Back-to-School Cell Phone Protection Tips

By Shannon Gurnee
In Cell Phone
September 13, 2013

This post was created in partnership with Asurion, but all thoughts are my own.

Teenagers Hanging Out In Front Of Television Using Mobile Phones

School is back in session and what is on most kids’ wish lists this season?  Cell phones!  Not only are these on kids’ wish lists, but they are also on the parents‘ “keep track of my kids” list.  After all, we as parents want to have a way to keep in touch with our kids while they’re out and about, whether they’re at school, soccer practice, or a friend’s house.  While we may entrust a mobile phone or smartphone to our children, loss or damage are inevitable.  With that being said, mobile insurance is a must have for both kids and parents.

Asurion recently conducted a survey that found that parents, on average, replace more than one mobile phone per child per year.  Yikes!  That could really expensive really fast!  With the cost of smartphones soaring to upwards of $600, that’s an awful expensive lesson to learn.  No worries though because with Asurion, they make it easy and quick to get back in touch so you have peace of mind when your kids aren’t home.

Parents purchase mobile phones as a way to maintain direct contact while their kids are away from home,” said Taylor Gibbs, a recent college graduate, guest blogger at Gotta Have My Mobile, and public relations representative at Asurion.  “As kid’s lifestyles become more active, the risk of losing or damaging their phone increases dramatically.  Since asking kids to leave their phone at home is not an option, parents should consider insurance through their wireless carrier as a way to ultimately protect their pocketbooks.”

Teenage Boy Sitting Outdoors Using Mobile Phone

Teenagers are hard on their mobile phones, so every back-to-school list should include protecting a child‘s expensive mobile phone!  Here are some interesting facts from a recent survey conducted by Asurion:

– 48% of high school and college-age students required a replacement drive in the last 24 months.  The majority of broken or misplaced mobile phones occurred at school (27%), while incidents at home (24%), outside (15%) and at a friend’s house (14%) provided similarly dangerous for a student‘s favorite mobile life-line.

Students lead active lifestyles, as shown in the laundry list of ways their mobile phones crossed over to the dark side, including running/playing (35%), near water (18%), cleaning (18%), sports (17%), watching sports (10%) and yard work (2%).

– 50% of students and 43% of parents surveyed believe a replacement device costs less than $200.  Unfortunately, most consumers don’t realize that the discounted cost you paid when you signed the contract will most likely not be available again.  Leaving consumers with full retail cost while still under their contract.  Remember the true cost is over $475!

Back-to-School Phone Protection Tips

– Invest in a good cover or case

– Add a transparent film screen protector

Purchase mobile phone insurance when you buy or upgrade

– Plug the phone charger into a surge protector

– Visit Gotta Have My Mobile for more tips!

Do you have a child with a mobile phone?  Do you have insurance?  Have you ever had a mobile phone lost or damaged and were relieved to have insurance on that phone?



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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

11 Responses to “Back-to-School Cell Phone Protection Tips”

  1. ellen beck says:

    All great advice! I especially think the case is key- so many of the kids have to have the latest phones and they are so expensive! I hope alot of parents read this and pass it on to teens.

  2. Julie Wood says:

    I would get an insurance plan to make sure that I do not have costs when a phone is lost or broken. It is such a good way to protect your investment because a phone is an investment.

  3. mrsshukra says:

    Very important tips, mahalo! My iphone is my lifeline so I get paranoid about protecting it!

  4. mel says:

    I definitely need to look into this! I get so paranoid that something would happen to my phone- I use it all the time!

  5. Ashley Smith says:

    it is such a great review. I think that with all this expensive technology i am starting to appreciate the value of a dollar and how to protect my tech devices. My cell phone is also my life and I rather pay less for my cell phone and more for the protection so it will last longer.

  6. My daughter is in college and she had her iPhone stolen last year. I really need to look into this.

  7. Leta Rombult says:

    I have two teenage girls and they just couldn’t put the phone down. This is absolutely a good read for a mom like me. Helped a lot! Thank you so much!

  8. Jorge Granados says:

    Cool article!

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