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Squaretrade YMMV? Can get smartphone protection plan as inexpensive misc electronics plan if phone is under $300

davidbix 451 185 October 3, 2015 at 12:50 PM in Phones (3) More Squaretrade Deals
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So I got a OnePlus One and having decided I'm keeping it and with my 30 day mark creeping up, I decided to get a protection plan from Squaretrade as I did with my previous phone, and since none of the coupons I had were working. I called. The rep informed me unsolicited that that fixed price smartphone plans are supposed to be for phones that cost $300 or more, especially flagships. He said anything under $300 can be done as misc electronics, which costs much less because it has variable pricing. So I got it with accidental damage coverage and a 30% off coupon, so for under $50 including tax, I got a 3 year plan. He said it's an official internal policy even if it's not advertised.

So if you're getting any phone where the base price is under $300 (the OnePlus One, at $299 now, was just barely under), it might be worth calling SquareTrade and trying to get this. It does make sense, in that it really shouldn't be the same price as a flagship phone protection plan.
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if you buy a protective case you will not need a protective plan
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if you buy a protective case you will not need a protective plan
I understand your point, but I have a case (and glass over my screen) as well as a protection plan. Unless you are happy with a bulky waterproof case, then you can still benefit from a protection plan that covers accidental damage. My wife dropped her phone and it was completely submersed in water. The case did not protect it, but it was 100% covered by Squaretrade. We filed a claim and a few days later they sent us $650 by paypal to replace the phone (it was too new for them to send a refurbished unit and they could not repair the water damage). So...I think you can benefit from both. Just my two cents.
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if you buy a protective case you will not need a protective plan
Wrong
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Does the Nexus 6 purchased at eBay for $299 qualify? Thanks in advance.
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Does the Nexus 6 purchased at eBay for $299 qualify? Thanks in advance.
Probably not becauss the retail price is higher, but you'll need to check directly
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Love SquareTrade. My phone screen was shattered, filed a claim online. They had a promotion for no deductible so I went to have it fixed and they sent me the $, no hassle. The best thing is that there's no deductible Smilie Only one incident and I already got my $ back.
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Does the Nexus 6 purchased at eBay for $299 qualify? Thanks in advance.
Yes. Squaretrade goes by the price you pay before tax and/or shipping.

Quote from narnaie View Post :
if you buy a protective case you will not need a protective plan
A standard bumper will protect against a lot of things, yes...but there are also a lot of things it won't help with.
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Last edited by davidbix October 5, 2015 at 05:04 PM
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