These days, phones (or smartphones) are worth anything from around £100 all the way up to £919 for a fully loaded iPhone 7 Plus (256GB).
Some contracts can also work out at around £50 a month which on a 24 month contract will be a minimum of £1200 over the term of the contract.
Mobile phones are now so much more than just a device for calls and texts (does anyone still send texts?) They are now more of an accessory for day-to-day life as I suggested in a blog post back in 2011.
Have you ever left the house without your phone then realised all the things you can’t do without it? How about when your battery is running low and you don’t have a charger/powerbank and need to get home or stay in touch with someone?
Why don’t people protect such an important investment?
I had an awful experience with an insurance company called Protect Your Bubble after losing a phone a few years ago (entirely my own fault), with them sending me multiple replacements that were all faulty.
I have had cases for all my phones since breaking a Nokia 3410 in a schoolbag back in the day. I also have a signed case that I got from meeting Anthony Joshua at the Rio 2016 Olympics – the one thing I had with me at the time.
It’s hard to protect against loss or theft other than having insurance, but protecting phones from damage is a lot easier. Cases, screen protectors and now special tempered glass act can act as a prevention rather than a cure in 2017.
My old phone case was getting a bit worn with parts cracking off so it was perfect timing when Peli got in touch with me about their phone and tablet cases. They are known for designing and making super-strong cases to withstand the harshest conditions in day-to-day usage as well as for outdoor sports, construction and the military.
Their recent research (based on 2,000 smartphone users across Europe) shows 72% of mobile phone owners had damaged or broken a phone before. Half of owners of broken phones don’t get them fixed for at least a month and a quarter never get them repaired at all. That’s a lot of fingers getting splinters from glass!
I had a phone aged 11, from Argos that I used to enter competitions and check football scores. Even younger children now have phones – but is it necessary?
Nearly 18% of children aged six to eight now own their own mobile phone according to the research, with nearly 20% of children aged 9-11 and over half of the children over the age of 13 surveyed now owning a phone.
The majority of parents also lend their children their phones to play on now but I think it is getting a little out of hand seeing “the digital nanny” constantly on public transport and in public. What happened to playing with toys, writing or doing drawings?
Peli Cases are tested extensively and they carry their Lifetime Guarantee “You break it. We replace it, forever” and they currently design a wide range of protection for Apple iPhones/ iPads and Samsung phones.
I have the Peli Voyager for my iPhone 6 in all black which works perfectly – having already dropped it on the treadmill at the gym and had it fly across the room. It’s also available in white or blue and comes with caps to protect all your ports from dust and splashes and a screen protector, but it’s not fully waterproof so don’t try and swim with it.
It isn’t the slimmest case on the market and can be tricky to remove once on, but you know you’re getting that high-level protection and the guarantee promises you that peace of mind.
If you’re active, clumsy or simply want to protect your phone this could be the perfect case for you.
In my first ever blog competition, a free case was won by Katie – @Top_cat81
Be sure to stay protected and look out for more competitions coming soon to the blog!