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If you’ve owned a smartphone for any amount of time, whether an iPhone or Android, you’ve probably considered protecting your investment with a screen protector. Putting a screen protector on your phone always seems like a great idea; that is until you try to do it yourself.
Trying to apply a screen protector perfectly can be an extraordinarily frustrating process – you end up with a crooked mess of lumps and bubbles on your screen. Some retailers will offer to apply a screen protector to your phone for a price – and while the service personnel at these retailers are often well practiced, and offer a much better degree of success than applying the protector yourself, there are still no guarantees. Starting today, Apple stores around the US and several other countries are now offering free application of a Belkin screen protector with purchase – only this time it’s handled by a machine.
Last week, select Apple Stores in Japan began rolling out the service, and this morning stores across the US began to follow suit. With the purchase of select Belkin screen protectors, an Apple employee will use a new Belkin TrueClear Pro system – designed specifically to apply screen protectors to smartphones – to apply your purchase to your iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, or 6s Plus. The system aligns the screen protector perfectly to your phone, and greatly reduces the chances for air bubbles to enter under the protector. If you’re not happy with the results, Apple will repeat the process with another protector, free of charge.
The service is available for users who purchase either a Belkin TrueClear Invisiglass screen protector or a Belkin TrueClear Anti-Glare screen protector. The Invisiglass protector is made of an exceptionally tough, yet flexible glass, designed to protect your screen from scrapes and scratches as well as drops, while still providing a natural feel. The Anti-Glare screen protector protects your screen while reducing glare, making your phone easier to see in bright situations.
The screen protector installation program is available immediately at most Apple Stores in the US. Prices range from around $20-$40 depending on the model of your phone and which screen protector you choose.