Sprint Bolsters Its Total Equipment Plan With Help From Asurion

Once we get our hands on a shiny new phone or tablet, top priority is keeping it safe. Sprint is helping to keep its customers even more safe starting today, with the announcement of its upgraded Total Equipment Protection Plus plan. The addition of Sprint’s Total Equipment Protection Plus, along with a new Protect app, takes its device coverage to a new level.  (more…)

Try Not to Damage Your Galaxy S3, Asurion May Not Have Replacements Yet

Since the Samsung Galaxy S3 is so new, as in less than a week, it would make sense that there aren’t many replacements available for warranty claims. Carriers themselves are having trouble with initial stock, so you can imagine what it must be like for insurance companies. According to two of readers who had to file claims on their new devices already, that is indeed the case through Asurion. From what we were told, they are without replacement devices and weren’t all that clear as to when they may have them in.

So grab a case and guard your new Galaxy S3 with your life.

We have reached out to Asurion to see if we can get a better understanding of the GS3 situation. Once we hear back, we’ll let you know.

Cheers Neil and Roxy!

DROID Bionic 2 Appears in Verizon and Asurion Enrollment Form

They couldn’t, could they? Does Motorola or Verizon have the cojones to release a follow-up to one of the biggest smartphone disasters in history? According to Asurion’s open enrollment forms, a DROID Bionic 2 either exists now, or will exist at some point in the future. Actually, before you get too excited, there is a good chance that this is simply the placeholder for the new version of the Bionic that is sold without a 16GB microSD card. As you can see in the list, they break out each version of the RAZR depending on color and storage and is likely what we have going on here with the “DROIDBIO2.” Could they return one of the most hypebeasted phones of all time for a second turn? They could, but probably won’t.

I’m not sure that any of us could power through another 9 months of delays and design changes. OK, part of me wants to.

Cheers Alex!

Asurion Open Enrollment for 2012 has Started, This is the Time to Add Phone Insurance if You Didn’t Initially

Each year, Asurion – the provider of phone insurance coverage through Verizon – runs an open enrollment period to give those that declined coverage of their phone at the point of sale, the opportunity to add it on.  You qualify if you have coverage through Verizon and a working phone that has been activated within the last 2 years. The enrollment period runs from March 1 through April 30.  (more…)

Friday Poll: Do You Usually Buy Insurance For Your Phones?

Insurance for smartphones is pretty cut and dry. You have customers that can’t live without it in fear of running into one of life’s accidents and accept it no matter what or those that are willing to risk it all by declining it.  With phone prices rising, it would not be a shocker if people were more easily persuaded to pick up the extra charge to their monthly bill.  But as some of us may know, insurance isn’t as easy as just sending in a broken phone and receiving a new one.  Most times, we are sent refurbished phones that could just as easily have as many problems as our last.

Verizon offers a few different options for purchasers.  There is the popular TEC (Asurion) route which is $6.99 with a $99 deductible, Wireless Phone Protection for $5.18, and then the basic extended warranty for $1.99.  Let us know how you take on the task of deciding whether or not to add insurance and then whether you have ever had to use it, down below.

Do you normally purchase insurance for your smartphone?

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Asurion Out of DROIDX, Offering DROIDX2 as a Replacement

We’ve seen Asurion run out of replacement phones in the past and pick others to take their place, but going from a single-core to a dual-core phone is quite the impressive jump, I’d say.  And according to multiple readers of ours, that’s exactly what is happening to owners of the DROIDX who are making an insurance claim.  With Asurion running out of select devices (as seen in the screenshot above), the DROIDX2 (our review) is the current replacement phone until they receive another batch.  So while we would never tell you to go out of your way to cause damage to your device, now would be the time to look into replacing it should there actually be something wrong with it.

*Note - Yes, I see that the picture is of the DROID2, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.

Cheers Andrew, app tipster, and everyone else!