A survey of 300 retailers in Sweden found that squeezing handsets into snug-fitting pants is the second leading cause of broken phones. Apparently, the phones simply can't handle the pressure, and screens break or covers bend or crack.
To put it in perspective, tight pants break more phones than dogs, children, rain, snow, acts of forgetfulness and throwing phones to the ground in a rage, according to a report on the survey by cell-phone news Web site Cellular News. The site said Siemens conducted the survey.
The No. 1 reason for broken phones, according to the survey, is accidentally dropping them.
The survey, and its surprising results, add another twist to what's turned out to be a year offor mobile-phone users. Especially in the United States, watchdog groups devoted to the safety of consumer products say they've fielded many more reports this year than ever before regarding cell-phone meltdowns that have resulted in injury and property damage.
Defective or counterfeit batteries have caused nearly all of the reported incidents, while others were caused by dropped phones, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.