Nobody wants a broken smartphone, but accidents happen, hardware fails, and all it takes is some bad luck to leave us high and dry without a functional handset. In order to protect themselves against such disaster, plenty of phone users pick up insurance, replacement plans, extended warranties – any sort of service that helps cushion the blow of repair or replacements costs and gets a working phone back in their hands as soon as possible. Apple’s got its AppleCare+, and today we learn of a similar service coming from Samsung, as the manufacturer begins selling its Protection Plus Mobile Elite coverage.
Here’s how Protection Plus Mobile Elite works: just like AppleCare+, it extends your phone’s warranty out to two years from the time of purchase. That covers the phone’s hardware against faults. If you break your phone in an accident, cracking the screen or causing water damage, Samsung will replace the handset for a fee – and unlike Apple, Samsung’s accident coverage allows for up to three incidents over the course of the two years the plan’s active, instead of just two.
What about pricing? Samsung has two levels of coverage right now, one for the Galaxy S4/5, and one for the Galaxy Note 3/4. The plan for the phones costs just about $100, with replacements for accidental damage subject to a $75 fee. The phablet version of the plan goes for more like $130, with a $95 fee for those replacements.
Admittedly, $225 is a lot less than buying a new Note 4, but it’s still a nice chunk of change in its own right. Whether or not the cost of the plan plus those replacement fees add up to a number that’s worth it is something you’ll have to decide for yourself, so hit up the source link below and read up on the full plan details if this sounds like something that might help save you from a phone-less future.