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Insuring your mobile phone

  • 16, Aug 2020
  • Read time: 5 mins

If you have contents insurance, then your phone is likely already insured inside your home. But this guide will give you tips to make sure your cover meets all your needs.

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Is my mobile phone covered by my contents insurance policy?

Shake your house upside down, and the bits that fall out are all covered by contents insurance. Naturally, this would include mobile phones. We can’t talk for other insurers but at MORE THAN, having contents insurance with personal possessions added means your mobile is also covered outside of the home. This will apply to everyone in your household and there are no restrictions over how many claims you make.

Our contents insurance covers you for:

  • Phones
  • Watches
  • Curtains
  • Jewellery
  • Laptops
  • White goods
  • Wallets, purses and handbags
  • Cash money up to a set limit
  • Sports equipment
  • Clothing
  • Audio equipment
  • Garden equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • Toys
  • Cameras

At MORE THAN single article limits and policy limits apply, so some items will need to be specified on your policy in order to be covered. Plus, we only cover damage as a result of an insured event. Claims are subject to a policy excess. So, make sure you check your policy to see exactly what you’re covered for.

Make sure that you have taken all reasonable steps to trace your phone. These include but are not limited to either reporting it as a stolen item or contacting the places of where your phone may have been left or using any available tracking apps to find your phone.

Are there instances where my mobile phone may not be covered?

  • Your policy may not provide cover for normal wear and tear, for example, if your phone stops working as a result of aging.
  • You may not be covered if it’s found that you’ve purposefully caused damage to your phone.
  • You may not be covered where the issue is caused by manufacturer defects or recalls.
  • Your mobile phone may not be covered if it is left in a car in plain view.

Here’s a few instances where your mobile phone may be covered

  • If you drop and smash your screen your phone may be covered for accidental damage.
  • If your phone falls into the sink or the bath and stops working, then you may be covered.
  • If you lose your mobile phone while out for a walk or while shopping, you’re covered.

How can I keep my mobile phone safe?

Mobile phones are prone to accidental damage such as water damage, smashed screens through sudden impact or failure of electrical systems. To keep them safe, remember these helpful tips.

  • Buy a good quality case. These protect fragile edges and corners from constant bumps and bangs
  • Screen guards will protect your phone from most impacts but spend a little extra getting a quality hard cover as opposed to the flimsier variety.
  • Don’t leave your phone on wet or damp surfaces, even if your phone is water-resistant
  • Keep away from extreme temperatures and this includes being left in a sunny position

Think you need further cover for your mobile?

If you’re going abroad, be sure your mobile is covered by your travel insurance. Otherwise, make sure your cover meets your needs should you need to make a claim while in another country. If your phone is damaged, we’ll send your phone to an authorised repairer.

If it can be repaired, your mobile will be returned in full working order. If it can’t be repaired then we would look to replace it with a ‘like for like’ model, sourcing the closest replacement to the model you had before it was damaged.

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