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As Anankha has alluded to you can proof of usage via the bills available in your online account. Have the insurance company advised exactly what they require as usage we record is from the SIM which could be in any device.
This is what they have said... so bills are not allowed
Please provide proof from your network provider showing the usage of your insured device. The documentation provided must show the dates of when the device was first and last used, details of the time of use and your IMEI number.
We are unable to accept mobile phone bills as evidence of proof of identification and usage.
We don't record any usage from the device zeeuk, we can only record usage via the SIM card, if you still have the original invoice from the point of sale this should have the IMEI on it and proof the handset was purchased from ourselves.
Tbh it still doesn’t make sense to me. They want proof of use but don’t accept a bill. I suppose they’re after something more detailed. I can only think they believe the sim provider (Virginmedia) can access this. Unless you have the original box or receipt then there’s no other way to show the IMEI. You could ask Carphone Warehouse to see if they can provide a copy but I suspect not.
As a Very Insightful Person, I'm here to share my knowledge. I don't work for Virgin Media.
1: From the network side, the device/SIM combination is stored against CDRs (Call Data Records) whenever calls or texts are made BUT... that level of detail is superfluous the vast majority of the time, so access to it is naturally restricted to teams that have a genuine need for it. Some of those needs are on the MNO-side, and therefore Virgin potentially wouldn't have it.. EE would.
2: From an insurance side, it sounds very much like the provider is putting (at best) extra steps or (at worst) deliberately obstructive requirements inplace. I can see their point that if you're claiming on *device* insurance, that they want proof the *device* was being used until a certain date... but equally all this would prove is past use. It certainly wouldn't do anything to prevent you stop using the phone, put it in a drawer and then claim on it.
I'd agree that going down the SAR route is probably the best - though you are potentially going to get information overload.