Huge numbers of Americans own a smart mobile device — experts say that 77 percent of the population is toting around a smartphone. And if you live in the United States, then the odds are pretty good that your smartphone is made by Apple. More than four out of every 10 mobile devices in the country runs Apple’s iOS, experts report. That’s the mobile operating system that powers the famous iPhone, of course.
In short, a whole lot of Americans own iPhones. And, for a whole lot of those Americans, that iPhone represents a significant investment. After all, iPhones retail for hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Even the cheapest iPhones will run you more than $400, and more modern models will cost you about $1,000 or more.
That’s a huge amount of money, especially when you consider that many Americans are struggling to keep enough cash on hand to cover their expenses. Very few Americans have enough cash to cover an emergency of $1,000 (which, again, is the price of a new iPhone of a recent generation). Most of us would struggle to cover an emergency that could cost us half of that.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t have your fancy iPhone (though you should of course try to be careful with your money, save towards retirement, and build up an emergency fund). But it’s clear that you should be pretty careful with this extremely expensive device that you carry around. Let’s talk about the steps that you should take to protect your iPhone.
Invest in AppleCare
Apple has a protection plan on offer for all of its devices. Buy a new Apple device, and you’ll have the chance to register it and sign up for AppleCare.
AppleCare isn’t the cheapest thing in the world, but it is an effective warranty program that will give you access to repairs and even replacement devices in case of certain covered incidents.
Consider the insurance
In addition to (or instead of) AppleCare, you may find that you can take up your store or mobile carrier on an insurance offer. Mobile providers such as Verizon offer programs that cost a bit extra each month, but which will replace your iPhone completely in case of certain covered damages. That’s great news for folks who are worried about things such as theft and other sorts of loss and destruction that Apple Care does not cover.
Turn to local repair experts
When something goes wrong with your iPhone, you don’t necessarily have to head to Apple. While you should be careful about not voiding warranties like AppleCare, and while you should always look for reputable and certified Apple technicians, you’ll find a lot of reasons to find local shops that fit the bill instead of heading to the genius bar.
Typing something like “iPhone repair near me” into Google and then heading to a local shop could save you a boatload of time and a significant amount of money. Local professionals may offer better customer service and a more enjoyable experience, too.
Invest in cases and screen protectors
Local electronics shops and Apple repair shops are also great places to find really nice cases and screen protectors. Grab something sturdy, especially if you plan to use your iPhone in rugged environments. Get a screen protector, too, and have the professionals at the shop put it on so you won’t get any annoying bubbles.
If you drop your iPhone and damage the case or the screen, replace it! It’s great that you’ve protected your phone, but the screen protector or case may not be as effective the next time around. It’s best to grab a new one.