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January 29, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
On the field, the Seahawks are known for causing turnovers, but off the field, the teams' fans are the ones who are fumbling their devices. Smartphone users who are rooting for the Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII are 46% clumsier than users who are rooting for the Broncos, according to a survey conducted this month by SquareTrade , a San Francisco company that sells device insurance. According to the survey, nearly 25% of fans rooting for the Seahawks have had a cellphone accident within the last 12 months.
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January 29, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
On the field, the Seahawks are known for causing turnovers, but off the field, the teams' fans are the ones who are fumbling their devices. Smartphone users who are rooting for the Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII are 46% clumsier than users who are rooting for the Broncos, according to a survey conducted this month by SquareTrade , a San Francisco company that sells device insurance. According to the survey, nearly 25% of fans rooting for the Seahawks have had a cellphone accident within the last 12 months.
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September 21, 2012
Americans have spent nearly $6 billion on iPhone repairs since Apple first launched the phone in 2007, according to a new study. SquareTrade, which offers device warranties, recently conducted a study surveying more than 2,000 iPhone owners. The study looked at various factors, including "cost of repairs, replacements and insurance deductibles for cracked, dropped, pummeled, kicked, and water-damaged iPhones. " PHOTOS: iPhone frenzy means lines, high-fives around world From there, the company concluded that since June 2007 until last month, the total cost of repairs has added up to $5.9 billion.
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August 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The new Nexus 7 is thinner, lighter and more narrow than its predecessor, and it seems to be more durable too. The latest Google tablet was put through a durability test against the old Nexus 7 as well as the iPad mini and it fared the best. SquareTrade , a company that provides protection plans for mobile devices, conducted the experiment, which included a 5-foot drop test, a slide test and a water dunk test. PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet The drop test cracked the screens of the old Nexus 7 and the iPad mini while the new Nexus 7 incurred a few scratches.
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September 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
We already suspected the iPhone 5 has a tougher, more durable screen than the Samsung Galaxy S III, but now it appears Apple's device might be more water resistant too. SquareTrade, a company that offers device warranties, put the two popular smartphones through a series of durability tests - the most compelling one being a dip in a pool - and the iPhone 5 came out on top. The video, which you can see above, shows the two flagship phones...
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June 7, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
The people who drop tech devices are at it again. This time they've tested Samsung's hot new Galaxy S III smartphone to see how it fares against life's little traumas of clumsy owners, kids and cars. Tech-warranty retailer SquareTrade pitted the S III against Apple's iPhone 4. Based on its drops, the Galaxy S III is better with flailing kids, and the iPhone 4 stands up better to slips from the ear and slides from the car. The first fall, which was more of a release than a drop, was from ear level.
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August 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The new Nexus 7 is thinner, lighter and more narrow than its predecessor, and it seems to be more durable too. The latest Google tablet was put through a durability test against the old Nexus 7 as well as the iPad mini and it fared the best. SquareTrade , a company that provides protection plans for mobile devices, conducted the experiment, which included a 5-foot drop test, a slide test and a water dunk test. PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet The drop test cracked the screens of the old Nexus 7 and the iPad mini while the new Nexus 7 incurred a few scratches.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
So, you just got an iPhone 5, or you're thinking about getting an iPhone 5, and you're wondering whether you should insure it. Replacing a broken iPhone is more expensive than you may realize. The new iPhone starts at $200, but that price is contingent on signing a two-year contract with a carrier.  If you lose your phone or break it beyond repair, expect to pay $650 for a new one. PHOTOS:  Apple iPhone 5 The iPhone 5...
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December 17, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
More and more, shoppers are heeding the advice of consumer advocates who every holiday season warn against buying extended warranties for television sets, cellphones and computers. Steve Abernethy doesn't see this as a problem, even though his company, SquareTrade, is in what he has dubbed the "obsolescence-proofing" business. It sells guarantees against any electronic product's failure or your money back, no matter where you bought it.
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April 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone has many more software features than its rivals, but it's also more fragile. The GS4 received the highest score for breakability in a test that also included its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, and its main rival, the iPhone 5. The results of the test, conducted by SquareTrade , a company that provides protection plans for mobile devices, revealed that the new phone is not only more likely to be damaged but also...
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September 26, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
So, you just got an iPhone 5, or you're thinking about getting an iPhone 5, and you're wondering whether you should insure it. Replacing a broken iPhone is more expensive than you may realize. The new iPhone starts at $200, but that price is contingent on signing a two-year contract with a carrier.  If you lose your phone or break it beyond repair, expect to pay $650 for a new one. PHOTOS:  Apple iPhone 5 The iPhone 5...
BUSINESS
September 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
We already suspected the iPhone 5 has a tougher, more durable screen than the Samsung Galaxy S III, but now it appears Apple's device might be more water resistant too. SquareTrade, a company that offers device warranties, put the two popular smartphones through a series of durability tests - the most compelling one being a dip in a pool - and the iPhone 5 came out on top. The video, which you can see above, shows the two flagship phones...
NEWS
September 21, 2012
Americans have spent nearly $6 billion on iPhone repairs since Apple first launched the phone in 2007, according to a new study. SquareTrade, which offers device warranties, recently conducted a study surveying more than 2,000 iPhone owners. The study looked at various factors, including "cost of repairs, replacements and insurance deductibles for cracked, dropped, pummeled, kicked, and water-damaged iPhones. " PHOTOS: iPhone frenzy means lines, high-fives around world From there, the company concluded that since June 2007 until last month, the total cost of repairs has added up to $5.9 billion.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
The people who drop tech devices are at it again. This time they've tested Samsung's hot new Galaxy S III smartphone to see how it fares against life's little traumas of clumsy owners, kids and cars. Tech-warranty retailer SquareTrade pitted the S III against Apple's iPhone 4. Based on its drops, the Galaxy S III is better with flailing kids, and the iPhone 4 stands up better to slips from the ear and slides from the car. The first fall, which was more of a release than a drop, was from ear level.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
More and more, shoppers are heeding the advice of consumer advocates who every holiday season warn against buying extended warranties for television sets, cellphones and computers. Steve Abernethy doesn't see this as a problem, even though his company, SquareTrade, is in what he has dubbed the "obsolescence-proofing" business. It sells guarantees against any electronic product's failure or your money back, no matter where you bought it.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
If smartphones could talk, they'd probably tell of how much smarter they are than their owners. We users put them through all the elements and then some. Fire, water, wind, snow, safari -- they've seen it all. Consumer electronics warranty provider SquareTrade asked owners to post on Facebook some of the trials and tribulations their phones endured. Several met their demise by car -- either sliding off the top of the car into traffic or just being dropped by overwhelmed or clumsy hands and getting run over as the car backed out. Some got dunked in a coffee bath like a biscotti at breakfast.
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July 19, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Nexus 7 looks to be a tougher tablet than the iPad, based on a YouTube video showing it outperforming its Apple counterpart in a series of durability and water-resistance tests. The Nexus 7 is the first Google-developed tablet and began shipping to customers last week. With a starting price of $199, the tablet is being heralded as the first legitimate challenger to the iPad, and the video posted Thursday showing the device outlasting Apple's tablet only helps that claim. SquareTrade, a third-party warranty provider, which made and uploaded the video, put the two tablets through three tests: a standing-level drop, sitting level-drop and a dunk in a bathtub.
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