Strange Insurance: Which body part has your favourite celebrity insured?

Our latest research revealed the body parts that the average Brit would insure if given the chance – but for many celebrities, this isn’t just a pipe dream.

Our data revealed the body part that the average person would be most likely to insure – with a quarter of Brits confessing they’d insure their hands if they could.

However, the same can’t be said for certain celebrities who choose to insure their best money-making assets for millions. It is rumoured that Kardashian queen Kim has insured her bum for around $21m!

However, only 5% of British females would do the same and choose to insure their bum. Surprisingly, men are more likely to do so, with 7% wanting to insure their behinds.

But what about our action heroes of the cinema screen? 007 hunk Daniel Craig is believed to have insured his whole body for $9.5 million. To throw punches with the likes of 007, Brits agree that arms need to be kept in good shape, and almost 1 in 5 (18%) Brits say they’d consider insuring them.

Every friendly face needs an award-winning smile and actress Julia Roberts knows all about this. She’s said to have insured her Pretty Woman smile for an impressive $30 million. Brits want to try and keep their smile beaming to the same standard with 18% revealing they’d also insure their mouths. This seems to be a trend as Ugly Betty star America Ferrera is rumoured to have done the same, insuring her smile for $10 million.

Apparently ‘it’s not unusual’ to want to insure your chest hair either. Rumour has it Tom Jones has done exactly that – insuring his infamous chest hair for $7 million. Men of Britain have taken interest in following the footsteps of the well-loved Welshman with 12% confessing they’d do the same.

From sporting stars to pop princesses, legs are arguably one of the most preferred body parts to get insured. David Beckham reportedly insured his left and right pegs for $70 million, whereas country singer turned pop sensation Taylor Swift has supposedly done the same for $40 million.

It seems Brits would like to follow suit, with 23% revealing they’d also consider insuring their legs.

With possibly one of the strangest body parts to be insured, popstar Miley Cyrus is rumoured to have insured her tongue for $1 million.

Keeping with the strange theme, 4% of Brits would insure their nails and a whopping 1 in 10  would financially protect private parts!

Guess you’ve got to have everything covered…

iPhone vs. Android

iPhone vs. Android – what the data tells us

iPhone vs. Android is an age-old debate with the power to create heated arguments no matter where you are – you could be at home with your families, out and about with close friends or even at your desk working – but as soon a comment is made in favour of iPhones or Androids, you’re sure to witness a dividing debate.

But we’d like to know why this is. What really makes an iPhone or an Android user?

We’ve collated data around the attitudes, habits and general quirks of British Android and iPhone fans.

 

iPhone or Android? % more likely than the other brand user
Is a female iPhone 18.04%
Thinks of themselves as well dressed iPhone 12.13%
Thinks they have bad social skills Android 10.93%
Visits Greggs Android 10.48%
Failing their children is one of their biggest concerns iPhone 10.43%
It’s important that their families approve of their partner iPhone 10.33%
Visits Marks & Spencer iPhone 9.21%
Visits Poundland Android 8.69%
Has expensive taste iPhone 8.47%
Values family over everything iPhone 8.45%
Thinks weddings are a waste of money Android 8.23%
Thinks marriage is an outdated institution Android 7.04%
Thinks it’s important to find their place in society iPhone 6.34%
Buys clothes from George Android 6.27%
Buys clothes from ASOS iPhone 6.09%
Only buys the best-known brands iPhone 5.38%
Visits Nando’s iPhone 5.06%
Uber user iPhone 5%

 

Survival in the age of ‘always on’ – Better Buy Insurance’s ten-point guide

Mobile phone insurance provider Better Buy Insurance has teamed up with a leading addiction expert to produce a guide for survival in the age of ‘always on’.

‘Always on’ refers to the phenomenon of feeling constantly contactable, and the anxiety many feel as a result when they are without their phone.

The guide has been produced with Dr Mark Griffiths, who is a psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction at Nottingham Trent University.

  1. Don’t go cold turkey

Griffiths says: “Start by proving to yourself that you can go 15 minutes without your phone. Over time, increase the length of time without checking some of your favourite apps until you get into a daily habit of being able to spend a few hours without the need to check your phone.

  1. Set aside daily periods of self-imposed non-screen time

“Meal times and bedtime are a good starting place – in fact, these rooms should be made technology-free. Another strategy to try is having a technology-free day at the weekends.

  1. Only respond to emails and texts at specific times of the day

“Looking at emails just three times a day – perhaps at 9am, 1pm and 4pm – will save lots of time in the long run. Turning off email and social media, disabling push notifications, or simply putting your phone on silent will also reduce the urge to constantly check mobile devices.

  1. Keep your phone only partially charged up

“This means users have to be sparing when checking their mobile devices.

  1. Use a proper alarm clock

“By using a standard alarm clock to wake you in the morning, you will avoid the temptation to look at emails and texts just as you are about to go to sleep or just as you wake up – or in the middle of the night if you are a workaholic!

  1. Wear a wristwatch

“Many people check the time using the phone, but this can also lead to noticing a text, email or Tweet. By using an old-fashioned wristwatch – not a smart watch! – the urge to reply to messages will decrease.

  1. Engage in activities where it is impossible or frowned upon to use your phone

“Engage in digitally-incompatible activities where it is impossible to access your phone simultaneously, like jogging, swimming, meditation, outdoor walks in wi-fi free areas, or going to places where technology is frowned upon, like places of worship or yoga classes. In social situations, you could even turn people’s need to check their phones into a game. At the pub, the first one to check their phone has to buy the next round!

  1. Reduce your contact lists

“Reduce your number of Facebook friends, stop following irrelevant blogs, delete unused apps and unsubscribe from online groups that have few benefits.

  1. Tell your work colleagues and friends

“Checking emails and texts can become an almost compulsive behaviour because of what psychologists have termed ‘FOMO’ (fear of missing out). But by telling everyone you know that you will not be online for a few hours, they will be less likely to contact you in the first place and you will be less likely check for messages.

  1. Fill the void

“You must replace the activity of checking your phone with something that is either physically, psychologically or spiritually rewarding. When I’m on holiday, I catch up on all the novels that I’ve been meaning to read. In shorter spaces of time, I doodle, write ‘to do’ lists, generate ideas to write about, or simply do nothing and be mindful and aware of the present moment). In short, try to be productive – or unproductive – without having to resort to technology.”

Love and ‘Appiness: How to create the perfect dating profile!

Online dating can be a daunting experience. There are thousands of profiles on the web and on dating apps, each with the same goal: finding love.

So, how can you can stand out from the crowd? Whatever your situation may be, and whatever you’re looking for, rest assured that with these helpful tips you’ll be giving yourself the best chance of finding that special someone.

First impressions count

Despite what you might hear, the best way to give your profile a boost is to include a number – and variety – of photos. So, yes, the five selfies you have standing in your bathroom mirror with the same top on have to go. Really. A picture says a thousand words, so you should use this space on your profile to showcase your hobbies, interests or anything that is special in your life.

 It’s all about you!

Granted, this tip might seem a bit obvious, but it’s crucial that your profile conveys who you really are. What details make you, you? You might not like them yourself, but a potential date might just love them! The biography on your profile lets other people understand you that little bit better and might even be a conversation starter! Embrace your uniqueness, there may be over 7 billion people on the planet, but there’s only one you.

Your bio could be make or break, so make sure you keep it relevant – save the deep and meaningful stuff for another time and keep it positive – let people know what you love, not what you hate! Above all, make sure it’s easy to read, well-structured and concise.

Be honest

Whether you’re tall, short or somewhere in between, it’s important to be upfront and honest. The last thing you want is for those little white lies to come back and haunt you! Online dating is full of people pretending to be something they’re not, so authenticity is key!

The truth is, there aren’t any hard and fast physical parameters that make someone an ideal partner. Whatever your shape or size, there’s going to be someone who finds you attractive.

As well as being honest about who you are, you should be honest about what you want. If you’re looking for a short-term relationship or just for somebody to walk the dogs with on a Saturday afternoon, you should mention it. By doing this you can filter out people who just aren’t going to be right for you and you’ll be one step closer to finding your ideal partner!

Why our own model of the world informs our beliefs about sharing passwords in a relationship

Would you trust a partner not to access your personal accounts after a break-up?

New research conducted by mobile phone insurance provider Better Buy Insurance suggests that nearly two-thirds of Brits (65%) don’t.

We asked performance trainer and life coach Jamie Skipper to share his views on the debate around trust and privacy in relationships.

As a life coach and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner, I’ve coached hundreds of clients with “trust issues”.

I’ve also had the great pleasure of working with clients on their relationships and have even been a mediator between husband and wife.

And the one thing that always comes to the surface is the issue of trust.

In this context, the question many may ask is ‘why wouldn’t you share your passwords with your partner if you have nothing to hide?’.

To answer that, go back 30 years and ask yourself if you’d share your personal diary with your partner.

Your every thought and feeling about your life, in every changing moment?

You might answer ‘yes’, but I want you to really think about that for a moment.

We don’t keep diaries these days in the digital world, although we do have apps and notepads that can replace it.

Imagine your life on your smart phone – everything – your contacts, your messages, your social media, pictures and videos, everything stored digitally in the palm of your hand!

I believe trust starts with ‘the self’.  Everyone has different values and beliefs and we need to respect those, and when we think about our own individual view of the world, there’s no right or wrong.

In this context, both of the following statements, ‘If you have nothing to hide then you would share your passwords’ and ‘If you trusted me, I wouldn’t need to share my passwords’ are right according to your beliefs.

Know thyself before you ask your partner for their password or to share their phone.

Respect other people’s privacy and individuality, respect their model of the world and remember that your beliefs are not necessarily theirs.

Some people keep journals or notes on their phones, or they may have messaged their friends about an argument you had, or a friend may have confided in you and sent a personal message that is between friends.

It doesn’t always mean that someone is cheating on you if they don’t want to show you their phone or share their accounts with you.

Would you trust a partner not to access your personal accounts after a break-up?

“He was logging on to my Facebook account and deleting my male friends!”

New research conducted by mobile phone insurance provider Better Buy Insurance suggests nearly two-thirds of Brits (65%) say they’d change their passwords, while nearly four in ten (38%) say they wouldn’t feel comfortable about a current partner having access to their personal accounts.

We asked subjects from our survey group to share their own experiences of social media and exchanging passwords in a relationship.

Becky from Manchester admits she wishes she’d changed her password following a recent break-up with a boyfriend.

“My ex knew my passwords to everything and when we broke up he was logging onto my Facebook and Instagram, and unfriending and unfollowing pretty much every boy I had on there,” said Becky.

“I only found out because my friends asked me why I had unfriended them, when I knew I hadn’t.

“I had a hunch it was him, so I confronted him, and he said he did it because he didn’t want me speaking to them.

“He was on my Instagram and Facebook accounts, snooping and reading all my messages, and deleting everyone for about a month before I realised.”

Sarah, who is from Sheffield, says she discovered something unexpected when snooping on a partner’s phone.

“I was in a relationship with a guy who had cheated on his ex-girlfriend with me before breaking up with her to be with me,” explains Sarah.

“A couple of months passed with no problems, I trusted him and we had a great time.

“But he eventually became a little distant and started acting the way he had when he was cheating on his ex-girlfriend.

“I approached him about it and he told me I had nothing to worry about and that I was being paranoid, but he continued to act strange.

“One day when he’d gone to the bathroom, I snooped on his phone and found that on a night where he’d told me he had gone to bed, he had actually gone to meet another girl.

Sarah adds: “I broke it off with him. Having spoken to the girl since, I know nothing happened, as she found him ‘cringey’ but I’m still glad I got out when I did.

“I haven’t snooped on another partner’s phone since, however I probably would again if I felt he was lying to me about something important.”

iPhone XR insurance and launch

iPhone XR insurance will soon be available here at Better Buy Insurance. The new iPhone from Apple is available to pre-order on Friday 19th October and will be in shops a week later on Friday 26th October.

Those that follow the world of mobile phones will know that the iPhone XS launched last month. This phone is the most expensive phone Apple have ever produced so many customers have probably been waiting for the less expensive XR. The 64gb iPhone XR is £749 if you buy it sim free, which is a popular way of buying mobiles these days, not exactly cheap, but not bad compared to the cheapest XS at £999.

The XR comes in 6 different colours – white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT) RED. The pricing is as follows:

iPhone XR 64gb – £749

iPhone XR 128gb – £799

iPhone XR 256gb – £899

If you want to take out iPhone XR insurance with us here at Better Buy Insurance it’s only £7.49 a month or £79.99 a year. For that you are covered for:

  • Loss
  • Theft
  • Accidental damage (cracked screens etc)
  • Liquid damage
  • Breakdown
  • Accessories cover (up to £150)
  • Worldwide cover (90 days in any one year)
  • Unauthorised calls and data (up to £2500)

And you also get:

  • Instant cover
  • Unlimited claims
  • Cover for use by your immediate family
  • Excess only £75 for phones valued up to £899 (when new) or £100 for phones valued at £900 or more (when new).
  • A 5 star defaqto rated policy
  • Mobile phone data backup

The new handset is pretty good by the sounds of things. Apple claim it has the most powerful chip that’s ever been put in a smartphone, a screen with a liquid retina display, faster face ID and a new camera system that is a huge improvement on previous models.

So if you are upgrading to the new XR and need iPhone XR insurance more info is available here – Better Buy Insurance

iPhone XS Insurance and launch info

Got the new iPhone XS? You might want to think about iPhone XS Insurance!

As you might have already noticed Apple have the brand new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max going on sale on Friday 21st September. After the iPhone X last year caused a stir with it’s eye watering price, Apple have only gone and done it again!

The cheapest iPhone XS is £999 to buy sim free, this is the 64gb model but the Apple iPhone XS Max 512gb is £1449 believe it or not!

As you would expect, here at Better Buy Insurance we will of course be offering iPhone XS Insurance from Friday 21st September and our pricing is already on our website.

Our insurance pricing starts at £8.99 a month or £99.99 of you’d prefer to pay a year upfront. This is for the iPhone XS 64gb model. As you would expect our premiums go up as the cost of the handsets go up and the top of the range 512gb iPhone XS Max will cost £12.99 a month or £139.99 a year to insure with us. As always we are offering a Best Priced Guaranteed and further details of our guarantee can be found here – Best Price Guaranteed.

Apple are really shouting about how good their new phones are and Tim Cook, the top man at Apple, has been defending the prices they are charging in the press today.

All the info as you would expect is on the Apple website but here are just a few of the highlights:

  • OLED displays give customers the most accurate colour the industry has ever produced.
  • The XS Max has the biggest display seen on an iPhone to date, it has a 6.5 inch display.
  • The glass on the XS and XS Max is the most durable ever used on a smartphone.
  • Apple also tell us the level of water and dust resistance has improved from previous models.
  • The handsets are made from surgical-grade stainless steel.
  • Their advanced face ID is now the most secure in the market place.
  • Phones have the most powerful chip used to date which makes the phones super fast.

Our summary is that it’s a very good but expensive phone and if you buy one and need insurance here at Better Buy Insurance we are happy to help.

 

iPhone 9 news & iPhone 9 insurance

iPhone 9 news

It’s getting close to that time of year again. Yes, the time of year when tech sites write stories about when they think the new Apple iPhone will launch, what it will be called, how much it will cost, how big the screen will be and how different the camera will be compared to the iPhone that was launched 12 months ago.

Well here at Better Buy Insurance we’ve been reading as much Apple iPhone gossip online as we can take and we can share the following rumours:

  • Most out there think that one of the iPhones released will be called the iPhone 9. It looks like there will be at least one other mobile released at the same time, maybe 2.
  • It sounds like you will be able to pre-order on the 14th September and it will be on sale on Friday 21st September.
  • The screen could be quite a bit bigger than the screen on the iPhone 8. One site we read thinks it will be a 6.1 inch display and the phone will be made from aluminium.
  • The iPhone 9 will probably have a typical retina display with a pixel density of 330 ppi.
  • The smartphone might well have a single rear camera similar to that on the iPhone 8 with a dual aperture system a bit like the Samsung Galaxy S9.
  • The design of the screen could be very similar to the super expensive iPhone X (all screen design).
  • Face ID to replace Touch ID.

iPhone 9 insurance

So those are the main rumours we’ve picked up. What we are sure about is that when the iPhone 9 launches you will be able to insure it here at Better Buy Insurance. We can’t tell you how much the insurance will be at present because it’s not clear how much the phone will cost. Some out there think it will be the same sort of price as the iPhone 8 but quite a few think it will be priced much lower, maybe around the £500 mark.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 goes on sale on Friday 24th August. It’s another top end expensive smartphone from Samsung, the 128gb model has a sim free price of £899 and the 512gb model will cost £1099.

It comes in 3 colours – lavender purple, midnight black and ocean blue and as standard has a powerful 4000 mAh battery which Samsung reckon will last all day.

Gaming is now a key consideration for mobile phone manufacturers and it looks like the Note 9 has been made with gamers in mind. It has a cutting edge processor with a water-carbon cooling system to prevent overheating. It keeps lag to a minimum with an AI-based performance adjuster which should keep game play nice and smooth.

It’s possibly no surprise they make reference to the water-carbon cooling system given their history with overheating, but it does seem this issue has been resolved which is good news for everyone.

If you’re still not convinced Samsung are also keen to shout about the largest ever infinity display and the intelligent camera with dual aperture which should give you excellent photos with little effort.

Not many mobile phones come with a bluetooth enabled pen so if that’s something you want from a smartphone then the Galaxy Note 9 might be the phone for you.

Here at Better Buy Insurance we will of course be insuring the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The 128gb will cost £7.49 a month or £79.99 a year and the more expensive 512gb model will be £9.99 a month or £109.99 a year.

We have just one simple comprehensive policy that covers you for loss, theft, damage. Our 5 star defaqto rated policy also gives you instant cover, worldwide cover and a no claims bonus.

For more information just click here – Better Buy Samsung Insurance.