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Cell Phone Insurance Sold by Bell Mobility

Every time that I buy something from Future Shop or Best Buy, the sales associate tries to get me to buy their purchase protection plan. Sure, my newly acquired Guitar Hero World Tour comes with a factory warranty, but it can be a pain going through that shipping process if something goes awry.

Interestingly, we are largely not offered the same kind of protection when we invest in a new cell phone. Bell Mobility is changing that with the introduction of Smart/Phone Care. In effect, Bell is the first cellular carrier to offer phone insurance.

This insurance, which you pay on a monthly basis, covers you against unforeseen damage and defects. The $7/month Premium plan covers defective parts, normal wear and tear, accidental damage, loss, and theft. The $4/month Plus plan only covers defects due to parts and workmanship.

Oh, and before you try and score a bunch of free phones, note that there is a $50 replacement charge for a regular handset and $150 replacement fee for smartphones. Considering how much you pay over the course of a three-year contract, plus the replacement charge, this phone insurance doesn’t seem worth it to me.

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  • Jonathan

    you may be surprised. I bought a galaxy several months back, and was in a car accident 2 months after I got the phone and my screen was ruptured. They not only replaced my phone but didnt have my model in stock so they gave me the s2. Definitely worth that $150.

  • http://www.toughcell.com/ phone insurance

    It is indeed true that though it is not a common practice to invest in cell phone insurance, nonetheless it is a smart idea to get one.

  • Christopher Jones

    As a aveage consumer with 3 kids and a accident prone wife i see the value offered in this plan, sure you could buy a new phone for what you pay out in insurance in 3 years BUT can the average person replace that nice touch screen phone out of pocket on a moments notice when little jill/john has just flushed it? In my experience not easily. The deductable is reasonable and competitive for the industry, and allows you to replace the phone up to two times if neccessary(second claim = second deductable)