A new cellphone is an important investment. For most of us, it will serve as our primary communications tool, and even as an entertainment provider, for at least a few years. That means that, like any other investment, it’s important to protect it.
Adding a protection plan for your device is a great way to ensure peace of mind. Just like having insurance on your home or your car, you’re protected against the unexpected: drops, spills, or other accidents that could otherwise leave you with a broken phone and a big repair (or replacement) bill.
Depending on the type of device, Consumer Cellular offers two types of plans. For those who use a flip phone, Android smartphone, or GrandPad tablet, coverage can be added at any time within 30 days of purchase through My Account online or by calling (888) 345-5509. A SquareTrade protection plan starts as low as $2 a month, and covers all manufacturing or mechanical failures that occur after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired.
It’s important to note that a SquareTrade plan only covers accidental damage and malfunctions, not loss or theft. You’re covered for cracked screens, liquid damage, and accidents. All claims include a deductible that ranges from $25 – $99 depending on the price of your phone. Plans include one claim per year. If you need to make a second claim within a 12-month period, it will be allowed, but your plan will end after the second claim. Once your claim is approved, you will be offered a fast, convenient solution that gets you back up and running quickly, including same-day repairs (in most areas), mail-in repair, or having your phone replaced.
iPhone users have 60 days after purchase to add coverage under AppleCare Plus. Every iPhone comes with a standard one-year warranty from Apple and 90 days of tech support. Adding AppleCare Plus extends the warranty for hardware and covers accidental damage for up to two years.
The cost of AppleCare Plus protection varies by device. For the fee, Apple covers up to two incidents of damage, such as a cracked screen, and adds another year of protection for mechanical failures. The plans don’t cover loss or theft. You’ll have to pay a $29 deductible to fix screen damage and $99 for other types of damage, plus tax. Repairs can be done at an Apple store, at an authorized dealer, or by mail.
Don’t let an accident spoil your enjoyment of your new phone! Add a protection plan instead. You can add a protection plan to your new device when checking out on our website, or by calling Customer Service at (888) 345-5509.