Damage Diligence: Protecting Your iPhone From Expensive Accidents

Business.com / Technology / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

The iPhone is an important piece of technology for most people nowadays. However, it's very fragile and accidental damage can cost you.

In today's cutting-edge smartphone world, so much of what we do revolves around our mobile devices.

A lot of information flows through them on a daily basis, and it’s paramount to protect your personal information. It is no surprise given the level of sophistication that when things could go wrong and for you, the consumer, this leads to all sorts of problems.

Your iPhone is central to what you do every day, whether you like it or not. Taking the precautions and following some general guidelines as to how to protect it will save you from future headaches. The last thing you do not want to overlook is bypassing an iPhone insurance protection plan.

Why? There is always a possibility it may need a repair and you need a backup plan in the event of a defect or malfunction.

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There are quite a few options out there, so read the fine print carefully before selecting a provider. Most recently, Apple made changes to their AppleCare protection plan policies to include battery replacements.

Apple is now replacing any batteries covered by AppleCare as long as it drops below 80 percent of the original capacity. Apple's support website chronicles these changes and goes into great detail about what is covered under the insurance plan. Prior to implementing their new criteria and policy change Apple would only replace the battery when it dropped to 50 percent original capacity.

There is another component to this policy change for iPhone owners, which does not mean that any previously acquired device falls under the new policy automatically. The International Business Times (IBT) shared that the updated AppleCare is exclusively available for devices purchased after April 10th, 2015. In addition, clients of Apple will need to submit a valid claim to qualify.

There is a segment of the consumer population that is not so inclined to purchasing insurance plans. Those type of buyers tend to be at times technically savvy and have a knack for fixing their devices themselves. If that is the case for you, check out the extensive list from iFixit's website do it yourself (DIY) guide on how to replace parts step-by-step.

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Insights and Statistics About iPhone Accidental Damage

Apple has built around its products and has long been associated with innovation in the eyes of consumers. Nevertheless, when it comes to the repair process and durability of their iPhone, the narrative is actually quite different.

The iPhone is possibly the most prone to damage. Consequently, 76 percent of iPhones collected by EcoATM, phone recycling company, displayed physical damage or electrical damage.

 iPhone Damage

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In the United States, damaged iPhones alone cost Americans approximately $6 billion dating back to 2007.

How common is iPhone damage?

  • 69 percent of iPhone accidents are caused by the owner
  • One half of iPhone users under age of 35 have had accidents with their devices
  • 30 percent of iPhone owners have experienced accidental damage in the past 12 months

When screens are damaged, there is a variety of reasons why they are left as is:

  • 32 percent postpone repair
  • 24 percent uninsured
  • 21 percent cannot afford
  • 19 broken and still usable

Giving all of these numbers,  you must be very careful with the product you buy. Purchasing a protective case is a great way to prevent screen cracks and as far as the wear and tear you need to have some form of insurance.

ProtectYourBubble is an example of an insurance provider that covers the most common damages and gives you the peace of mind you need. Having a formulated a plan that will protect you and the device will save you money, worry and unnecessary stress.

Takeaways

Take care of your device and make sure to have some sort of a warranty or insurance plan. There are exceptions since individuals will be compelled to do things themselves do use the appropriate tools that are specifically utilized and designed to repair iPhones.

On a separate note, the iPhone is not a bad product, even given all of these circumstantial situations when they break down. Practically every industry (retail, finance, marketing, public, telecommunication, etc.) has adopted the device, as have billions of consumers.

Finally, protect your investment, purchase insurance and buy a durable case that prevents the most common damages.  

 

 

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