There are many things that the iPhone is known for, namely being a patent magnet for its manufacturer, Apple. It has emerged that Apple has scored yet another patent victory, this time for its famous slide-to-lock user interface.
For most of us, $500 is quite a bit of money to spend on a cell phone, especially when it's so susceptible to accidental damage. Apple's AppleCare protection program is great for defects, but accidental damages aren't covered. If you drop your shiny new iPhone (or smash it with a golf ball), the only way to get a replacement is to pay for it. As it turns out, many local insurance agencies offer protection on such high value objects. State Farms has reportedly been insuring people's iPhones for as little as $1.25 per month, or $15 a year with no deductible.