Malawi to insure Blackberry & Samsung handsets
TELECOMS| July 25, 2012, 2:26 p.m.
By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi
Blackberry and Samsung handset owners have something to smile about as Airtel Malawi and Nico General Insurance have come up with an insurance package for their devices.
Airtel Malawi Managing Director Saulos Chilima hailed the insurance cover, Cellsure, as the final solution to give relief to consumers who own these mobile phone handsets.
“This will enable customers to get back their mobile phones when lost or stolen,” said Chilima. “An insured Blackberry and Samsung will give peace of mind and the freedom to users and enable them continue with their business when their phones have been replaced.”
Nico General Chief Executive Officer Eric Chapola agreed with Chilima on the insurance cover.
“Cellsure will help ease the lives of mobile phone owners as they will be assured that they will have their handsets replaced once lost or stolen,” Chapola reiterated Chilima’s point.
He said although Malawi already has insurance products for mobile phones but the one created through their partnership with Airtel is a special one.
“What we have done today is to change the strategy,” said Chapola during the launch of the insurance policy in Blantyre last week.
He said the current arrangement would enable them to insure the phone from the point of sale.
“The moment you buy a phone, it gets insured at that point,” Chapola said before warning the customers against carelessness.
“Cellsure will only cover accidents,” he said and categorically pointed out that people should not expect their gadgets to be replaced if they damage them deliberately.
Chilima said this partnership is going to transform the whole telecommunication sector in Malawi as this is a solution to redefine the essence of Blackberry.
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