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Is your Preteen's phone insured?

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Theas18 Thu 06-Dec-12 21:03:18

You really think it's appropriate for a preteen to have a phone that us expensive enough to need insuring?

Have a think about it.

My 3 all have p&g phones. They are older teens.

A kids who us out and about and breeds a phone for safety/communication doesn't need one that makes them a"mugger magnet" apart from the risk of loss etc. and it is simply not the case that"every one" has and expensive posing point.

bigTillyMincePie Thu 06-Dec-12 18:27:50

Having said that, none of those have happened to DD in the last 3 years. Or DS so far!

bigTillyMincePie Thu 06-Dec-12 18:26:56

No - it's my old one and worth about 1pgrin
DD got hers at 12 and it was a cheapy too.

IMHO, there is no point to getting a pre-teen an expensive phone - they are likely to lose/break it, or (and far worse) get mugged for it on the way to/from school.

takeonboard Thu 06-Dec-12 18:23:11

bubby do you mind me asking which bank gives you free gadget insurance? thanks!

bubby64 Thu 15-Nov-12 12:02:15

Contract phoneshere, and in my name. We have free gadget insurance through our bank account, and so I have registered the phones, but, amazingly, they are one of the few things neither of my DS's have lost!

ooer Wed 14-Nov-12 21:22:24

DS2 aged 11 has cheapo phone (£30 iirc) on pay as you go. He doesn't use it much - sees all his pals at school anyway and I pick him up so limited need. His older brother is at secondary school and uses his a lot more. He wanted a swish one and paid with his birthday money. But it's still PAYG.

missymoomoomee Wed 14-Nov-12 21:12:16

I have a blackberry on virgin for DS who is 11. It costs £14 a month and insurance is included as long as you have the mobile rescue app downloaded onto it. I think this is standard for all their phones. I think its a £30 excess you have to pay if it gets lost/stolen/broken. His contract is in my name, I don't think they would let it be taken out in an under 16s name.

YDdraigGoch Wed 14-Nov-12 21:08:17

At 11, I'd suggest getting a cheap phone, so if she loses it, it won't cost too much to replace. That's what I'd do anyway.

Beanbagz Wed 14-Nov-12 17:32:09

DH and i were planning on adding her on as a sharer on our account as that way she can use some of the minutes/texts that we never use up each month.

DH and I don't have insurance either but in 20+ years, we've never lost a phone (or had one stolen).

YDdraigGoch Wed 14-Nov-12 17:02:03

I wouldn't take a contract out in an 11yr old's name - even if you're able too. Both my teenager DDs' contracts are in my name. I pay the bill after all.
None of us have insurance on our phones. If they ever lose their phones I would replace with a cheapo handset to teach them not to lose things.

shrimponastick Wed 14-Nov-12 16:58:30

DS has always had a payg phone. He had one at 11 (as had to catch public bus to school). His most recent payg was only about £50, it was his birthday gift almost two years ago.

So no, no insurance here. However neither me or DH have insurance for our contract phones either.

Beanbagz Wed 14-Nov-12 16:54:36

That's it really.

I have been looking at getting DD a phone for her 11th birthday but am concerned that she might lose it and i'll be stuck in a contract with no phone.

I had a quick look online but most of the insurance policies say 16+. Am i looking for something which isn't there?

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