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Monday 24 July 2017

Smartphone users would 'rather lose their wallet'

Peter Flanagan New Technology Correspondent

THE vast majority of smartphone users say they would rather lose their wallet than their phone, according to a new survey.

In a sign of the times in Ireland, the report, from insurance firm MobileCover, found that 70pc of people who used a smartphone, such as an iPhone or Blackberry, believe that losing their mobile would be worse than misplacing their wallet.

Nearly 40pc of those surveyed have either lost a smartphone or had one stolen from them.

Perhaps not surprisingly, most Irish people lose their phones in bars and nightclubs, while a fifth of phones go missing when a person is commuting.

Despite the high rate of loss and theft, barely a third of users have some sort of security or tracking application for their device, say MobileCover.

The survey is timely, as Christmas – traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for upgrades – approaches. About a fifth of respondents will change their phone this month, and are most likely to go for a Samsung phone.

That brand is the most popular here now, with a 37pc share of the Irish market. Apple's iPhone has about a quarter of the market, followed by Nokia and HTC.

Irish Independent

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