Perth residents’ bill worth $400 million to repair broken cell phone
A bill worth up to $400,000 was raised by Perth residents on Thursday to repair a broken phone battery.
The $400 bill is an increase on the $260 that was raised to replace a phone that was left on in a Perth home.
The new bill comes after a recent Perth report revealed that up to 4,000 Perth households were left with broken phones, including 1,400 in the capital.
The report, commissioned by the Department of Transport, shows the city has about 4,200 broken phones.
“We can’t even start repairing phones, we’re in the process of finding them and replacing them,” a spokeswoman for the Department said.
“There are more than 2,000 phones in our network.
We need to get them out of the system.”
The Perth report found that the average cost to repair an iPhone was $6,600.
“This represents an additional $40,000 to the average Perth homeowner’s monthly bill,” it said.
Police have confirmed that the number of phones that were stolen was around 300 in the past two years.
A spokeswoman for Police Victoria said that it was aware of a number of complaints about broken phones in the city.
“The most recent incident was in April, where the victim suffered an injury after a thief smashed his phone into a window, leaving it dangling,” she said.
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