- Don't be a dick
- January 19, 2016
Often money saving websites will tell you to get mobile phone insurance (mostly because they earn a commission from them) however as always we think a bit differently:
Something people seem to forget/ignore about insurance companies is they’re not setup to help people out, they’re setup to make a profit from you.
If instead you stick two fingers up at them and put the money you would spend with them into a dedicated savings account instead then when you don’t break your phone that money you have saved is yours to keep!
If anything does go wrong just use that fund to pay for parts to fix or replace the phone. If you do end up breaking your phone beyond repair use discount secondhand phone replacement websites to get a ‘new’ phone at a heavily reduced price.
HOWEVER: If you’re one of those people that constantly smashes your phone or never knows where they’ve left it then an insurance policy might be for you:
Some bank accounts offer insurance on phones as part of your package, if you’re paying for your banking then most likely this is included.
Generally these bank accounts aren’t worth the money each month so don’t bother signing up to them.
See if you can put it on your home contents insurance, it will most likely be the cheapest option however watch your excess / think about how much it would be for future renewals etc
Most insurance policies will cover your device inside the house however you need to check for ‘accidental damage’ or ‘all risks’ or ‘personal possessions cover’ to cover you outside the house.
Remember most will pay ‘cash’ for the device so when comparing remember to see if they will pay the current market price or the new price.
The amount of people we see who leave their phone unoccupied in coffee shops or walk around with their phones sticking out of their backpockets or loose at the top of their handbags and then they wonder how a theif stole their phone! Grrrr
Setup ‘find my phone’ settings ready in case your phone does get stolen + REALLY IMPORTANT write down your IMEI number & serial number for your phone. Then if the phone does get nicked you can report it stolen and get the phone blocked.
To find your IMEI – Dial *#06# and the number will be displayed on your phones screen.