Apple's iPhone is among the smartphones referred to in the report.
By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 20 May 2008
Those thinking about getting a smartphone to play their mobile media may want to think again, according to a new report by online warranty company SquareTrade.
Smartphones are 50% more likely than regular cell phones to have problems and fail, the report says. Phones like BlackBerrys, Treos and iPhones not only cost a lot more than regular cell phones and have higher service charges, but they also fail at a higher rate than regular cell phone.
“SquareTrade's findings indicate an additional hidden cost: 1 in 3 smartphones malfunction within the first three years, compared to about 1 in 5 basic cell phones within the same amount of time,” the report said. “Smartphones … are bedeviled by precisely what makes you buy them: features. The added complexity of Bluetooth connectivity, touch pads, full keyboards and big hard drives means that more things can, and will, fail.”