December 5th, 2018

Buying a smartphone this holiday? Learn how to protect the device and the data

New phones released this year make great holiday gifts, but the chances of something happening to it are greater than ever

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Asurion, the global leader in technology protection services, released holiday data showing that one in four people will have their phone lost, stolen or damaged by the end of the year. With smartphones topping the list of holiday gifts this year, it is vital that consumers take steps to protect their devices as they make plans to get or give a new phone this holiday season.“The latest smartphones give users access to the most advanced technology yet, but not without a price. If you plan on giving a phone this holiday season, make sure you protect that investment with cell phone insurance, the most comprehensive coverage available, and give your loved ones peace of mind knowing their device and information are safe,” said Bettie Colombo, Senior Director, Marketing Communications at Asurion.

Given that 80 percent of claims are filed on a phone within the first 12 months of ownership, it is important to safeguard your new device with insurance right away. Replacing your holiday gift can be time consuming and expensive, with the average retail price of a smartphone climbing over $460. Investing in insurance is a convenient way to replace your phone, since the replacement device is shipped right to your door, usually the next business day. Insurance gives you peace of mind knowing your device is protected in the event of loss, theft, damage, including liquid damage, and malfunction.

In addition to insurance, there are several ways to protect your holiday gift:

  • Invest in a sturdy phone cover or carrying case.
  • Add a transparent film screen protector.
  • Plug the phone charger into a surge protector.
  • Visit GottaHaveMyMobile.com for more tips to keep your phone safe this holiday season.

Asurion is the cell phone protection company chosen by every major wireless carrier. The company offers comprehensive insurance for the handsets of more than 95 million consumers, protecting their investments and quickly reconnecting them in the event of handset loss, theft of out-of-warranty damage, including liquid damage. When a claim is made by phone or online, replacement devices are shipped as soon as the next day, ensuring that customers are reconnected quickly. Asurion maintains an average post-claim consumer satisfaction rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

About Asurion

As the world’s leading tech care company, Asurion eliminates the fears and frustrations associated with technology, to ensure our 300 million customers get the most out of their devices, appliances and connections. We provide insurance, repair, replacement, installation and 24/7 support for everything from cellphones to laptops and household appliances. Our experts are available online, on the phone, at one of our more than 700 stores, or can even come to you.

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