Aug 10 AT 6:55 PM Anthony Domanico 12 Comments

GEICO releases Insurance Glovebox app for Android

GEICO announced today the release of their Insurance Glovebox application for the Android Platform. The Insurance Glovebox application provides users the ability to get an instant insurance quote, pay your GEICO bill, and view your insurance cards.

Once you find yourself in an accident (hopefully never), you can use your phone’s camera to take pictures and submit a claim, as well as find nearby car rental, taxi, and towing companies, get step-by-step instructions on how to change a tire, download GEICO ringtones, and view your favorite GEICO advertisements on YouTube.

I will disclaim that I am not a GEICO customer, and personally have no use for the GEICO application (other than perhaps the ringtones and the rental car and towing information), so we are relying on you GEICO-using readers out there to report to other folks on how well you like the application. Care to share? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions below.

Insurance Glovebox is available free of charge, and should work for all Android versions.

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  • http://Website Matthew

    I can’t see it in the market. Is it because I’m in Canada?

    • Anthony Domanico

      Most likely.

    • http://Website DJ

      I haven’t been able to find it in the Android Market either. I’ve scanned the barcode on Geico’s
      website and typed Geico in the search engine. Everytime it tells me it cannot find it. I live in
      Ohio, so I don’t think it matters that you live in Canada. I’ve emailed the problem to Geico
      twice and still have not received a response. I do have insurance through them.

  • http://Website Ryan

    Why does it need so many permissions?

  • http://Website david

    One problem so far… The digital versions of the insurance IDs are not yet available through the Android app. They do thany you for using GEICO’s Android services though, so this may be forthcoming.

    • Snafu77

      Not true. The app loads a mobile version of Geico’s site with your browser and downloads an insurance card PDF with cards for each vehicle.

  • Snafu77

    Insurance Glovebox for Android is something I wanted since I saw that they had created an app for the iPhone. At the time I owned an iPod Touch but the app was iPhone only. Since I never got to use it I can’t really compare functionality. Overall I’d say it is a nice little app. Nothing you should be opening very much unless you prefer paying your bill with your phone or are a diehard Geico commercial fanboy or fangirl.
    The app looks like an iPhone/Touch app with the menus and nav/edit buttons in the upper right hand corner. Rather than create an entire application that displayed various content they tried to seamlessly transition to pages from their iPhone ready mobile site. Most attempts to do anything that involves Geico besides paying your bill or viewing an ID card PDF lead you to a mobile site page with various phone numbers displayed. They do have phone icons that will actually load the number in the dialer for you so there is some benefit there if you don’t have their various department numbers in your contacts already. That is also the reason behind the “directly call phone numbers” permissions.
    You can only use this app’s Bill Pay & ID Cards( or Accident Helper) feature if you have an existing Geico website account. Once logged in you can see your policy number, policy dates, billing arrangements, due dates, and have options to make a payment or view your insurance cards. The insurance cards are just a pdf file that is downloaded from their website. You have to view the card externally with whatever PDF viewer you choose. There is also a link to download a PDF viewer that takes you to the market listing for Adobe Reader. I guess it’s nice to be able to access your cards like this. There is a disclaimer that this might not be accepted as proof of insurance so you won’t want to forget to print out your paper cards.
    Another primary feature of the app is the Accident Helper. It allows you to log the details of an accident and take pictures(I’m assuming this from the app permissions but I’m not going to go through reporting an accident because that could potentially be bad.) It actually allows you to store info for multiple accidents. Unless you just fell off the wagon or are just plain ol’ unlucky you won’t be using this much, but it’s nice to have around.
    There are more features like Roadside Assistance that uses your phone’s location services to find the nearest tow truck or lockout service. There is a similar Taxi/Rental Car locator, some really limited auto maintenance howto’s and a video page with links to their latest commercials on Youtube. No ringtones to be seen.
    All in all, if you have 2mb of space to spare and a Geico account it is worth having around, if for nothing else than the Accident Helper. On a scale of 1-10 I’d give it a 5. It’s nothing to get excited over but has some functionality that a Geico customer could use. I don’t see them earning any new customers with this. Try it out.

  • http://Website Derek

    I’m not a geico customer and never will be. Have had several friends who were, until they actually had to file a claim, then they got ripped off and screwed over majorly.

  • http://Website watbetch

    I’ll get in an accident so I can test out how good this app works.

  • http://Website Kimbo

    Yeah, why does this thing need so many permissions? e.g. “edit SMS or MMS”

  • http://Website Deep

    Anyone compare this to the Progressive Android app?

  • Darren M.

    i would like 2 download the glovebox app that includes the insurance cards 2 my mobile device, but dont kno how, could sumone help me with this download plzzz?