Originally Posted by jmcwobbles
Thanks for the responses guys!
cdebru I'd never looked into rental insurance, I didn't realise how reasonable it is!
neilled thanks for all the info, I did know about the various restrictions etc. but have you ever come across legitimate cases where the insurance companies didn't replace the phone? That's what the guy in the shop was saying, that the companies don't seem to replace pay-as-you-go phones, but I don't see why...
I do agree that it seems logical to get the phone insured while it is costed at €250 - the phone wouldn't depreciate much in value over one year would it?
I don't know why that guy was so set against it - maybe I just got him in a bad mood or something...
Generally speaking I haven't. The reason i've seen most claims rejected is not having reported to the network and gardai within the appropriate timeframe to be sure you need to do this within 24 hours of the handset going missing. I've never dealt with meteor insurance personally but their terms and conditions seem to be fairly standard. As i've said before they have an undue negligence thing like leaving the handset unattended in a bar etc but that's it really. I've not heard bad things about meteor insurance in the past.
O2's eagle star is quite interesting as they seem to source the handsets outside the o2 range. It means sometime if they deem a handset unavailable or their source can't get one, they throw you out a model that a tier up - eg last summer lost 6230i's were replaced with 6280's that were never released on o2! Of course the handset you get is unbranded which is the way I like a handset - no network crippling of a phone.
Carphone warehouse on the other hand do the insurance through a company they own themselves so everything is done in store in the event of theft. Bring the stamped forms in and the info is processed and you can walk out with a handset the same day you lose it. The downside is your unlikely to ever get the o2 situation mentioned above.
Vodafones own is handled by royal sun alliance and works in a similar matter to o2's, go into the store in the event of loss or damage, pick up a claim pack, send it off and you'll have a new handset within a few days. Replacement handsets are vodafone standard models afaik.
Three on the other hand don't have an insurance package per say, but will in the event of loss or damage hand you a new phone if you agree to extend your contract by another 12 months. Not the best deal if your coming towards the end of your contract, if you were halfway through it it might be worthwhile if it was an expensive model. Prepay are on their own.
hope that helps you.