AppleCare+ Launches in Europe with Quiet Addition of Plans for the iPod Lineup
Today, Apple quietly extended AppleCare+ coverage to customers in the United Kingdom, France and Italy. The $99 USD a year plan costs €69 in France and Italy and £55 in the United Kingdom. It covers up to two incidents of accidental damage from handling however previously the incidental damage coverage would incur an additional $49 service fee (plus applicable tax), which has been increased to $79 for up to two incidents.
Under the plan, Apple promises to provide repair or replacement coverage, both parts and labor, from its authorized technicians for AirPort, iPhone and iPad devices. The battery and the included USB cable and power adapter are also covered by the plan. One thing to note is that AppleCare+ must be purchased in the home country in which the device will be used. Apple’s standard warranty included with every iPhone purchase comes with 90 days of complimentary telephone support and one year of warranty coverage.
The AppleCare+ for the iPod touch and iPod Classic were also quietly added, allowing Apple customers to purchase an additional year of coverage for the iPods as well as phone support beyond 90 days and most importantly, two incidents of accidental damage coverage (+$29 service fee) for $59. Previously, only regular AppleCare was available to iPods and was grouped with Apple TVs.