“Whoops.. There it goes… Damn It”, are usually the words of some variety we use once we send our beloved piece of technology hurtling through the air at speed, before it comes into contact with the floor, grass, road or worse.. The toilet. What am I talking about? None other than the cringeworthy dropping and breaking of your phone.
If only there was some way to make it better again. Well Three have come o the “Rescue” and have released “Three Rescue”. Three Rescue is essentially an Insurance Policy and App combination to help protect your phone and some of its data.
The Add-On is only available to New Contracts or Contract Upgrades so if you are ready to upgrade or to take out a new contract read on for some prices:
– HTC One M8 – £10 a Month.
– HTC One – £10 a Month.
– Sony Xperia Z2 – £10 a Month (£100 Claim Excess fee).
– Sony Xperia Z1 – £10 a Month.
– Nokia Lumia 1020 – £10 a Month.
– HTC Desire 500 – £8 a Month.
– Nexus 5 – Not Available.
– Nokia Lumia 520 – £4 a Month.
– Samsung Galaxy Fame – £4 a Month.
– iPhone 5C – £10 a Month (£100 Claim Excess fee).
That’s not all the phones Three offer but it’s a good proportion of higher and lower priced phones. So for those prices what do I get I hear you say? Read on:
Worldwide Cover Against
- Loss, Theft, Accidental damage, Malicious damage, Accidental water or liquid damage and Pet damage.
- Out of warranty breakdown.
- 2GB of storage to backup your photos and videos via the Three Rescue app.
The cover provided is quite detailed, so it looks like it covers most eventualities and Three have committed to getting you a replacement within 24hrs. Although noted in the small print is that it could be a refurbished phone up to Three’s Rescue Standards.
- 24hr Phone Replacement.
- Policy from Contract provider and added to Monthly Payment.
- Good Pricing for Cheaper Phones.
- App Available for Data Backup up to 2GB.
- £100 Excess on some phones.
- Expensive when compared to some other insurance companies (inc Debit Card from Banks).
- 2GB of Storage is not enough for many new phones from the App.
If you’re looking to take out a new Phone Contract or Upgrade and a replacement phone is important to you quickly then this is a good policy. You’ll get a replacement in 24hrs and knowing the policy is from Three there is much less chance of the company suddenly disappearing overnight unlike some other insurance providers. But there are much cheaper alternatives available that offer a cheaper excess, as well as with Android and Windows Phone most of the data can be backed up automatically to the cloud natively within the OS or by using a free app.
Fancy reading the press release about this? Just hit the button below.
It’s what’s inside that counts:
Brits place a value of £1,117 on the contents on their smartphone, six times the amount of the actual phone.
· Nearly half (47%) of people would rather lose their passport than their smartphone.
· A third of Brits (38%) don’t know how to back up their smartphone.
· Three launches Three Rescue™ – worry free insurance that will replace a stolen, lost or damaged device within 24 hours.
New research from mobile network Three has found Brits value the content of their smartphone at £1,117 – six times the value of the phone itself.
The research found that smartphone users place the most sentimental value on photographs, while their list of contacts came in second. These were followed by banking details, videos, work, music, films and then games.
Regarding photographs, the average Brit values their mobile snaps at £357. For women this figure goes up as far as £462 and over a fifth of females who have had their phone lost/stolen (21 per cent) admit to crying over it. Photos and videos can hold a huge amount of sentimental value to Brits, who on average store more than 100 of them on their device.
The news comes as Three launches Three Rescue™, offering peace of mind and worry-free insurance that will replace a stolen, lost or damaged device within 24 hours. Of the people surveyed, over a third (38 per cent) of those with insurance have been forced to wait over a week before receiving a replacement handset.
Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three, says: “A smartphone is no longer only a means of calling, browsing the internet and messaging people; it is the address book, photo album and video library of millions, so losing access to it through theft, damage or misplacement can feel like the end of the world. Three Rescue™ means that customers will get a new phone the very next day, allowing them to get back up and running, sharing the silly stuff that matters most.”
Providing a clear indication of priorities, the findings reveal that nearly half of Brits (47 per cent) would rather lose their passport than their smartphone. The research also reveals that more than a third (38 per cent) of people don’t know how to back-up their smartphone data. The Three Rescue app makes this easy, allowing customers to back-up and retrieve all their precious content as if they had never even lost it.
Meanwhile, half of all parents (54 per cent) store photos of their children on their phone and do not back them up elsewhere. And, one in ten parents (10 per cent) have had their smartphones smashed by their children.
Commenting on the research, personal finance expert Sue Hayward comments, “Losing your device or having it stolen isn’t just a practical inconvenience; it can have a huge emotional and financial impact on your life. For many of us, our phones are like a treasure chest for our memories. It’s now so easy to capture stunning photographs and videos in an instant so you should ensure you don’t run the risk of losing all those great moments.”
Three Rescue™ starts from just £2 a month and offers transparent and easy-to-understand policies. For an additional £20 upon a claim, customers can also get a replacement device if they’re abroad.
The app also offers extra security, allowing customers to lock their phone (Android only) to protect personal data, sound an alarm to track down a misplaced phone and even see the location of a lost phone on a map. Please see here for Three Rescue™ full Terms and Conditions.