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Mobile Phone Darwin Awards honour tragic ex-smartphones

Mobile Phone Darwin Awards honour tragic ex-smartphones

30 April 2012

Death by fire, urinal and dog...horrific tales of smartphone demise

A smartphone version of the Darwin Awards, which honours the most ridiculous ways people have departed this world, has been set up by consumer electronic warranty gurus SquareTrade. Some of the stories are wince-worthy, while others have you wondering just how humanity has made it this far.

Toilet trouble is a massive cause of premature phone death, so it's not surprising to hear of users dropping their mobile in a urinal. Dropping your phone in a fire is more worrying, however. If you're of a sensitive disposition, the photo at the bottom of the page will turn your stomach.

Other luckless handsets ended up shredded by lawnmowers, plummeting from wind turbines, or even dunked into a cup of coffee when the owner mistook it for a biscuit. We'd have lied and said the dog ate it, which is what happened to another unfortunate owner. The phone emerged again a week later, but apparently doggy guts aren't the most hospitable environment for your mobile.

You can read more horrific stories of phone abuse on SquareTrade's Facebook page. And while you're over there, don't forget to Like your great mates at Mobile Choice, to get the latest phone news first.

And do not forget that you can KEEP your existing mobile phone number if you decide to switch mobile phone operators. All you need is your PAC code. Use our handy tool on to obtain your PAC code.



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What is a PAC code?

A porting authorisation code, or PAC code, allows you to transfer your existing mobile phone number from to another mobile phone provider so that if you change mobile phone networks you do not have to give everyone a new number... You can keep your existing mobile phone number. The process is termed mobile number portability, or number porting. It's quick, FREE and very easy to do - follow the instructions here for full details on how to port your mobile phone number to a new network provider.

NOTE: You can purchase your new phone contract and then obtain your PAC code. It is not essential to have your PAC code prior to purchasing your new phone. However, you will need your PAC code if you want to keep your existing phone number (i.e. transfer your current number to your new provider). Use our handy tool above to obtain your PAC code.

PAC codes are FREE.

To keep your mobile phone number when switching to another mobile phone network, use our handy tool to obtain your PAC code. Just select your current and new phone provider click OK and you'll receive full instructions for obtaining your PAC code.