Mobiles should live for 3 years

That is the prognosis from Swedish-Japanese manufacturer, Sony Ericsson, which was called as a witness in a court case on the issue in Oslo.

It all started when a Nokia phone died after two years and three months and the Finnish company told its distraught Norwegian owner that it was too old to be replaced. There are now calls for guarantees to be reduced to two years.

Representatives from Nokia and Sony Ericsson both told the court that mobiles are subject to a lot more wear and tear these days, and it means they do not last as long as many would like.

The court case is continuing.