Go For The Gold (Gold iPhone 5s that is…)

As we all anxiously await the arrival of the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the internet is running rampant with leaked photos and rumors about the new iPhones.  One of my favorites is the prospect of the gold iPhone 5s.  My first thought was “would a gold version of the device would really get the masses back in line at every Apple store in the US?”  When you look at it from a global perspective, the gold iPhone could be significant driver of sales in cultures where gold holds a special cultural significance.  These also happen to be markets where the iPhone craves more marketshare.  In China, the color gold symbolizes both wealth and happiness.  In India, accumulating gold is more than a status symbol – it is more of a lifelong quest which has made India the world’s largest consumer of gold.  Maybe Apple is on to something simple but great again.


To celebrate the new gold iPhone 5s, here are 5 fun facts and 5 surprising items that are laden with gold:


Gold Fun Facts:


1. Gold is so rare that the world pours more steel in an hour that it has poured in gold since the beginning of recorded history. Coincidentally, there is also a rumor for an iPhone color that is gunmetal or steel for the industrially stylish as well.


2. “Welcome Stranger” discovered by John Deason and Richard Oates in Australia in 1869 is the largest gold nugget ever found.  It was 10 x 25 inches or the size of two basketballs.  It produced 2,248 ounces of pure gold which would be valued around $3.2 million today.  That could buy over 5,000 iPhone 5s!


3. The home of the iPhone is Apple’s headquarters is in Cupertino, CA.  Settlement of California was sparked by the California Gold Rush back in 1848 when John Marshall discovered flakes of gold on the ground in Sacramento, CA.  The NFL team, San Francisco 49ers, are named after the Gold Rush miners that flooded the area in 1949.


4. In Ancient Egypt, gold was considered “skin of the gods” and only the pharaohs could possess it.  Now it will be the skin of the iPhone and everyone can possess it.  Sorry King Tut…


5. Pure gold is so soft that it can be molded by hand.  Pretty sure the iPhone won’t have pure gold on the back, but we know that these devices are susceptible to damage when dropped.   Protect your device with Protect Your Bubble’s iPhone insurance.


5 Surprising Gold Items:


1. Shiny Kicks – $5,405 price tag – Created by artist Ken Courtney for his “Ju$t Another Rich Kid” exhibit.  They are a size 10 which might fit a high school basketball player.   Move over Dorothy, these golden slippers take you to the hoop, not Kansas.




2. Gold Toilet – $5M price tag – In every movie, I’ve ever seen thrones were made of gold,  but this throne is more of a tourist attraction at Hong Kong’s Hall of Gold.   So many jokes, so little time…but make sure you don’t drop your gold iPhone in the golden toilet.  It happens all the time, but that would probably be a first.



3. Golden Motorcycle – $1M+ price tag – The frame of this motorcycle is worth $1M alone and doesn’t scream gold.  It was designed that way by a Turkish millionaire.  It looks like something discovered in Pirates of the Caribbean.   These wheels may be certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most expensive motorcycle.



4.  Golden Grillz – Unknown price tag – What list this week would be complete without a Miley Cyrus sighting?  From Flava Flav to Miley Cyrus, celebs are finding many ways to get gold in their mouth.  Billy Ray is reportedly giving Miley a gold grill that will keep her tongue in her mouth at all times after her VMA performance last week.




5. Gold Six Feet Under – $380,000 price tag + cellular network monthly plan – This shiny coffin is a luxurious final resting place for the rich wanting to copy the likes of King Tut, James Brown, and Michael Jackson, but let’s not ignore the golden smartphone that come with it.  It doesn’t appear to be an iPhone, but maybe we’ll see the gold iPhone 5s in the next edition.



We are excited about the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c and can’t wait to see what Apple has in store for us all.  Remember to protect your shiny new iPhone when you get it as the gold version is bound to be a popular target for thieves.  Check out our iPhone protection plans for your next device.

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Rental Car Insurance for Labor Day Weekend

Labor DayLabor Day is fast approaching, and with this weekend hiatus, we can expect more travelers than last year. AAA forecasted 34.1 million travelers this year, way higher than 2012’s 32.7M*. Traveling by car – especially a rental car – still remains the leading mode of transportation.

Every year, there are still many travelers that overlook rental car insurance until it being offered to them at the car rental facility. You may be asking yourself, “is the necessary?”


Here are 2 reasons why you should consider rental car insurance:


1. Statistics indicate that a vehicle is stolen in the United States roughly every 28 seconds.** According to the “Holiday Report of 2012”, 1,977 vehicles were reported stolen during labor day.*** Automobile thefts and break-ins are something that no driver wants to experience. Especially if you’re driving a rental car! Rental car insurance protects you from out-of-pocket expenses associated with theft, loss or damage to the vehicle.


2. Being uninsured or underinsured when involved in an accident can have significant financial  consequences. In the event you damage property of your hurt someone, you’re liable for the costs for repair and/or treatment. No matter how careful you are with your rental car, accidents do happen. With car rental insurance, you don’t carry this burden alone.


Protect Your Bubble ensures you spend your money wisely. With just $7.99 per day for rental car protection premium, you save $25, as compared to the average $35 offered by popular rental car facilities. Whether the rental gets just a minor scratch or is involved with major collision, Protect Your Bubble provides up to $35,000 collision coverage. You get the most from this deal because this rental car insurance plan serves as the primary coverage for your rental car, unlike other plans that make consumers take on the liability of filing under their auto policy first.


So what are you waiting for? Pack your suitcases and grab your camera and have a worry-free Labor Day. Safe travels!





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Your Checklist When Applying for Mobile Gadget Insurance

Mobile Gadget InsuranceThese days it’s very rare that you won’t see someone using a smartphone, tablet or some other type of electronic gadget while on the go.  Many use these gadgets simultaneously for business as well as pleasure. As mobile gadgets propagate around the globe, so does theft. Who gets the brunt if it gets stolen? If you don’t have insurance, then it will be you. No matter how careful we are when handling our mobile gadgets, accidents do happen. What becomes of your device when it’s damaged? It becomes useless.


Mobile gadget insurance provides you the coverage not included in the standard warranty terms such as: accidental damage, fire, water damage, and theft. More and more consumers are recognizing the important of protecting their investments against these types of scenarios.


You may be asking yourself, ‘how do I choose an insurance company?’ To help you make that choice, here’s a checklist of what you should be considering when purchasing insurance for your mobile gadget.


Read the Fine Print


Make sure that what you’re buying is actually what you need. Don’t settle for the cheapest one you can find, you need to look at the fine print and determine whether or not what you’re buying is something that fits your needs. Check for coverage, amount, deductibles and claims processing procedure and time.


Processing Times


Processing time can include the time your coverage begins and as well as the length of time it takes for you to get a claim once filed. Some insurers don’t begin immediately, so you need to check this out. You should also look into their promised claim processing time.


How Many Claims Can You Make


It is also safe to surmise that you can and may do damage to your mobile gadget more than once, so you should consider a mobile gadget insurance that allows you to claim more than once.


Ease of Registration


Hassle free registration is what we all want. A company that provides you an easy way to register or sign up for the insurance without any hassle is a definite plus!

In the end, purchase insurance that is worth your money and provides your mobile gadgets the protection it deserves. Protect Your Bubble’s mobile gadget insurance gives you peace of mind, protecting your gadgets from theft and damage. With better payment options, you get full coverage at a great price. The sign up process is really easy too. Go to the website and fill out the required information and voila! You’ve just got your mobile gadget insured. Yes, it’s really as easy as that.

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Free Infographic: Smartphone Dependency – A Growing Obsession

Is checking your smartphone every 5 minutes normal for you? If you answered yes, you are part of a growing trend. Protect your bubble shares the following infographic that illustrates American’s growing obsession for smartphone dependency.


Did you know…


  • 57% of people in the USA use a smartphone
  • 20% of smartphone users check their phone every 10 minutes
  • 84% could NOT go one day without their phone
  • 40% would rather not bathe than be without their iPhone
  • 50% sleep with their phone
  • 80% check their phones upon waking
  • 30% check their phone during meals
  • 48% use their phones at the gym
  • 4% use their phone during sex

These statistics show just how important our smartphones are to our everyday life.  Aside from calling and texting, we use it to check emails, Twitter and Facebook, as well as listen to music, watch videos and even play games.


  • Smartphone users visit their Facebook account 14 times per day
  • 132 minutes per day is the average amount of time spent on social networks

If you are one of the many who can’t go a day without using your smartphone, you know you can’t afford to lose or break your phone.  Avoid the hassle, protect your phone, and protect yourself. Get a free smartphone insurance quote today.


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10 of the Top Financial Bloggers in 2013

Personal finance is a hot topic these days. Thanks in part to experts and educational leaders in the field, American consumers have started paying closer attention to the topic of money and budgeting. As a provider of ID theft services and affordable lifestyle insurance, we at Protect Your Bubble have a vested interest in keeping our clients educated about this topic. So in order to help you acquire the best financial advice and tips, we’ve compiled 10 influential personal finance blogs you should visit in order to assist you in reaching your financial goals.


So whether it’s for making money, saving money, insurance, retirement, investment or even learning how to protect YOUR bubble, here are a few bloggers that you can’t afford not to visit.


sarah gilbert1. Sarah Gilbert


Sarah is a freelance financial blogger and literary writer. You can find her work at http://www.getrichslowly.org, a thriving community of over 500,000 readers where she talks about improving finances. Sarah also has personal blog at urbanMamas as well as Cafe Mama where she blogs about being an army wife as well as cooking and parenting. Sarah’s blog posts are from personal experiences and yet they are informative and you will be hard-pressed not to finish the whole post. Her writing is quite engaging – and inspirational. More about Sarah here, http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/blogger/sarah-gilbert/


David E. Weliver2. David Weliver


David Weliver is a top blogger at http://www.moneyunder30.com/. Here he talks about how individuals in their 20’s can overcome the stress and pressure of being a student to earning a full time income and how to ensure you don’t go broke. His advice is sound and you might want to subscribe to his 7-day boot camp.


3. Kevin Duffey


Kevin Duffey has always been inclined towards being an entrepreneur, selling candies to his elementary classmates for more than double the profit, you will surely see his money advice to be quite keen. He is not interested in rehashed topics, so you can be sure that articles on http://20smoney.com are right on the dot and fresh.


Bill Schmick


4. Bill Schmick


Bill Schmick is a seasoned veteran when it comes to investments so if you are interested in investing, stocks trading and the likes then head on over to http://afewdollarsmore.com/ and read up on what Bill has to offer.




5. Jim Wang


Jim Wang hails from Carnegie University and is the founder and editor of http://www.bargaineering.com/. He started the site around 5 years back with the hope of educating himself as well as others with regards to managing money and delving more deeply into personal finance. Since then the site has grown exponentially that it now has a few more writers who contribute great content to be enjoyed by its readers. The site has been mentioned in well-known publications like New York Times and Business Week.


6. Debra Muccio


Debra Muccio is the owner and editor at http://www.afrugalfriend.net/, a blog dedicated in educating the community on budgeting and cutting costs. These days the blog has extended its focus not only on budgeting tips but to shopping deals, family travels and social media events as well.


7. JLP


JLP is focused on personal finance and his blog is targeted on asset allocation, 401k, insurance, cash flow, IRA as well as financial planning and portfolio management. You’ll get a lot of tips with regards to improving your financial situation at http://allfinancialmatters.com/


8. Melissa B


Melissa B is a hardworking contributor at http://www.beatingbroke.com/. She has around 109 articles there to her credit and her advice leaves no stone unturned. You will find her articles to be full of wit and charm and you’ll look forward to the next post. Aside from her contributions to Beating Broke, you can also find her on her own site at http://www.momsplans.com/


9. Jessica Bishop


Jessica Bishop is the budget savvy bride at http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/. So for those brides-to-be out there, you will want to hop on to Jessica’s website for tips and tricks to help you get that dream wedding without drowning in debt the rest of your married life.

10. Mercedes Levy


Mercedes is a certified public accountant, so you know she is good with money. Her blog http://www.commonsensewithmoney.com/ is filled with advice on how to live well within your means. The blog aims to help others live better lives by spending less and saving more. She reinforces frugal living tips with shrewd shopping techniques to help everyone become better spenders and savers.



In the end, your money is your money whether you save it, invest it or spend it, is all up to you but you might want to listen to some of their advice and you might just find yourself enjoying your life a little bit more just because you followed a tip or two.

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