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Lwknuj Send email
May 12, 2016

Terms not fully disclosed

When I purchased my new phone I was sold ProtectCell insurance as it was explained if the phone broke it would cover the new phone or if it didn't the policy amount would go towards a new phone when I upgraded. I recently upgraded and was told the system has changed and $200 would not go to my new phone. I had to mail my old phone in to get a reimbursement. ProtectCell said the plan had expired and there was a 30 day window in order to do this. None of this was in the paperwork or contract, which I went back and reread several times to make sure the oversight was not on my end. Despite not have this detail in the contract they are refusing payment. Unless this company has changed their paperwork to fully disclose the terms and conditions, I would not recommend doing business with ProtectCell.
alice stockton-rossini Send email
Apr 12, 2016


I purchased Protect Cell Insurance. I pay 10.99 a month. The face of my phone was shattered. All I needed was a new screen. Instead PC advised me to just "get a new phone" I paid $150.00 for the "new' phone. It would not hold a charge. I am a News Reporter. I was out on a big story and had to call in my report for radio and my fully charged phone with a mophie died in the middle of a report. "Oh they sent you a dud" i was told. The second phone was good for a month before the camera stopped working. I also need the camera for work . I called PC and was told to send the phone back and a 500 dollar hold would be placed against my credit card in the event there was anything "wrong' with my phone. I demanded to speak to a supervisor. I was put on hold for 5 minutes, and told no supervisor was available. I went to another Verizon store. This store was an authorized dealer unlike the last Verizon store. They told me if I went on the Assurion plan I could get a new phone and just pay 3 dollars a month. Verizon banks on people not checking whether they are dealing with an authorized or unauthorized dealer. Both sell the same crap. Verizon should be held responsible for its products. PERIOD. The phones are not NEW they are refurbished pieces of shit. I am on my 3rd phone, in less than 6 months. I am sure it will not last. All I needed to do from the start, was go to an Apple store and my shattered screen replaced. Verizon knew that, I'm sure. It's time Verizon be held accountable for every dealer selling its shit products
legosh Send email
Nov 10, 2014

Broken Phones

Don't Ever Waist your Money on this Horrid insurance. I am Currently waiting on my third "New" phone from this sorry excuse of a company. The first one they sent me as a replacement doesn't even turn on, I took it to Verizon they worked on it and still nothing, a dud, the second one they sent me has to reside on the charger or it will not stay powered up, you have to keep it plugged into the wall in order for it work... so much for a portable cell phone.. I paid 200$ up front for the full package of insurance that the Verizon store offered, HUGE MISTAKE and THEN had to pay 150$ for a replacement phone, so total of the 350$ down the drain, nothing to show for that money...I do not have a cell phone to use now...I am so dang mad, I wish there was something I could do to get them in trouble with BBB or somewhere, im looking into it now...
mray10 Send email
Apr 30, 2014

Protect Cell Emails that our supposively sent right when you purchase your phone

So, I recently bought an Ipad Air, and an Apple Iphone 5s, at the time of the purchase I spend 200 dollars up front on the insurance plan for 2 years, on both devices, about 3 weeks later i lost my phone so i wanted to get a new one , i go to look at my email and there is no email from protect cell so i cant even login to request a new device, then i call the call center and the girl who answered is super super not caring at all just run of the mill sounds like im talking to a robot, eventually i ask her if i know what email I gave at the store for my phone insurance information to be sent to then why when I go to recover username it asks me for my email address and i type my email address in 1 million ways just because she said it was case sensitive and that there might be a capital letter in there, so after trying all combinations the system just wont let me recover anything it keeps saying user not found. So basically they have my email on file while im talking to them I confirm with them that this is the email and they start telling me how they cant do anything to help me like they cant even send me an email with the information i need, at this point i dont even care that the original reason I called was to get a new phone im just honestly saying to myself is this real life?? I just gave this company 200 dollars on 2 devices to cover me for the next 2 years, so 400$ and then i call to get my username and give them the email that we both have and they cant send me a new password or link to reset anything this is very disturbing, and the length of time it took me to get ahold of an operator in the first place makes me not even want to call back. This is what you call a company that seems to want to help and seems to want you to be able to access things and get new phones but when I actually tried they failed me.
Mom Send email
Jan 18, 2014

Received a stolen phone

When I purchased this insurance I was told that If I had to get a replacement phone it would be new. The first phone I received from protectcell doesn't work so after paying extra to have the phone shipped over night I am still without a phone. I call and they tell me they will send a second replacement. On the day I am suppose to receive the phone they call and tell me they don't have that phone in stock, but they will send me a different type of phone. I agree and they send out the "new" device. I try to activate the phone and it will not activate. So I take the phone to Verizon. They inform me that I am trying to activate a stolen device. At this point I am in shock. How can this "new" phone be stolen? So I call protectcell and they apoligize and tell me they will send a different device. So 11 days later I am still without a phone. I want my money back. I pay this company 120.00 and 25.00 to have the phone overnight and I HAVE NOTHING!!!!! Now lets see if I get the phone Monday. It better work or I am going to be one mad customer......
ProtectCELL Send email
Mar 4, 2013

Response to INGA

Hello Inga,
I’m sorry that there were multiple issues with you taking advantage of you ProtectCELL plan. I’d like to take this time to clear up a few of the misconceptions you spoke of that you viewed as reasons why we’re a “scam”.

1. The reason you received multiple logins from ProtectCELL, is because our plan comes with multiple services so you’re not just getting protection for your phone. You most likely received one for our Rewards Mall, one on your phone for our mobile security applications and your generic account login. These services should be explained to you when you purchased your plan and most stores provide customers with a handout with information on the plan you selected. The reason those are included in our plans are because we want our customers to get value out of the plan even if they don’t need to request another device.

2. As for being sold a plan on device we don’t provide protection for, unfortunately that’s just a sales representative not looking up a device before selling a plan. Because wireless dealers use their own point of sale systems they have to manually look up a device to see if we provide a protection plan. However, the fact that the customer service rep you spoke to was allowing you to pay the admin fee it seems like we were trying to fulfill the request you were attempting to make. Without your account information I can’t be sure on that, but normally we try to help out our customers as much as possible, especially when an avoidable mistake was already made.

3. Your experience with the call center stems from the fact that your situation was unique and the call center representative didn’t want to provide any misinformation. That is the reason he was asking you to talk to someone during business hours so you could talk to our customer service manger so she could help in this unique situation.

I understand you have had a unique experience, but I would like to let you know that ProtectCELL is A rated by the Better Business Bureau, were named to the INC 500 in 2012 and have already sold over 1.5 million plans. I hope you will call our corporate office (248.319.0450) to talk to our Customer Support Manager so we can help you in this unique situation.
inga Send email
Feb 17, 2013

cell phone insurance

I was advised to purchase ProtectCell to insure my new smart phone in case it was lost or broken. However, now that I have been through a bad experience with a shattered phone, I want to share my three complaints in order to warn others away from ProtectCell (They are a scam!)

1) The sign in information that was sent to me failed to log me into my account on their website. In fact, I received multiple login data for the various different services beyond the insurance I ordered. In other words, I was already suspicious once I encountered this many problems even accessing an official account. Smoke and Mirrors in terms of access.

2) I learned that the make and model of phone that I purchased was not covered by the service I purchased. I was immediately asked to pay $150 in administrative fees for simply filing the insurance report for the damaged phone. Why, you might ask, would a company even be allowed to sell an insurance plan to a phone it does not cover? Of course, this is partially the due to faulty information given me by the Verizon store where I purchased it. But Protectcell is certainly at fault, as well. No innocent mistake on their part.

3) Even my experience on the phone with Protectcell was horrible. Greg at the Iowa caller center (877-775-3274) was dismissive, condescending, and simply kept repeating the same lines over and over again, even as I asked new fresh questions to gather all of the information I needed in order to solve my problem (i.e., cancel my service). Instead of answering my questions, he was prepared to send me into a phone-vortex - despite having already told me I could not solve the issue until business hours the next day. Any call center which is happy to send its customers into phone-obscurity is not providing customer service, not even a little bit.

Perhaps more than these three complaints, I would leave you with the more general commentThis company's overall strategy for making money is predatory. Anytime a company inserts this many hurdles between customer need and the actual solution, whether it be on the website interface or through the call system, the scam factor increases 100-fold. Further, Protectcell thrives on the intentional miscommunication that arises from third party, off-site business models.

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