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3 scenarios in which a phone buyback plan can help

3 scenarios in which a phone buyback plan can help

11/22/2013

Let's face it: Your smartphone is just too important to go without. When you consider the sheer number of ways in which damage might befall your device, the likelihood of mobile tragedy becomes alarming. Unfortunately, your wireless carrier's upgrade program doesn't always correspond directly with your needs - two years is a long time to go without any smartphone mishaps - and mobile phone insurance plans will replace your phone, but often for a substantial fee.

Phone buyback plans, on the other hand, give mobile users the flexibility they need by offering a monetary reimbursement of a portion of the device's value. Here are some scenarios in which you might find yourself thankful you purchased such protection.

The dreaded iPhone water exposure
Apple enthusiasts are well acquainted with the stringency of the company's policy on liquid damage: The warranty just doesn't cover it, and that's that. Unfortunately, the home remedies for drying out your device aren't always effective. In a column for The Telegraph, Ed Cummings recounted his water-logged iPhone troubles. 

"I buried it in rice for two days, like the internet told me to. This did nothing except clog its orifices with damp starch that I then had to scrape out with a penknife like a pirate dentist," he wrote.

Clearly, the incurably water-damaged phone calls for its own unique kind of protection to prevent losing the device's value entirely.

The shocking (or cute) text message
By now, chances are you've had some experience in walking and texting simultaneously, and you may even be pretty good at it. But what happens if you receive a text that's so surprising it stops in your tracks - say, your best friend is moving to another city. Or, perhaps that friend isn't going anywhere: Instead, she's adopted an incredibly cute puppy and decided to send you a picture to prove it. Either way, the shock or the cuteness could easily catch you off guard and send your phone plummeting toward the pavement. At that moment, you'll be glad you made the choice to purchase a buyback plan, especially if you want to put the remaining value of your old phone toward a different model.

The exploding smartphone
It's anyone's guess what or whom to blame for the phenomenon, but it's happening: There is at least one known report of an iPhone explosion. According to CNET, a woman who chose to be identified only as Li claimed that she was hospitalized after her iPhone 5 exploded during a phone conversation. While it may not be a likely scenario, who knows what your iPhone insurance will cover in the event of an explosion.

ProtectCELL phone buyback, however, will return 50 percent of the cost of the phone during the first 12 months, and 25 percent in years two and three, regardless of how strange the cause of damage may be. Furthermore, mobile users with a wide range of preferences will be able to find a plan to fit their needs: iPhone-specific data and device coverage is available, as well as tablet protection plans with buyback features.

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