Smartphone Breakability: Rules for Galaxy S9

SquareTrade’s Smartphone Breakability Sweepstakes 


(the “Official Rules”)




  1. DESCRIPTION: SquareTrade’s Smartphone Breakability Sweepstakes  (the “Sweepstakes“) is sponsored by SquareTrade, Inc. (“Sponsor”). The Sweepstakes begins on March 19th, at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) and ends March 25th at 11:59pm, (the “Entry Period“). The Sweepstakes is void where prohibited or restricted by law, is subject to applicable federal, state, and local statutes, rules, regulations, and other laws (each a “Law”), and is governed by these Official Rules.

Entry in the Sweepstakes does not constitute entry into any other promotion, sweepstakes, or contest. The distribution of the prize(s) will be at the sole determination of the Sponsor to the individual(s) deemed the winner(s) of the Sweepstakes by the Sponsor in accordance with these Official Rules.

  1. ACCEPTANCE OF THE OFFICIAL RULES; SITE POLICIES; LAWS:By entering the Sweepstakes (as described below), each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes. Participation in the Sweepstakes also is governed by the terms and policies pertaining to the SquareTrade Phone Karma Sweepstakes website ( (the “Sweepstakes Site”), which may be viewed on the Sweepstakes Site. The collection, use, and disclosure of information obtained online from entrants in the Sweepstakes is governed by Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which may be viewed at (such privacy policy and the Sweepstakes Site terms and policies are referred to in these Official Rules as the “Policies”). In the event there is an inconsistency between any of the Policies or any Sweepstakes promotional materials and the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall prevail and govern.   By entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant also agrees to comply with any and all applicable Laws in connection with his or her participation in the Sweepstakes.
  2. ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open to natural persons who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia and who are, at the time of entry, age 18 years or older and who are the original intended recipients’ of the Sweepstakes email. Sponsor, its affiliated organizations, advertising and promotion agencies, the prize providers, any other company or organization involved with the design, sponsorship, or operation of the Sweepstakes, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (collectively, the “Sponsor Parties“), and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are NOT eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. “Immediate family members” shall mean a person’s spouse and a person’s and their spouse’s parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, and step-siblings, and each of their respective spouses. “Household members” shall mean those people who share the same residence, whether or not related.
  3. HOW TO ENTER: No purchase or contribution to Sponsor is necessary to enter the Sweepstakes, though you must have a Twitter or Facebook account. Creating a Facebook account is free, but is subject to Twitter’s or Facebook, as applicable, terms and conditions. A complete entry consists of: (i) A retweet of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Video Tweeted by @SquareTrade explaining why you need a new S9 and protection plan. The entry must include the hashtags #GalaxyS9Breakability and #Sweepstakes, and tags @SquareTrade;your tweets must be viewable by Sponsor in order to receive a Sweepstakes entry, or (ii) Commenting on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Breakability video post on Facebook, explaining why you want a new smartphone and protection plan. Sharing and liking is suggested but not required to enter the sweepstakes. All entries must be received by the end of the Entry Period. Entries will not be acknowledged or answered. Incomplete, unreadable, late, or unintelligible entries are void and will be disqualified. If, during the Promotion Period, you submit your Twitter or Facebook responses, you will automatically receive one (1) entry (“Entry”) into the Sweepstakes. NOTE: There is a limit of one (1) Entry per person, regardless of method of entry; therefore, if you submit survey responses more than once, only the first submission will result in an Entry. In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of an entrant, the entry will be deemed to be made by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the Twitter account used at the time of entry provided he/she is eligible according to these Official Rules. The “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person to whom the Twitter Account has been assigned. Use of any automated system to participate in the Sweepstakes is prohibited and will result in disqualification of all associated entries. An entrant may not use multiple Twitter accounts to enter, and if an entrant does so, all of such entrant’s entries may be disqualified. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same Twitter account.
  4. WINNER DETERMINATION; ODDS OF WINNING: There will be 2 winners (each, a “Winner”) of the Sweepstakes that will be selected in the following manner. At the conclusion of the Entry Period, there are insufficient entrants to hold any of the three two one winner will be selected from Facebook and Twitter, randomly. If any of the Winners are not eligible to win, Sponsor will randomly select an alternate winner for the remaining prize(s) from the pool of all entrants (any previous Winners will no longer be eligible) at the conclusion of the Entry Period. All selections will occur at Sponsor’s offices at 360 3rd Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107. Each Winner will be awarded only the prize for which that Winner was randomly selected, as described below. The odds of winning each prize depend on the number of entrants at each selection of the Sweepstakes, as specified above.
  5. PRIZE: The total estimated retail value of all of the prizes to be awarded in the Sweepstakes is $719.99.  The prize(s) are as follows:

FACEBOOK PRIZE: One winner will be awarded an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9, 64GB, in black (or if not available, an alternate color). The estimated retail value of each prize is $.719.99

Because the prizes are mobile phones, the use of any prize may require each Winner to purchase a voice and/or data plan, the cost of which will not be reimbursed by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for the terms and conditions of any such plan. If a Winner does not comply with all of those terms and conditions, or if a Winner does not have access to a voice and/or data plan, such Winner may not be able to obtain the maximum value, or any value, from his or her prize.

  1. GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS: All details and other restrictions of the prize(s) not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. No prize is exchangeable, redeemable for cash, assignable, or otherwise transferable, except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute for any prize one or more items or services of equal or greater value. Prizes are subject to availability. The value of each prize may be taxable to each Winner as income. If required, an IRS Form 1099 will be issued by SquareTrade in the name of each Winner for the value of the prize(s) received. Each Winner shall be solely responsible for all federal, state, provincial and/or local taxes (including income and withholding taxes), and the reporting consequences thereof, for any other fees or costs associated with the applicable prize(s), and for any other liabilities incurred in connection with any prize.
  2. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND PRIZE CLAIM: Within five (5) working days after the drawing, each Winner will be notified via Twitter direct message (a “Prize Notification”), sent to the Twitter account used by the Winner in the winning entry. Sponsor shall have no liability for any Prize Notification that is lost, intercepted, or not received by the potential winner for any reason. In order to claim a prize, each Winner may be required to verify for Sponsor his or her permanent address and social security number, for purposes of compliance with tax regulations. Upon Sponsor’s request, each Winner must also execute and return, where legally permissible, a declaration of eligibility, a liability release, and/or a publicity release. If a potential winner does not respond within forty-eight (48) hours of the Prize Notification (or a shorter time if required by exigencies), if the prize(s) or Prize Notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, if a potential winner fails to comply with any of the verification or release requirements identified in this Section within ten (10) days of request, or if the potential winner is found to be ineligible, has not complied with these Official Rules, or declines the prize(s) for any reason prior to award such potential winner will be disqualified and forfeit his or her prize, and an alternate Winner may be selected by the Sponsor from the pool of remaining entrants. Sponsor may successively attempt to contact up to five (5) potential winners in accordance with such procedure, and if there is still no confirmed winner of a prize after such attempts have been made, Sponsor may announce an alternate means for awarding that prize.
  3. USE OF PERSONAL DATA: All personal information collected by Sponsor (including without limitation, an entrant’s name, biographical data, and city and state of residence) may be used for the administration of the Sweepstakes and, except as stated in these Official Rules, in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy and the other Policies. Please refer to the Policies for important information regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor. In addition, except to the extent prohibited by Law, by acceptance of a prize each Winner grants to Sponsor and each of their respective Sponsor Parties the right to publicize such Winner’s name and address (city and state of residence), photo (if provided), and prize information in connection with the Sweepstakes, in any media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without additional compensation or consideration, notification or permission. By entering the Sweepstakes, you hereby represent and warrant that you have read these rules and are fully familiar with its contents.
  4. LICENSE GRANT: Any data, information, or other content included in entries must not infringe the intellectual property, industrial property, privacy, publicity, or other rights of any third party, and must be suitable for publication to a general audience (i.e. it may not be obscene, indecent , defamatory, hateful, or inappropriate, as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion). By submitting an entry, each entrant irrevocably grants Sponsor and its designees the unconditional, irrevocable, and perpetual right and permission, royalty-free, to use any data, information, images, content, or materials included in such entry, in any media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world for any purpose. Sponsor is not obligated to use any of the above mentioned data, information, images, content, or materials, but may do so and may edit them in Sponsor’s sole discretion, without further obligation or compensation. Each entrant waives all intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might preclude the Sponsor’s use of the entry or exercise of any rights granted to Sponsor, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against the Sponsor Parties with respect to such use.
  5. RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees that neither the Sponsor Parties, nor any advertising or social media platform on which the Sweepstakes is advertised or through which it is accessed (including without limitation Facebook or Twitter), shall be responsible for and, to the maximum extent permitted by Law, releases and holds harmless the Sponsor Parties and each such advertising or social media platform from and against, any and all claims, injuries, damages, liabilities, costs, expenses, or losses of any kind (including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property) that may occur, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from (i) participation in the Sweepstakes; (ii) any violation by such entrant of these Official Rules, the Policies, or applicable Law; (iii) the acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any prize (or any portion of any prize); (iv) any incorrect, incomplete, garbled, or inaccurate information, or any failure to capture any information, whether caused by entrant, printing errors, human error, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes, (v) any damage to an entrant’s equipment (such as a computer system or mobile device) which is occasioned by accessing the Sweepstakes Site or participating in the Sweepstakes, (vi) miscommunications, or any failed, jumbled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, cable, or other transmissions, including without limitation tweets; (vii) for any technical malfunctions, failures, delays, difficulties, or other errors of any kind or nature; (viii) any entry, email, prize package, or other material or correspondence that has been tampered with or that is stolen, misdirected, incomplete, lost, late, non-conforming, ineligible, or damaged; (ix) any failure of any postal or delivery service; or (x) any events beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control. Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Sweepstakes or the use or redemption of a prize. 12. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: NEITHER SPONSOR NOR ANY OTHER SPONSOR PARTY, SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, ANY PRIZE, OR THESE OFFICIAL RULES, HOWSOEVER CAUSED, WHETHER ARISING IN TORT, CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH SPONSOR PARTYWAS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND ALL SUCH DAMAGES ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED. ALL PRIZES ARE GIVEN AWAY “AS IS.” THE SPONSOR PARTIES DO NOT MAKE AND HEREBY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT) WITH REGARD TO THE SWEEPSTAKES OR ANY PRIZE.
  6. DISQUALIFICATION: Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entrant who Sponsor finds, in its sole discretion: to be tampering with the participation process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or the Sweepstakes Site; to be disparaging of Sponsor, its products, or its services; to be indecent, obscene, tortious, defamatory, libelous, or violative of another’s privacy, publicity, intellectual property, or other rights; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in an unsportsman-like or disruptive manner or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes; or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by Law.
  7. TERMINATION/MODIFICATION: Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Sweepstakes, at its sole discretion, at any time for any reason, including without limitation as a result of natural disaster, equipment failure, civil disturbance, fraud, financial, or administrative difficulties, technical problems (such as a computer virus/ bug), unauthorized intervention that corrupts the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes, or other causes not within the control of the Sponsor. In addition, if, in the exclusive judgment of Sponsor, the Sweepstakes (or any portion thereof) becomes compromised in any way, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel any method of entry, to void any entries submitted fraudulently, and/or to select winners from among all non-suspect eligible entries received prior to act that compromised the promotion.   Should the Sweepstakes ever be terminated prior to the drawing, Sponsor will post notice on the Sweepstakes Site and will make alternate arrangements to award the prizes. Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in these Official Rules. Any such changes will become effective upon notice via online posting at or other means of wide dissemination.
  8. SEVERABILITY: The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
  9. NO WAIVER: Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
  10. DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with these Official Rules, this Sweepstakes, or any prize shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the state and/or federal courts located in the State of California; (ii) any and all claims made by entrant, and any and all judgments and awards in favor of entrant, shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All disputes concerning the Sweepstakes, the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of each entrant and Sponsor in connection with these Official Rules or the Sweepstakes shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the Laws of the State of California and applicable United States federal Law, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the Laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California. If any provision of these Official Rules is deemed to be invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, such provision will be deemed to be modified or restricted to the extent and in the manner necessary to render the same valid and enforceable and these Rules will be construed and enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law as if such provision had been originally incorporated herein as so modified or restricted, or as if such provision had not been originally incorporated herein, as the case may be.
  11. SPONSOR:The Sponsor of the Sweepstakes is SquareTrade, Inc., 360 3rd Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107.  For questions about the Sweepstakes, please contact Sponsor at or (415) 541-1000.
  12. NO ENDORSEMENT: Nothing contained in these Official Rules or in any of the Sweepstakes materials should be construed as an endorsement by Sponsor of any third party, product, or service. Prize suppliers are not sponsors of the Sweepstakes.
  13. SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS: The Sweepstakes may be advertised on or accessed through one or more social media platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter. However, the Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, any such platforms. When entering the Sweepstakes entrants are providing information to Sponsor and not to such platforms. Entrants agree to comply with all terms and policies governing such platforms in connection with the Sweepstakes.
  14. WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain written notice of the Winner of the Sweepstakes, send a self-addressed stamped envelope (Vermont residents may omit the return postage) to SquareTrade, Inc., 360 3rd Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107.   All such requests must be received no later than six (6) months after the end of the Entry Period.  These Official Rules will be posted on the Sweepstakes Site during the Entry Period.