AT&T has updated its insurance terms and from July 17 it will also cover the iPhone. The insurance program covers your phone against loss, theft, accidental damage including liquid spillage and mechanical / electrical failure. The insurance package costs $4.99 a month plus there is an excess of between $50 and $125; depending on which model phone you have.

AT&T Mobile Insurance Update: Effective July 17, 2011, the Apple iPhone (all models) will be eligible for coverage with the AT&T Mobile Insurance program (formerly Wireless Phone Insurance). Enrollment restrictions apply. Customers can only enroll within 30 days of a new activation or upgrade, prior activations or upgrades outside of 30 days are not eligible.

Previously AT&T would not offer any insurance cover for the iPhone when it was first launched. In 2010 AT&T offered insurance via a third party company at a much higher cost; $11.99 a month with an excess charge of $199. Apple has also been known to replace accidentally damaged iPhones for a flat fee of $199; this is not written in stone and would not include loss or theft either. The need for insurance is obviously down to each individuals circumstances.

Do any of our readers currently insure their iPhone with a third party service? Let us know if you think it is worth it or if you have actually used it to make a claim!

[AT&T via MacRumors]