Supercover Insurance is alleging that many iPhone owners are deliberately smashing their devices and filing false claims in order to upgrade to the latest model. The gadget insurance company told Sky News Sunday that it saw a 50-percent rise in claims during the month Apple launched the latest version, the iPhone 3GS.
"While most customers take out insurance because they value their iPhone, we started to notice increases in claims as new and upgraded iPhones were launched," said Carmi Korine, director of Supercover Insurance. "For short periods around new model or upgrade launches, claims to replace lost, stolen or damaged iPhones go through the roof."
Korina added that iPhone owners can't seem to wait it out for an upgrade, wanting to stay current by getting the latest model after resorting to "extreme measures." Many damaged models received by the company show at least six blows by a hammer. Korina said that one device was even dropped on the pavement and then run over by a car.
Four in ten of the iPhone claims received by Supercover is deemed "suspicious." Korina said that iPhones are very difficult to damage, making the false claims are actually easy to spot. "Very badly damaged iPhones draw attention because they turn up in a state that even being driven over by a car or dropped from a tall building will fail to achieve," Korina said.
Time for a manual upgrade.