The right credit card could protect you if your iPhone is damaged or stolen

Cracked iPhone screen
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As technology continues to improve and Apple pushes the envelope in the mobile space, the price to replace an iPhone becomes very costly. AppleCare+ is convenient, but it can cost up to $299 (plus applicable service fees) and may not even be necessary depending on which credit card is in your wallet. Having a great credit card with added cell phone warranty coverage can serve as protection if you accidentally drop your phone or it gets stolen.

If you're in the market for a new credit card, you might as well look for one that also comes with cell phone warranty benefits. Also worth noting, each of our recommendations require you to pay your monthly carrier service bill with the card in order to be eligible for protection. With all that said, here are our top picks:

For business owners or self-employed individuals, the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card is a great choice. As a sign-up bonus, you'll earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months, which is worth $1,000 in travel credit from Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Additionally, It comes packed with features like 3x points earning on travel and select business categories, no foreign transaction fees, and free additional cards for employees. A $95 annual fee applies.

In addition to protecting your iPhone, the Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa® Card is a great everyday credit card. To start, you'll be eligible for a $150 cash rewards bonus after spending $500 in the first 3 months. Next, you'll earn unlimited 1.5% Cash Rewards and 1.8% Cash Rewards on Google Pay or Apple Pay during the first 12 months from account opening. It has no annual fee and the $1,000 minimum spend for the $200 Cash Rewards Bonus is relatively easy to meet, no matter your life situation. No annual fee.

For those who regularly use Uber to get around and also spend regularly on dining purchases, the Uber Visa Card is a smart choice. First off, there's a sign-up bonus of $100 cash back after spending $500 spend in 3 months. Additional features of this card include 4% cash back on restaurants, take out, bars, and UberEATS purchases, 3% cash back on hotels, vacation homes, and airfare purchases, 2% cash back on online shopping and streaming purchases, and 1% cash back on all other purchases. This card also offers up to a $50 statement credit when you spend $5,000 in total purchases for eligible online subscription services like Apple Music, Netflix and Hulu within the first year. No annual fee.

Another credit card that includes cell phone warranty benefits is the U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card. This card comes with a 0% introductory APR on purchases and balances transfers for the first 20 billing cycles, making it a good card option for those who are planning a large purchase. While this can be a great benefit, it's important to note that this card doesn't come with cash back or bonus point earning potential. No annual fee.

Things to keep in mind

As with everything related to credit cards, the cell phone warranty benefits include a ton of nuances so definitely read through all of the fine print and FAQs to make sure you're particular use-case is covered. Also, it's important to note that all of the cards we recommended above require you to charge your cell phone bill to them in order to qualify for device protection.

Daniel DeSilva