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When perusing mobile insurance plans, you may want to learn about Samsung’s new phone warranties. When you purchase a new Samsung smartphone, you also receive a manufacturer’s warranty of 12 months for the phone and battery, with a six-month warranty for the charger and the headset. This warranty only covers issues pertaining to a manufacturing error, similar to a standard Xbox warranty.
Samsung smartphones ship with a standard limited warranty that covers issues pertaining to manufacturing defects, just like a Fitbit warranty. This warranty lasts an entire year but only covers the phone itself and the internal battery. The charger and headset only get six months of the same manufacturer’s warranty. Additionally, third-party accessories are not covered by this manufacturer’s warranty, just like when you are performing Dell warranty checks.
Some phone providers will simply let you trade your phone in for a new model every year.
Ideally, you want your smartphone to last much longer than a year, and you want to protect it from issues above and beyond simple manufacturing errors. You have a few options when considering this type of extended coverage.
Samsung’s proprietary insurance and extended warranty offering are called Samsung Care Plus, and it operates similarly to AppleCare+. You pay a small monthly fee or a batch payment for a year upfront, and the coverage extends to include not only manufacturing errors but also accidental damage and even theft. These plans cost around $9 per month, but it varies depending on the model of your phone, as more expensive models cost more to insure. Additionally, Samsung offers these plans to its entire product line, including smartwatches, displays, TVs, and more.
If Samsung’s plan doesn’t set your heart on fire, use a third party to extend the warranty and insurance coverage. You have many companies to choose from here, from old insurance stalwarts like Progressive and Geico to new upstarts like Akko and Asurion. Read the fine print, memorize the details, and choose a plan based on your personal needs. Sometimes you can get deals if you purchase a full year upfront.
STAT: Samsung started in the 1930s as a small trading company with forty employees located in Su-dong (now Ingyo-dong). It dealt in dried fish, locally-grown groceries and noodles. (source)
Your provider also offers their own extended coverage plans, so look into that before making a final decision.