Should You Buy AppleCare?

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You already get a year of free AppleCare when you buy a new iPhone, iPad, or Mac, but is spending the extra money to get additional years of AppleCare worth it? If you aren’t familiar with AppleCare, it’s essentially Apple’s own creative name for its warranty service that it provides with its iPhones, iPads and […]

What You Should Do Before Your MacBook AppleCare Expires

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If you’re approaching the one-year mark of owning your MacBook, that means that your AppleCare is about to expire, which also means that you’ll no longer receive free repairs if something bad happens to your MacBook. Here are some things you should do before your MacBook’s AppleCare is close to expiring. All Apple products come […]

How to Easily Check Your Mac Warranty Status

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Every Mac user eventually wants to know how much time is left on the warranty of their machine, and there’s actually a really quick and easy way to look that information up without having to call Apple or ruffle through your warranty paperwork. When you want to know what the warranty status is of your […]

Keep Your iPhone Safe During the Most Dangerous Month for Smartphones

A broken iPhone is no joke and April is the most likely month to break your iPhone or Android.

April is the biggest month for iPhone and Android damage, loss and theft according to the data from ProtectYourBubble. The company tells Gotta Be Mobile that claims for broken or stolen iPhones spiked 70% higher than Winter months and 42% higher than the annual average. In short, if you are going to break your iPhone […]

Samsung Protection Plus Warranty Aims to Take on AppleCare+

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Samsung already offers extended warranty options for its devices, but you’d never know because it isn’t something widely discussed. However, this weekend new reports have surfaced showing the company is planning a new take on its warranty offering. Possibly aiming to take on Applecare, Samsung could be delivering a new Protection Plus Warranty plan for […]

Clock Ticking to Buy AppleCare+ for the iPhone 5s

Broken iPhones are no joke. Here's a look a the best iPhone 5s insurance and warranty options.

iPhone 5s owners who bought the new iPhone at Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint without insurance or a warranty can still add AppleCare or most other warranty options for the next two weeks without paying higher prices or passing on AppleCare+ altogether. Carriers offer their own insurance and most do not include an option to […]

Verizon Insurance for the iPhone 5s: Is It Worth It?

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When you went to go buy your shiny new iPhone 5s at a Verizon carrier store, you most likely were asked if you wanted the carrier’s protection plan, which is simply just insurance for the phone that covers pretty much anything that happens to it. It costs just $10 per month, which doesn’t seem like […]

Apple to Soon Support Night Owls With 24-Hour AppleCare Chat Service

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Apple may soon a 24-7 chat service that would provide 24-hour support for customers with Apple products ranging from iPhone to desktop Mac computers through an online chat service to help resolve any problems. Though the 24-7 support service may be limited to online chat, it may help Apple continue to grow its customer service […]

In Spite of Sony’s Marketing Claims, Xperia Z Drowns Under Water

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Despite Sony’s claims that the current flagship Xperia Z is a waterproof phone, users are reporting that some units may suffer from poor build quality that compromises the device’s waterproof performance. The slim and attractively designed smartphone was initially debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year showing off impressive specs, including a 13-megapixel […]

Samsung Galaxy S4: 1 in 8 Will Break in Six Months

The Samsung Galaxy S4 may not be able to survive drops any better than the Galaxy S3.

In the next six months, one of every eight Samsung Galaxy S4 devices sold will be broken by the owner thanks to a drop, dunk in a toilet or worse. According to a new set of data out from SquareTrade, Android owners need to be more concerned with accidental damage than from someone who will […]

Lifeproof iPad & iPhone Cases Offer Optional One Year Water Warranty

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Lifeproof now offers a warranty for iPhones and iPads that are water damaged while inside a Lifeproof case purchased from the case maker’s website. Users will need to pay an additional $10 to $20 fee to add the warranty to a Lifeproof case purchase. The new Total Water Protection Program will guarantee and iPhone or […]

How to Make a SquareTrade Claim for a Broken iPad

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Apple doesn’t guarantee their products against user damage, like dropping it on the pavement and then breaking the display, so we recommend readers insure their devices. We compared five of the best options for covering an iPhone and settled on AppleCare or SquareTrade. I chose to go with SquareTrade mainly due to previous experience. It’s a good […]

Sony Under Fire With Hard Stance on Warranties and Unlocked Bootloaders

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When it came to addressing the needs of developers and the hacking community, Sony came through and became one of the earlier Android smartphone manufacturers to offer a bootloader unlocking tool. This allows developers to hack their devices, load custom ROMs, and customize their Sony or Sony Ericsson Xperia Android smartphones. However, if you do […]

Smartphone Abuse: How We Destroy Our Favorite Gadgets [Infographic]

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When it comes to smartphones, we are guilty of mistreating our favorite gadgets. T-Mobile partnered with Kelton Research to find out just how bad we mistreat our phones and what we’ll do to avoid losing our smartphone after it goes for a swim in a toilet or gets tossed out with last week’s leftovers. T-Mobile’s […]

10 Weirdest Phone Deaths on Twitter

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People destroy and kill their phones in all kinds of crazy ways. From wing sauce and cranberry juice to cereal, bathtubs and toilets, the phone toting public keeps finding weirder ways to destroy perfectly good phones. Read: iPhone 4S Warranties Compared To promote SquareTrade warranties, the company launched @TechCrushed, a Twitter account dedicated to finding the craziest and weirdest ways phones, […]

Jailbroken iPhones Now Covered by SquareTrade Warranty

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Techies who like the jailbreak their iPhones can now buy a warranty for their device from SquareTrade. Third-party warranty service SquareTrade announced today that it will cover any iPhone with its warranties, including jailbroken iPhones. Now users are free to tinker with their iPhones’s software without worrying about voiding their warranty. That’s good news for […]

Zagg Offers ZAGGsafe, a Two-Year Warranty For Mobile Devices

Zagg Offers ZAGGsafe, a Two-Year Warranty For Mobile Devices

Zagg, maker of the ZAGGshield, has a new way to keep smartphones and tablets safe: a two-year warranty. Today Zagg introduced its new ZAGGsafe, a two-year warranty for any new smartphone or tablet. The new warranty costs $99 for two years of protection, and is available for any device purchased within the past 90 days. Read: Top […]

Cell Phone Darwin Awards 2012

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It’s easy to break a cell phone, but destroying a smartphone in a spectacular fashion takes skill. Taking a page from the Darwin Awards, given to humans that meet their ends in incredibly stupid and spectacular ways, gadget warranty company SquareTrade presents the Cell Phone Darwin Awards. (Read: iPhone 4S Warranty and Insurance Options)  Not everyone needs a warranty, but […]