Otterbox buys Wrapsol to corner the gadget accessory market

Daniel Bader

November 14, 2012 12:26pm

It seems that these days the phone accessory market is as active as that of the phones themselves. One of the primiere names in the space is Otterbox, which we’ve covered many times before. Famous for its high-quality protective Commuter and Defender cases, it recently expanded into slimmer profiles and waterproof designs.

Now, Otterbox has announced it has purchased Wrapsol, a device wrapping company that specializes in keeping “naked” gadgets protected. Unlike products from Zagg and BestSkinsEver, Wrapsol skins are applied dry, so there are no soap bubbles and water droplets caught under the screen. It offers a number of specialized products for many devices, including the iPhone, iPad and many Android phones and tablets.

Conditions of the acquisition were not provided, but Otterbox claims that it is one of the fastest-growing companies in America, and judging from its presence at CES last year we believe it.

Source: Otterbox PR
Via: Engadget

  • anelectricmind

    I can’t vouch for the quality of Wrapsol’s products, but I know for sure that the Protective film that came with my Otterbox (for SGS3) was crap. So maybe that’s a good acquisition for Otterbox.

    • Reginald

      I too hope this means an improvement in the included screen protectors. At current the commuters comes with pretty garbage screen protectors.

  • Jesse

    I’m not really sure what to think of this….Otterbox is so hit and miss with their products…maybe it means there’ll be better screen protectors bundled with the cases now?

  • Mike

    A case shouldn’t cost 20% the cost of a new phone… Nexus 4 is what like $309? otterbox case will cost $49.99-59.99? For a piece of plastic? YOU 4 REAL BRO????

  • Mr Mystery

    Bring your 920 to my place, ill run it over at 60mph and then laugh as I scrape it off my drive into a shovel, in pieces. Nice try though.

  • Pat

    40 dollars for a protective cove, and anti-glare skin is not so bad for a 700 dollar phone. They really work.

  • Brad F(anboy)

    What does acquisition mean?

  • 45

    Ohhh, so YOU’RE the person who uses Bing.

  • Apple Sales Guy

    GET OUT TROLL.
    iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, with an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. Designed with an unprecedented level of precision, iPhone 5 combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays for a truly incredible fit and finish.

    Lumia 920 users are careless about their phone is butt ugly and deep down they have a deep sense of buyer’s remorse.

    That’s why they are more likely to drop them or run over them with a car.

    Iphone 5 is so beautiful that people who own the phone, treat them as preciously as they do their own children.

    Cheers
    ;)

  • Mike

    I’ve never used a case or screen protector, and so far I’ve never broken or scratched my phones… I figure when the day comes that I drop my phone and it explodes, I will treat myself to any phone I want with all the money I’ve saved… Plus there is nothing like the feel of a naked… phone in your hand.

    • OgtheDim

      Tomorrow…while on an emergency call, you will be attacked by a herd of monkeys and their banana peel sledgehammers.

      Your dignitiy will not survive……nor will your phone.

  • TheFire

    I’ve tried Wrapsol on multiple occasions (I sell these things). What’s funny about this deal is that the prevailing opinion in our store is that the only screen protectors worse than the ones Otterbox includes are Wrapsols.

  • Serious

    I use bing. I use it to search for Google.

  • Quinn

    Seriously, TheFire? Wrapsol is by far one of the best screen protector brands on the market. I sell these things too and I’ve only heard great feedback and I love the one on my phone. You sure you don’t work for Ghost Armor or something?