According to Supercover Insurance, iPhone insurance claims rise by 50% during the month a new model arrives, and four out of ten of those claims are 'suspicious'.
These figures come from a report by Super cover whose Director, Carmi Korine, notes: "The issue appears to be that most iPhone owners can only go for so long realising that they're a generation behind the latest must-have spec before they resort to extreme measures."
Unfortunately for wannabe early adopters, the false damage claims seem to be generally fairly easy to identify.
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"iPhones, like most mobile phones, are actually very difficult to damage," says Supercover. Dodgy claimants apparently tend to go a bit overboard, with some phones having been hit by at least six hammer blows.
Overly keen hammer/iPhone owners tend to then provide a handset in far worse condition than it should be even for "being driver over by a car or dropped from a tall building".
Obviously, the lesson Supercover want to get across here is not to take a hammer to your phone when your washing machine would probably do a much more thorough job.
About a quarter of these suspicious claims are turned away by Supercover, so anybody considering it for the inevitable iPhone 4G launch should probably consider whether the chance of a free upgrade is worth the risk of no phone at all.
Well, that, and the whole pesky 'morals' thing.
Via Sky News