Have you ever paid for smartphone insurance? There are all types of plans, and consumers can sometimes get overwhelmed with three different insurance plans at three different prices with little to distinguish one from another. Usually, the small differences are huge, but with few to know the distinctions and explain them, consumers either 1) buy a smartphone with a hefty insurance plan or 2) refuse an insurance plan – a move that many regret later on.
It is the overwhelming feeling and the need for smartphone insurance that makes Google’s Nexus Protect plan for the new Huawei Nexus 6P and the LG Nexus 5X a genius one. The Nexus Protect plan provides 2 years of coverage for mechanical breakdown, and 2 years of protection from accidental damage. Most standard manufacturer warranties only provide 1 year of protection from defect, after which the manufacturer warranty expires and dies. Google’s Nexus Protect plan for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will provide an additional year – meaning that most consumers will have protection for the lifetime of their device (for at least through a two-year timeframe, anyway).
The Nexus Protect plan for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X also features 2 years of protection from accidental damage, referring to users and their tendency to drop their phones, dunk them in water, and so on. Of course, no damage done to a smartphone is intentional (at least we assume this to be the case 99% of the time), and consumers need a plan to help them rebound when their phone cracks when it hits the pavement.
The Nexus Protect plan will allow you to replace your Huawei Nexus 6P and your LG Nexus 5X as early as the “next business day,” Google says, for a one-time fee of $69 for the Nexus 5X and $89 for the Nexus 6P.
Google unveiled the Nexus Protect plan for its newest devices yesterday in San Francisco. The new plan is sure to shake up how Android manufacturers have done business in the past with only 1-year warranties. We’d like to see other mainstream Android manufacturers (LG, Samsung, and Sony, among others) increase their standard warranties for the security and peace of mind of customers.
Are you excited about the Nexus Protect plan? Are you a loyal Google/Android fan who sees promise in Google’s new insurance plan?