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SquareTrade

September 29, 2010 09:00 ET

SquareTrade Announces New "Edu" Warranty Program Specifically for Schools Offering iPads to Their Students

Program for iPads Designed to Head Off Product Failure and Reliability Issues Related to Emerging Trend of Educational Institutions Offering New Devices for Use in Classes

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 29, 2010) -  SquareTrade, the largest independent warranty provider in the world, today announced a new warranty program designed specifically for educational institutions that provide students with iPads. Recognizing the combination of young adults and fragile electronics can equal disaster, the SquareTrade's "Edu" program works with schools to offer their students a special rate on an iPad warranty, protecting their educational tools against device failure or accidental damage. 

As forward-looking institutions push new technology and devices into the classroom, they're faced with various support issues that previously weren't an issue. As these devices become more mobile, failures from accidental damage such as cracked screens are a growing concern. The SquareTrade Edu program provides schools a way to offer students protection for their devices, without creating more support issues for institutions.

The program has already been adopted by a number of institutions that provided iPads to their students this fall, including: Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA and The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia. The SquareTrade Education program also offers protection for laptops and other devices offered by a number of other colleges as well.

"We're excited to provide our students with the latest technology to make their educational experience better," said Phil Komarny, executive director of computer and information technology at Seton Hill University. "However, with a device such as the iPad, there are added concerns with students experiencing failure or accidental breakage. By offering students the opportunity to purchase SquareTrade protection with the iPad, we're able to mitigate some of the concerns of introducing new devices." 

SquareTrade is known for its extremely popular iPhone and iPad warranties, as well as its stellar service. The company's no-hassle service guarantee and online warranty management tools have earned it an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and thousands of 5-star reviews from consumers on sites such as Amazon, NexTag and Epinions. This gives educational institutions the confidence they're providing a quality service to their students.

"Universities and colleges are increasingly providing their students with innovative consumer electronics to create a new educational experience and attract new students," said SquareTrade CEO, Steve Abernethy. "Just as consumers need to consider protection for their devices, institutions need to consider how to help students protect these devices, especially for mobile devices that are prone to accidental damage. SquareTrade has over a decade of service experience and we can help ensure that students continue to have these devices for the duration of their education."

For more information about applying to SquareTrade's Edu program, please contact Austin Sands at 415-541-1000 ext. 1070 or austin@squaretrade.com.

About SquareTrade
Founded in 1999, SquareTrade makes warranties that make sense, offering fair prices, no-pressure sales, and no-hassle 5-day service. It offers consumers an alternative to big retailers' overpriced and under-serviced warranties. SquareTrade is the largest independent warranty provider in the world for consumer electronics and appliances and maintains a price point that is 40% less than big retailers. SquareTrade first established a reputation for integrity as an industry-leader in online merchant verification and online dispute resolution. The SquareTrade Seal is a widely regarded trust icon to help consumers identify high quality sellers on eBay. Privately held, SquareTrade is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, go to www.squaretrade.com