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7 Gross and Stupid Things We Would Do For Our Smartphones

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What gross (and probably not-so-smart) things would you do to save your smartphone from destruction?

T-Mobile hired a research firm to conduct a survey and share the silly, stupid and gross results. Here are some of the results according to The Los Angeles Times.


  • 59% of smartphone owners said they would reach into a toilet to retrieve their phone (which is gross but not too dumb as long as you don't get your arm stuck in the toilet and require the jaws of life)
  • 63% would dig through stinky garbage if they couldn't find their phone
  • 25% would fight a thief
  • 17% would venture onto a train track or into a tunnel for their phone
  • 12% would run into traffic if they dropped their phone in the middle of the street
  • 10% would rather leave home without pants than without their phone (Okay, really?)
  • >50% of women said they'd rather leave home without make-up than their smartphone (Eds note: Yeah, okay, not really dumb or gross or insightful. We're guessing >50% of women don't care if they leave the house without make-up anyway.)

The goal of this survey conducted by Kelton Research was to get people to pay for an insurance plan—just in case your phone ends up in a thief's hands, in the middle of a busy street or at the bottom of your toilet bowl (which apparently happens to 1 in 5 phone users).