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September 23rd, 2013Repair Services Mushroom for Cracked Smartphones

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by Lorraine Mirabella
CommercialAppeal.com

Some people drop them. Others leave their mobile phone on the roof of the car and drive off. Or they slip the device into a purse or pocket — and miss.

Whatever the cause, smartphones with cracked screens seem to be nearly as common as cellphones themselves. The phenomenon — particularly frequent among the glass-cased iPhones — has prompted repair services to mushroom at mall kiosks, computer shops and college campuses.

Over the course of a year, nearly a third of iPhone users damaged their device, according to the results of a survey released last September by SquareTrade, which sells protection plans for electronics. Owners spent $6 billion in the previous six years to repair or replace phones that had been cracked, dropped, kicked, waterlogged or otherwise damaged.

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