Cellhelmet iPhone case comes with an extended iPhone warranty
If your iPhone breaks while it's inside this U.S.-made case, the company will repair or replace it. The iPhone, that is.
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It works like this: you buy the Cellhelmet for $44.99 shipped, a price that includes your choice of two interchangeable backplate colors.
Then, if your iPhone gets broken (busted screen, won't turn on, etc.) anytime in the next 12 months, you can send it in to CellPig for repair. If they can't repair it, they'll replace it. Either way, they'll overnight it back to you within three business days.
Caveats? A couple. First, there's a $50 handling fee when you file a claim. (Incidentally, Apple charges the same as part of its AppleCare+ warranty.)
On the plus side, you're entitled to unlimited repairs (though just one replacement) within the coverage period -- each one costing you another $50, of course. Still, that's likely to be less -- possibly much less -- than what you'd pay a repair shop.
The case itself consists of a "dense polyurethane rubber (TPU) shell" and measures 4.9 x 2.7 x 0.49 inches. It's made entirely in the United States.
What do you think: deal or no deal? Is this a reasonable ounce of prevention, or would you prefer to take your chances with a different case and more traditional repair options? Personally, I think the case itself is a bit overpriced (something closer to $30 would make me more likely to jump at it), but I love the peace of mind that comes from breakage protection. Because, as I've seen firsthand, gravity happens.
While you're mulling that over, check CellPig's rather amusing Cellhelmet promo: