the Wild West."These comprise both of handsets that aren't from a well-established brand, as well as phones from Samsung, LG or other household names. Tim Deluca-Smith, the VP of marketing at WDS, says: "
He clarifies that packing, transporting and repairing such handsets, which have much higher warranty failure rates than high-end Androids, iPhones or BlackBerries, costs carriers 80 pound sterling ($128) on average. With the proliferation of such entry level Android phones, carriers might be on the hook for up to $2 billion globally in repair costs.