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Q. What is Gadget Insurance?

Gadget insurance is a cost effective way to insure your mobile phone device. It is only when something goes wrong that we truly understand their value, not only financially but personally and the inconvenience that can be caused. By purchasing Gadget Insurance you can mitigate the financial risk of your handset becoming broken, lost or stolen which may include not only the cost of the gadget its self but also any additional costs incurred such as through unauthorised usage which may otherwise leave you with a large unexpected phone bill to pay.

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Q. What types of Gadget does a Swipe policy cover?

For the purpose of the policy a gadget is a mobile phone only.

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Q. How do I find out my IMEI number?

The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identification) number of your mobile phone or smart phone handset is a unique identification code that is specific to your handset alone. It can be obtained by dialling *#06# or by checking under the battery of your handset.

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Q. Is there an age restriction on the Gadget(s) that I can insure under a policy?

Each gadget must be less than 4 months old from the date it was purchased as new (this is the date on the original purchase receipt).

Once you cover a gadget with us however you can continue to insure that gadget by renewing your policy each year.

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Q. What perils can be covered under our gadget policies?

As we cannot and do not offer advice on which insurance product best meets your individual demands and needs, we instead provide product information and offer variable levels of cover so you can choose the product that best suits your individual requirements.

Below is a summary of the different perils we are able to cover (subject to the policy level you select, terms and condition apply):

  • Accidental Damage - We will repair or replace your gadget if it is damaged as the result of accidental damage, providing the gadget is returned to us.

  • Liquid Damage - We will repair or replace your gadget if it is damaged as the result of accidental liquid damage, for example accidentally spilling a drink on to your gadget or dropping your gadget in the sink, a puddle or down the toilet, providing the gadget is returned to us.

  • Mechanical Breakdown - We will repair or replace your gadget if it suffers mechanical or electrical breakdown outside of the manufacturer’s warranty, providing the gadget is returned to us. Please note that this cover only applies if the breakdown occurs outside the manufacturer’s guarantee period.

  • Cracked Screen - We will repair or replace your gadget if it one or more of the screens suffer accidental damage causing them to crack, providing the gadget is returned to us.

  • Malicious Damage - If your gadget is damaged through the intentional or deliberate actions of another party we will repair it. Where only part or parts of your gadget have been damaged, we will only replace that part or parts.

  • Accessories - In the event of a claim being agreed by us in respect of your gadget, we will replace any accessories that you purchased at the same time as your handset should they become damaged, stolen or lost at the same time as your gadget, up to the maximum specified in for the policy selected.

  • Worldwide Cover - Cover is extended to include use of the gadget anywhere in the world, for unlimited trips up to a maximum of 45 days per trip.

  • Unauthorised Usage - If your gadget is lost or stolen, and the loss or theft is covered by your policy, we will refund the cost of unauthorised calls, messages and downloads made from it after the time it was lost or stolen up to a maximum of £2500 (including VAT) (Premium and Ultimate policies only).

  • E-Wallet Protection - If your gadget is lost or stolen, and the loss or theft is covered by your policy, we will refund the cost of unauthorised transactions made from your Credit/Debit card via your gadget, after it was lost or stolen, using an e-Wallet facility (providing an e-Wallet PIN has been set for all transactions), up to a maximum of £500 (including VAT), (Premium and Ultimate policies only).

  • Theft - If you suffer theft of your gadget we will replace it (in respect of a valid theft claim), (Gold and Platinum policies only).

  • Loss - If you accidentally lose your gadget we will replace it (in respect of a valid loss claim), (Platinum policies only).

All of the above are subject to the policy terms and condition, exclusions apply.

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Q. Who does my policy cover?

The main policy holder must be older than 18 years of age and a permanent resident in the UK

The policy extends cover to immediate family (of any age), including your children, spouse, partner, or parents or your children, brothers or sisters who permanently reside with you.

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Q. How soon will I receive my policy documents after purchasing a policy with you?

Your policy is instantly available for you to download once payment has been taken. A link to download your policy documentation will also be sent to you via the email address you provide us. Please note that some internet providers may accidentally filter our automated e-mails as SPAM so please check your SPAM/junk folder if the e-mail has not been received. You can also login via the website and download your documents at any time. If you are having trouble accessing your documents and need help, please email us at gadget.sales@swipeinsurance.co.uk and we will assist you.

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Q. Can I insure my gadget if I live outside of the UK?

Unfortunately this is not possible. Our policies and the pages on this website are intended for use by UK residents only and comply with appropriate UK legislation and regulation.

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Q. How do I purchase insurance?

Protecting your Gadget(s) is quick and easy. Insurance can be purchased online with immediate cover, simply get a quote and buy online today.

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Q. How can I pay for my insurance?

You can choose to pay for your insurance by paying either an annual payment or by monthly payment on a rolling contract.

Direct Debit payments will be collected by Taurus Insurance. The name Taurus Insurance will appear on your bank statement when the payment is taken.

Card payments and all other types of payment will be collected by Taurus Insurance Services Ltd. The name Taurus Insurance Services Ltd may appear on your credit or debit card statement.

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Q. How is Taurus Insurance authorised to take Direct Debits / payments from my bank account?

When you accept to purchase an insurance policy via www.swipeinsurance.co.uk and choose the Direct Debit payment option you are required to complete a Direct Debit instruction either online or manually by downloading and printing our Direct Debit Mandate form. The Direct Debit instruction to your bank authorises Taurus Insurance to take these payment(s) on our behalf. All Direct Debits are backed by the Direct Debit Guarantee. Taurus Insurance will send you confirmation of your direct debit payment(s) schedule in by email once the Direct Debit is set-up.

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Q. How does a Direct Debit payment work?

A Direct Debit is an instruction from a customer to their bank or building society authorising an organisation to collect varying amounts from their account, as long as the customer has been given advance notice of the collection amounts and dates. In accepting insurance from Swipe, you have agreed that we send your personal and bank details to the insurance administrators to enable us to arrange for your gadget to be insured from the moment your insurance has been accepted.

In order to set up a Direct Debit, the organisation you wish to pay will ask you to complete a Direct Debit Instruction. You will need to provide your name and address, name and address of your bank/building society (where applicable), your bank/building society account number and branch sort code. You should ensure that all the details are correct.

The organisation will update their payment records and forward the instruction on to your bank/building society. The instruction to them gives the organisation authority to collect varying agreed amounts from your account on dates agreed with you.

The organisation will give you advance notice of a collection of dates and amounts. Check these details are correct. Should you wish to query any of the details contact the organisation straight away. There is nothing further you need to do apart from ensure you have sufficient funds in your account.

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Q. Is it possible to change the date that my Direct Debit payment comes out of my bank account?

Unfortunately you are unable to change the date of the Direct Debit collection from your bank account. The date is set and agreed with your bank and we then confirm the set-up of your Direct Debit instruction and future payment schedule.

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Q. How do I pay by Manual Direct Debit?

If you have a business bank account, or an account where you require two signatories to authorise payment you will need to download our manual Direct Debit Mandate. Print this form, complete - ensuring to clearly write your quote reference number on the form - and return to the address detailed on the form – Taurus Insurance, Suite 2209-2217, Eurotowers, Europort Road, Gibraltar.

If you do not write your quote reference on the form or if you do not send the form in within 14 days of the quote date the quote will be invalid and this may hold up covering your devices. Your gadgets will not be covered until your Direct Debit Instruction is received by Taurus Insurance and you have been advised by us by letter or email that your policy has been setup. Alternatively if you need immediate cover you may choose to pay by using another bank account or credit or debit card.

We strongly advise that you consider sending your supporting documentation by Royal Mail Recorded or Special Delivery as this provides a greater assurance that it reaches us and within a safe and timely manner. However, if you chose to send your documentation by Standard Mail the assurances can be somewhat reduced and the validation of your policy may be delayed.

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Q. In the event I claim how much is the excess on my device?

What is an excess? If you make a claim you are liable to bear some of the cost of repairing or replacing your gadget and the insurer bears the rest. All insurers do this to ensure that the policy holder carries some financial risk and is therefore encouraged to take reasonable care of their device. Swipe has worked with our Insurer to keep excesses low for the majority of gadgets.

Incident Date After Policy Inception Standard Excess
30 Days or less £100
Over 30 days up to 60 days £90
Over 60 days up to 90 days £80
Over 90 days up to 120 days £70
Over 120 days up to 150 days £60
Over 150 Days £50

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Q. When does my insurance policy end?

Monthly policies: As per your Certificate of Insurance, if you have chosen a Monthly Policy it will continue until you cancel your policy with us by written confirmation. Your Certificate of Insurance additionally states that your policy will end if we do not receive your premium payments. This does not affect your 14 day statutory right to cancel. Upon cancellation, cover will terminate at the end of the month for which you have paid your premium (subject to your 14 day Statutory right to cancel).

Annual policies: As per your Certificate of Insurance, if you have chosen an Annual Policy your period of insurance is 12 months from the date of purchase or renewal. Upon cancellation, cover will terminate immediately and providing you have not made a claim you will receive a pro rata refund of the premium (subject to your 14 day Statutory right to cancel).

Please note: If you do cancel your policy, your gadget will no longer be covered against any of the eventualities that your policy covers.

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Q. Will my annual policy automatically renew after the 12 month period?

Yes, we will auto renew your annual policy. You will be contacted up to 30 days before the renewal date of your policy and we will tell you about any changes to the premium or the policy terms and conditions. If you do not want to auto renew your policy, you just need to contact the policy Administrator on the contact details provided in the renewal notice. If you do nothing then the renewal premium will be taken using the payment details provided at the time of the initial purchase. If your payment details have changed you will need to update your payment details before the renewal date to ensure your gadgets remain covered. Please contact us to do this.

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Q. How do I get another copy of my policy documents?

Simply login to your account via the Swipe website or contact us and we will be able to send you a duplicate copy of your documents by email.

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Q. How do I make an insurance claim?

You can make a claim online 24/7 via our online claims form.

You must register your claim as soon as possible from discovery of the incident (or in the event of an incident occurring outside of the United Kingdom, as soon as possible on returning to the United Kingdom).

Please read and follow our claim procedure to ensure your claim is processed with the minimum delay. Failure to observe these procedures may invalidate your claim.

For Theft, loss and Malicious Damage Claims - you must notify the appropriate local Police authority within 24 hours of discovering the incident and obtain a Crime Reference / Lost Property number and a copy of the Police Crime Report. Should you be claiming for the Theft or Loss of your mobile phone you must also contact your Network Provider within 24 hours of discovering the incident to place a call bar on the handset.

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Q. How can I report theft or malicious damage to the police?

You should either contact your local police station or the police station local to where the incident happened. If the incident happens in another country then the police station local to where the incident happened in that country.

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Q. Do I need to report any theft or loss of my phone to my network provider?

You need to report the theft and loss of any phone to your airtime provider and blacklist it within 48 hours of discovery. If you do not do this we will be unable to approve your claim.

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Q. What happens if an incident happens and the Swipe call centre is closed, i.e. such as at the weekend?

That's fine, you can make a claim online via our online claims form which is available 24/7. For details on how to make a claim please visit our make a claim page which includes details of our call center opening hours should you require any further assistance.

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Q. Do I need to supply a receipt if I make a claim?

In the event of a claim you will need to provide the original receipt for the purchase of your gadget for which you are claiming. The receipt must be in the same family name. If you do not possess or were never issued with a receipt for your gadget (as they were provided free as part of a contract, e.g. mobile phone), you will need to provide evidence of the original order and/or contract under which the gadget was supplied.

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Q. What do I do if my gadget was provided free as part of a contract, e.g. my mobile phone?

If your gadget was provided to you as part of a contract, and you part paid or the cost of the gadget was free to you, you will be required to provide evidence of the original order and/or contract under which the gadget was supplied and the current retail price of the gadget from the internet or high street retailer.

Evidence of this will be required in the event of claim and is required by us to prevent fraud / the receipt of stolen goods.

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Q. What should I do if I replace one of my insured items?

You should contact us so that we can update your policy. Please see the contact us page for details.

If you have purchased a family bundle policy, you can add, remove and update your devices online.

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Q. Am I covered if I bought my phone from an auction site?

We can only insure gadget(s) that are:

  1. purchased new or refurbished from a UK VAT registered (or the equivalent tax if purchased overseas) company and supplied with a proof of purchase.
  2. purchased second hand or gifted to you, provided that you have the proof of purchase (which corresponds to notes 1 above) and a signed letter from the original owner confirming that you own the gadget(s). The signed letter must include the following details of your gadget(s):
    • a. either the IMEI or serial number (whichever is applicable);
    • b. the make and model;
    • c. the sale price;
    • d. confirmation that the gadget(s) were in full working order at the time of sale.
  3. registered and appear on your Schedule of Insurance.

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Q. Can I make a claim on behalf of someone I know?

Due to the Data Protection Act and the GDPR, you cannot claim on behalf of another individual.

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Q. How can I check the status of my insurance claim?

To check the status of your claim please visit our online claims portal and click the 'Let's go' button in the 'Check Status of a claim' section.

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Q. How do I cancel my policy?

Within the first 14 days you may cancel your policy at any time without reason and receive a full refund, provided no claim has been made.

After the Cooling off Period you can cancel cover at any time by contacting Swipe Gadget Insurance by telephone, email or post.

If you pay your premium by monthly instalments, your policy will be cancelled at the next monthly anniversary of the date your policy commenced. There will be no refund of premium due.

If you paid your insurance premium as a single upfront payment and providing no claim has been made under the policy, you will receive a proportionate refund of premium based on the unused period of cover under the policy. Policy cover will cease from the date we receive your cancellation instructions or from a later date at your request. If a claim has been made by you, we will cancel your cover but not refund any premium.

You can email gadget.sales@swipeinsurance.co.uk

Or write to:

Taurus Insurance
Suite 2209-2217
Europort Road
GX11 1AA

Please note that if you do cancel your policy, your gadget will no longer be covered against any hazards that your policy covers.

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Q. How do I make a complaint or raise a general query?

We welcome all queries and questions. Please contact us.

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