There’s no denying that most of us would be lost without our mobile phones. They’re our personal sidekicks, our closest connections to friends, and our family photo albums. So, when something goes wrong and your phone is stolen or damaged, the last thing you want to worry about is the cost of replacing it. This is where insurance comes in. But is your standard home insurance policy enough, or should you purchase additional cell phone coverage? We’ve got the answers to your questions, plus a breakdown of key differences between home insurance and mobile phone insurance.

Does home insurance cover your cell phone?

Yes. Your home, condo, or tenant insurance policy covers your phone in many different situations. Here’s what you need to know:

Home insurance covers cell phone theft

Theft of your cell phone is covered by your standard home, condo, or tenant insurance policy. So, you’re covered if your phone is stolen out of your vehicle or grabbed by a pickpocket.

Home insurance covers damage to your phone (usually)

Home insurance, condo insurance, and tenant insurance cover damage to your phone in the event of vandalism, fire, or any other perilopens a pop-up with definition of peril insured by your policy.

Home insurance doesn’t cover technical issues or accidental damage

Most home insurance policies won’t cover technical issues or accidental damage to your phone. So, if your phone stops working out of nowhere or you drop it in the toilet, you won’t be covered.

Do you have to pay your deductible if your phone is stolen or damaged?

If your phone is stolen or damaged, your home insurance deductibleopens a pop-up with definition of deductible would apply as listed in your policy, just like it would with any other insurance claim. So, if your deductible is $500 and your phone cost you $1,000 to buy, you would only receive $500 towards the replacement cost of your phone. This is one of the main reasons why some phone owners decide to buy additional coverage through their phone provider or the retailer where they purchased it.

Theft of your cell phone is covered by your standard home, condo, or tenant insurance policy. So, you’re covered if your phone is stolen out of your vehicle or grabbed by a pickpocket.

What kind of insurance is available through mobile phone providers and retailers?

Depending on where and how you purchase your phone, you’ll likely be offered some kind of protection plan through your phone company or the retailer you bought it from. Many phone protection plans cover accidental damage and technical issues — neither of which would be covered by a home or tenant insurance policy. Other phone protection plans only cover technical issues, but you’re on your own if your phone is accidentally damaged. Most mobile phone insurance policies exclude theft and accidental loss.

Limits and deductibles

Many mobile phone protection plans set a limit on the number of claims you can make per calendar year, and most have deductibles that vary depending on what kind of damage has been done to your phone. Deductibles in mobile phone insurance policies are often lower than regular home or tenant insurance deductibles.

What’s the difference between home insurance and mobile phone insurance?

While each insurance provider and phone company will have different rules and exclusions when it comes to insuring your cell phone, here are the key differences between the coverage typically provided by your home insurance policy and the coverage you could purchase through a phone provider:

Home, condo, or tenant insurance Mobile phone insurance
  • Provided by a home insurance company
  • Accidental loss or damage isn’t covered
  • Technical issues aren’t covered
  • Theft is covered
  • Your coverage could be subject to a deductible of $500 or even $1,000, meaning you may not get the full replacement cost of your phone in the event that it’s stolen
  • Coverage applies to all of your belongings
  • There is no specific limit on the number of claims you can make
  • Provided by your phone company or the retailer where you purchased your phone
  • Accidental damage (like a cracked screen or water damage) is usually covered
  • Technical issues are often covered
  • Some basic policies don’t cover theft
  • Deductibles tend to be lower than home or tenant insurance policies
  • Coverage only applies to your phone
  • There may be a limit to the number of claims you can make in a set period of time

Should you buy mobile phone insurance?

The short answer is, it depends. If you know you’re prone to losing your phone or cracking the screen, then you may want to consider purchasing dedicated mobile phone insurance through your phone provider or retailer. If you aren’t afraid of losing or breaking your phone, but you want to make sure it’s covered for theft and other major events, then your home, condo, or tenant insurance policy might be enough coverage for you.

If you know you’re prone to losing your phone or cracking the screen, then you may want to consider purchasing dedicated mobile phone insurance through your phone provider or retailer.

Another important factor in this decision is your deductible. If you’d be uncomfortable paying your home insurance deductible if something happened to your phone, you may be more comfortable with the potentially lower deductible offered in a mobile phone insurance policy.

Before you make your decision, be sure to carefully review the coverage details outlined in a mobile phone insurance policy so you know exactly what’s included, what’s excluded, and how the limits and deductibles work before you sign up. If you have questions about how your current home, condo, or tenant insurance policy would apply if something happened to your mobile phone, contact your licensed home insurance broker.


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