Oct 9th, 2014

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Samsung has a new warranty for US customers that might be worth looking into. They’re calling it Protection Plus Mobile Elite, and for $99 ($129 for the new Galaxy Note 4) you’ll get some pretty good protection in case you happen to commit a terribly unfortunate accident. The coverage lasts for two years, and gives you up to three replacements for anything that happens to your phone. The list includes:

  • Drops
  • Cracked screens
  • Water damage
  • Mechanical failures
  • Electrical failures

Of course, those replacements aren’t given without you having to pay a “service fee” (deductible) per claim. It’s $95 per claim for a Note 3 or Note 4, and $75 for anything else. Samsung promises 24/7 phone support and replacements within two days, to boot.

Compare all this to typical carrier insurance programs which charge you at least $8 per month and ask you to pay a typically more expensive deductible of about $100 in the event that your phone is accidentally damaged. The value sure seems to be there, though we’re not sure how we feel about three maximum claims over the entire course of the protection plan.

Samsung has the full details over at their website, including an FAQ that should answer any questions you have about the plan should you decide you want to get it. Whether you feel it’s a good plan or not, it’s yet another option for protecting what most consider a very expensive purchase.