Our friends over at Mobile Entertainment have run across one of the more bizarre stories of the week.
The insurance firm MobileInsurance.co.uk has provided some interesting insight to the claims they tolerate each day, compiling a list of the strangest phone claims they’ve had over the past year.
Prepare yourself, this goes beyond basic water damage or having it stolen by a sticky-fingered rapscallion…
1. A farmer in Devon claimed his iPhone disappeared into a cow’s back passage when he used the torch during a calving.
2. A lady in her early 40s from Nottingham baked her Nokia 6303i into a Victoria Sponge she’d been making for her daughter’s birthday, suffering a heat of gas mark 5.
3. A lady in her 30s claimed she’d been walking her dog in Wales, when a seagull swooped down and took her Samsung Galaxy from her hand.
4. A woman in her late 20s from Bristol claimed the vibration function on her BlackBerry Bold 9900 phone stopped working while she used it as an adult toy.
5. A 40 year old construction worker said his iPhone 4S had fallen out of his back pocket when he pulled his jeans down before sitting on the toilet. Not realising, he went about his business and flushed the chain.
6. A man in his 30s claimed he’d been filming monkeys from the car window in Longleat Safari Park with his HTC One X when a monkey climbed on the roof and snatched it.
7. A couple re-enacting the "I’m King of the World!" scene from Titanic lost their phone over the side of their cruise ship, whilst trying to take a photo of themselves.
8. A pyrotechnician was setting up a show for the National Fireworks Championships in Plymouth, and having left his iPhone 3GS within the "blast zone", it was nowhere to be found when he returned post-show, having been fired 3,000 feet into the air before exploding.
9. A lady in her 20s from Liverpool admitted she’d thrown her HTC Desire X at her boyfriend, whom she’d discovered was cheating, but it missed him and hit a wall; breaking the handset.
10. Rather than pay £60 for a ticket to see Blur at their sell-out Hyde Park shows, one customer tried to film the event on his iPhone from up a nearby tree – he got a little too excited as the band came on stage though, and dropped his phone onto the ground below.
An additional stat shows 64 per cent of claimants say they’ve walked into an object while texting.
John Lamerton, MD, MobileInsurance.co.uk, said: "I must say, we tend to see a lot of weird and wonderful claims coming in from customers, but these 10 had to be the most bizarre.
??"I’m not sure how some of them even came about, particularly in the case of the farmer and the cow."