Tech Tips

Don’t Get Burned by the Summertime Blues

After months of being cooped up for winter, people are eager to get outdoors and active during the summer. With this increase in activity, more phones are damaged than any other time of the year; they accidentally find their way into pools and lakes, they’re dropped at the park, left behind at restaurants or stolen.

In fact, July is the most dangerous month of the year for cellphones, followed closely by June and August. The 4th of July is the second most dangerous holiday for phones, with a nearly 50% spike in claims filed.

Every summer Asurion sees a tremendous spike in the number of claims filed for lost, damage or stolen phones. People are outdoors, active and using their mobile phones to capture the summer enjoyment and stay connected with friends and family.

We recently surveyed consumers to learn a little more about how they use their mobile devices, other than talking and texting. The survey found that 30 percent of people use their phones to take their vacation photos. In addition, 72 percent of people use their device to listen to music while at the pool or beach.

With consumers relying so heavily on their phones to provide entertainment and capture their most precious summer moments, not only will battery life deplete quicker, but their activities will keep them away from a phone charger. A cell phone battery dying has caused 16 percent of people to experience a major travel disruption.

In addition to getting insurance protection on your phone, there are several things you can do to protect your cellphone this summer:

  • Consider getting a waterproof case that will protect your phone if underwater for a short time.
  • Use a good screen protector. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to ward off scratches and cracks.
  • Password-protect your phone. In the event your device is lost or stolen, it will be your first line of defense against identity theft.
  • Back up your phone regularly to ensure your pictures and contacts are safe.

Mobile phone protection purchased through your wireless provider protects the investment customers make in devices against loss, theft or damage, including liquid damage. People don’t usually think about the possibility of their phone taking an accidental dip in the pool, being pummeled by a rogue wave at the beach or being dropped on the trail, but those accidents happen all the time.

Adding protection when they purchase a cellphone provides customers with peace of mind knowing their device is protected no matter where life takes them this summer, while saving them from the high retail cost they could be stuck paying when replacing a phone under contract.