Cellhelmet injection-molded case guarantees your iPhone for a year, aims to end insurance payments

Cellhelmet injection-molded case guarantees your iPhone for a year, aims to end insurance payments
Over at Kickstarter, where startups try and crowdsource an initial round of investment, a pretty interesting project is underway. Called Cellhelmet, it is essentially an iPhone case made of injection-molded Thermoplastic polyurethane rubber (TPU) to protect the handset inside from drops, throws, bumps and so on - the founder guarantees various types of rough treatments but water damage, of course.

This guarantee goes as far as a replacement warranty if something happens to your device while inside a cellhelmet, with a proof of purchase. You send your device, pay a $50 handling fee, and it gets returned to you repaired within three days, or entirely replaced with a new one, if the damage is irreparable, limited to one replacement per guarantee.

The cellhelmet case itself costs $44.99, and you can color the otherwise boring TPU material with swappable backplates, two of which come with your cellhelmet, in the colors of your choosing. The case is adding a bit of bulk to the iPhone, at 0.48" (12.38mm), which is pretty good compared to some other ways to ruggedize your iPhone.


The founder Bryan McHenry hopes that people will appreciate the fact that the cellhelmet comes with a full protection guarantee via the Global Warranty Group for a year, and this way they save on expensive iPhone insurance. The Cellhelmet project has gathered north of $8, 000 at the time of writing, well on the way to its $10, 000 goal that will ensure the first round of production comes out on schedule March 8. Any pledges?

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6 Comments

1. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

So if your iPhone breaks in one of these things it's gonna cost a total of $94.99? $44.99 for the case and a $50 handling fee? Plus only one replacement per guarantee? I don't think a lot of people are going to get this. If your guarantee fails, you don't charge people to send their phone to you to be repaired. You should repair the device for free and offer a full refund if the customer doesn't want to keep the case. That's how a guarantee should work.

2. sauceboss66

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

So you would rather pay a monthly fees and and a deductible than just their "handling fee?" Plus you get a nice case. If you read more about their product on other sites they also except used iPhones...which no one else does. I feel like people will like this!

3. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I think this could be a good deal. $100ish if you break your phone isn't too bad. You also have to work in the fact that with that $100, you get a case. If this comes with a screen protector I would probably get one. Because when you think about it, to buy a little rinky dink case and a screen protector it's going to be about $45 anyway. That's why many people buy Otter Box's, because they offer such great protection for only $50. Most people don't like how bulky they are though, so this could be a nice alternative.

4. technerd_87

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

It's amazing how people will find reasons to complain no matter what. Sure, there are ways that this could be a *better* deal, but good luck finding a more cost-efficient way to protect your phone than this. Very nice strides in the mobile protection industry!

5. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

why wouldn't you just pay $100 for applecare+? you get two claims a year at $50 a piece and unlimited battery replacement..

6. technerd_87

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

You're definitely entitled to your opinion. I really like this one though because the $44.99 covers a case, unlimited repairs, one full replacement, and even used iPhones can get this.

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