With all of the (continual) hype surrounding the release of the Galaxy S III, it’s totally understandable if you’ve gotten on the bandwagon and purchased yourself a smartphone. And, being that it’s not the cheapest cell phone in the world, it’s also understandable why you may be contemplating if you should get insurance for it. After all, sometimes phones break, get lost or are stolen.
Still, purchasing cell phone insurance in an economy that is still trying to get back to some sense of stability, at the end of the day, is generating another bill. So, when it comes to making the ultimate decision about whether or not you should purchase insurance for your smartphone, here are five main things to consider:
You Probably Won’t Even Need It
When people pay more than a few dollars for something and they use it on a daily basis, they tend to be pretty careful. Although you certainly can’t control someone stealing your phone, has that ever happened before? And unless you have a habit of losing phones, that’s probably not going to happen either. Bottom line here is that if you’ve been fine with your cell phones before, you may be purchasing something that you really don’t need.
You May End Up With A Poor Replacement
If you had the opportunity to speak with consumers who tried to get a replacement phone based on their insurance policy, one thing that you’ll probably hear more than once is that it wasn’t the same quality (or sometimes even the same model) as their original one. Oftentimes people end up with refurbished versions of the phone they once had. That’s not the same thing as a new one.
Your Warranty May Cover The Phone Anyway
It’s a cell phone company’s job to try and “upgrade” their sales; that’s how they make more money. But before they try and make you feel like it’s the most responsible thing on the planet to get your phone insurance, do a bit of investigating to see if there is a manufacturer’s warranty that comes with the phone and how long it lasts. There’s no need to pay for additional coverage that you already have. Also, you might want to double-check with your homeowner’s insurance company as well. Sometimes phones are covered in their policies as well.
You’ll Probably Have To Pay A Deductible
When it comes to mobile insurance, like basically any other kind of insurance (house, car, health), there is a deductible that you’ll usually have to pay in order to get another phone. So, not only are you paying a monthly amount for the insurance policy, but in order to have a new phone, you’ll have to fork over even more dollars. That’s definitely something to think about.
You May Have To Go Through A Bit Of “Drama” To Get Another One
A lot of people don’t read the fine print on contracts. That said, although in your mind you may lose a phone and simply be able to walk into your cell phone company’s store and get a new one, based on their stipulations, you may have to wait a couple of weeks or be sent to another facility to get a new (or another) phone. Insurance is not the “cure all” for your phone issues. Make sure to read the entire contract and ask any questions before signing on the dotted line.
So, do you have insurance for your smart phone?