Mobile phone graveyard opens its digital gates
A phone insurance website acting as a 'mobile graveyard' for the public to honour their old handsets and how they met their bitter end has launched.
One recent gravestone on http://www.mobilegraveyard.com reads: 'Here lies a Nokia 3210, which lost its life being thrown from the window of a 1997 Nissan Micra.’ Another reads: 'Here lies a iPhone 3G which lost its life being dropped into a bowl of milk after the user consumed all his Lucky Charms. Safe to say its luck ran out'.
The microsite hopes to highlight the ways in which handsets of today are most commonly broken, and to encourage people to be more careful with their mobile phones.
Last year, parent site www.mobileinsurance.com released a list of the top 10 strangest mobile phone insurance claims. Since then, odd reasons for breakages have continued to be submitted to the site. The team decided to launch a micro-site that would show the handsets that were most recently ‘killed’, their location and their ‘cause of death’.
Mobile phone ‘deaths’ shown on the site include a Samsung Galaxy S II that toppled over the railings during a Caribbean cruise and a Nokia Lumia 900 that was thrown during a lovers’ tiff.
The site also highlights various facts about mobile phone loss, theft and breakages, and includes a counter representing the estimated total cost of mobile phone replacements in the UK in 2013 so far, from loss and theft figures.
A feed on the site also shows visitors the tweets of members of the public who are discussing their phone being lost on Twitter. One section of the site also allows members of the public to submit their own mobile phone woes.
Director Jason Brockman said: “We thought a type of ‘mobile graveyard’ site would be great fun. So often are phones broken beyond repair, often in wacky circumstances, or lost or stolen, that we thought it’d be a shame not to share those reasons with the world.
“This micro-site is somewhere for people to pay their respects to the phones of yesteryear and the present day; whether they met their bitter end by falling into a toilet or by being run over by a lorry. Every handset deserves to have its resting place and now there is one.”