The article has caveats and limitations, which is understandable, given that the source is a specific warranty / repair company, and that claims and reports made directly to the manufacturer / supplier are not included. However, in the case of FP, who are the sole supplier and contact point for phones, this would not be an issue. In the principles of transparency and openness, it would be interesting to see the actual failure / defect rates for the 58000 FPs produced.
How are the defective unit data collated and assessed by FP? Can the unit’s S/N be traced to the date of manufacture? Is there a higher incidence of defects on a specific date? Are there specific defect types and failure modes more prevalent than others? Does FP have access to the batch manufacturing records?
I will say that I have had to revert to my almost 5 year old HTC Desire and my 8 year old Sony Ericsson K750i, which, despite being out of date, they are still fit for the original purpose they were built for and have never failed me.