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  • Apple Introduces AppleCare+ for Accident-Prone iPhone Owners


    Apple also rolled out a new program called AppleCare+, which will be available along with the iPhone 4S beginning October 14th. The $99 program is unique in that it offers coverage for the iPhone up to two accidents. So if you're accident-prone and you plan to purchase the new iPhone 4S, this may be a purchase worth making, says Apple.

    Every iPhone still comes with one full year of hardware repair coverage and, additionally, 90 days of telephone technical support. According to the announcement made this afternoon by Apple, the new AppleCare+ program "extends repair coverage and technical support to two years from the original purchase date of your iPhone and adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage due to handling."

    Each accident, however, is subject to a $49 service fee. Still, as you might expect, AppleCare+ allows for users to enjoy the telephone company of Apple experts who can help troubleshoot issues via telephone or at your nearest convenient Apple Retail Store.

    They’ll answer questions about iOS, Apple iPhone apps such as Mail, iMessage, and Calendar, and help you solve interconnectivity issues between your iPhone and Mac or PC. And if your iPhone needs service under the plan, Apple technical support representatives can even set up a repair during the same call.
    Are you interested in AppleCare+ or will you take a pass this time around?

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Introduces AppleCare+ for Accident-Prone iPhone Owners started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      I'm passing on the iPhone 4s all together...
    1. DoWoRkSoN's Avatar
      DoWoRkSoN -
      Yes I'm passing on the iPhone 4s all together as well. Nothing great coming out of this new model. But my girlfriend will benefit from it because she had the iPhone 3G and it died on her so this is a huge upgrade for her LOL. I'm sticking to my iPhone 4. I might have to get her this plan since she is one of those accident prone persons.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This is actually more exciting than the new iPhone. This is a better value than phone insurance offered through your carrier
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Even though I hate to update and get the iPhone 4s I might because I am still using the 3Gs here and would love something a little different. As for the applecare probably will not get it because I have never needed something like this since I started with the iPhone.
    1. Madman604x's Avatar
      Madman604x -
      a good case and bar of soap (butterfingers) is cheaper.
    1. iphoneguy.'s Avatar
      iphoneguy. -
      So $150-$200 for up to two fixes? eh, not really worth, espcially since it doesn't sound like it covers water damage.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      This is not worth the cost at all. Think of it this way-$99 for coverage$49/per incidentLimited to 2 claimsSo you will have to spend $149 if you damage your iPhone accidentally ie. Break your screen, break the back, etc. Most repair companies charge a fraction of this price still and offer while you wait service without an appointment or the hassle of dealing with Apple and receiving a refurbished iPhone as a replacement. No thank you, I would rather get my iPhone repaired for the same price or less and keep all of my data.
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      $200 = 2 repairs in 2 years... OR $200 = iPhone 4ss/5/6 in 1-2 years... Not a tough choice there.
    1. Slmchrist's Avatar
      Slmchrist -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      I'm passing on the iPhone 4s all together...
      DITTO!!!!! I'll pass also. I'm thinking alot of iPhone 4 owners are feeling the same way. Not enough for me to upgrade.
    1. stefanlyl's Avatar
      stefanlyl -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      This is actually more exciting than the new iPhone. This is a better value than phone insurance offered through your carrier
      Lol i have to agree, its nicer knowing you have protection available for your iphone no matter what happens then being able to talk to it, though i am hoping i enjoy talking to it since i have no one else to talk to :P
    1. mutigers42's Avatar
      mutigers42 -
      is it wrong to point out that you simply could wait till you dropped the phone, then buy the care - and report it two weeks later?

      you can buy applecare at any point in your warranty....

      naturally this makes it never a waste of money as you only spend the $100 when you already know the protection will be used...just a tip
    1. thekirbylover's Avatar
      thekirbylover -
      If I get a 4S, I'm gonna jailbreak it anyway, so no point in buying AppleCare+ for me.
    1. Localedge's Avatar
      Localedge -
      Quote Originally Posted by mutigers42 View Post
      is it wrong to point out that you simply could wait till you dropped the phone, then buy the care - and report it two weeks later?

      you can buy applecare at any point in your warranty....

      naturally this makes it never a waste of money as you only spend the $100 when you already know the protection will be used...just a tip
      Actually you only have 30 days to add apple care plan to your phone if you miss it you can't add it later. But I agree it's not worth it at all.