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  • Buying a New iPhone? Don't Forget the "Insurance"



    These days it's possible to insure just about anything. So it probably makes sense that the iPhone now joins the long list of insurable objects that, for a fee, can be "protected" with a comprehensive insurance policy. In case you're wondering, no, this program isn't a little known weird provision of healthcare reform. Instead, AT&T is behind the new insurance plan for iPhones aptly dubbed "Mobile Protect."

    BGR is reporting this weekend that AT&T is hoping you will opt to insure your new 4th generation iPhone for $13.99 per month. If you think this is another rumor, think again. "Mobile Protect," in fact, rolled out yesterday - another sign that the new iPhone will be available within a month. You see, "Mobile Protect" requires you to enroll in the plan within 30-days of purchasing a new iPhone.

    Chances are, within the next month or so, there will be lots and lots of new iPhone purchases. And AT&T is all over the potential buyer market for this program like white on rice. AT&T is even hyping the insurance program with the tag line: “Lack of iPhone insurance is a leading source of iPhone related customer complaints.”

    While it isn't yet clear how iPhone owners will respond to the availability of the insurance program, so far many who have heard about it are not only balking at the $13.99 monthly fee, they're also a bit displeased with the deductible scale, which runs between $99 to $199 depending on your model of iPhone insured.

    So... anyone planning to insure their new - or current - iPhone?

    image via BGR
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Buying a New iPhone? Don't Forget the "Insurance" started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Will it insure a jbed iPhone?
    1. kodakon's Avatar
      kodakon -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Will it insure a jbed iPhone?
      Yes they will
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      This is better....its a repost I think, but just a reminder that the new insurance plan they're rolling out, sucks already!

      iPhone Insurance. iPhone insurance coverage & Premium | Worth Ave. Group

      PS: And is you're jailbroken with this insurance...no problem, just smash it with a hammer before sending it off to them and then there's no way for them to know it was jailbroken..
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      if it was 5 bucks a month i would definitely do it but 15 a month no freaking way

      sorry meant 14 a month still too much to me
    1. gbarielmoreno's Avatar
      gbarielmoreno -
      Farmers insurance insures the iPhone for 50 bucks a year
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      no thanks
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      My bank just wrote to me telling me that the mobile phone insurance that they provide free with my account has just been upgraded to include the iPhone and other Smartphones but only up to £450 and only 4 phones per household.
    1. bedwa's Avatar
      bedwa -
      Quote Originally Posted by reggie6801 View Post
      I won't be getting this insurance, just another way for AT&T to rip people off. There's no way getting this insurance will be beneficial ton the majority of people with iPhones.
      If you read the information over at BGR, it's through the App Store, from Asurion (the company that does handset insurance for AT&T, VZ and many other carriers).

      That and I completely believe that the quote of unhappiness with lack of ins is a completely viable statement. I work in said customer care as a fact. It's never easy dealing with someone who wants an iPhone and doesn't like that their existing 4.99 insurance won't carry over. I always tell people to talk with their homeowners and car ins companies, I know that State Farm in this area insures for about $3.90 per mo, $0 deductible, you just have to go and purchase the phone replacement first. So, they are out there, you just have to look for them.

      From personal option, (again: MY personal option, nobody else's) I do agree that the cost and deductible are alittle too much, but for those who don't know any better or don't have any other options, it's better than nothing.....
    1. bbgt2's Avatar
      bbgt2 -
      Yet again another rip off from AT&T. They should change their name to "Dewey, Fockyou & Howe
      $13.99 per month with $199 deductable WOW ! Anybody here buys it send me a PM i got some oceanfront property in Illinois to sell you.
    1. 01grander's Avatar
      01grander -
      Not worth it in the slightest.