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5 Ways To Protect Your Smartphone

So, Slick, you went out and invested in some flashy smartphone so you can do productive things like check hoops scores; read the latest Britney, Lindsay, and Paris gossip; and, oh yeah, receive work e-mails, too. That's great. You rock. Now, what are you going to do to keep your new purchase safe from the dangerous world out there? Here are a handful of ideas to prevent your smartphone from becoming a casualty of the business environment.
So, Slick, you went out and invested in some flashy smartphone so you can do productive things like check hoops scores; read the latest Britney, Lindsay, and Paris gossip; and, oh yeah, receive work e-mails, too. That's great. You rock. Now, what are you going to do to keep your new purchase safe from the dangerous world out there? Here are a handful of ideas to prevent your smartphone from becoming a casualty of the business environment.It must have been divine intervention. When I bought my first Treo, a little voice in my head said, "Pay for the protection plan, stupid!" Going against my better judgment, I decided to pony up the $4.99 per month fee to insure the $400 device against misfortune. It turns out that was money well spent.

It wasn't a month later before my Treo managed to slip from my jacket pocket whilst I disembarked from a cab and split open upon smacking into the street. It all happened in slow motion, of course, and the Treo's journey through space and time seemed to last an eternity as I fumbled madly for it. Much to the Treo's dismay, I am just not that coordinated, and it died an early death.

I brought the shattered remains to the local wireless store a day later in a shoebox like it was my dead pet from fifth grade. They may not have replaced it on the spot, but I eventually did get a new Treo in the mail (and a bit of a scolding from that store manager).

There's also the time I accidentally dropped my former manager's Sierra Wireless Voq Phone into a glass of wine, but we won't get into that one...

If you're looking to avoid tragedies such as these, here are a few pointers: