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nbmoose
Feb 5, 2008, 07:04 PM
I think I am going to purchase a 1.6/80GB MBA soon. Should I get the apple care plan?
Is it worth it?



Salty Pirate
Feb 5, 2008, 07:23 PM
absolutely yes if you are going to keep it longer than one year

Cybergypsy
Feb 5, 2008, 07:41 PM
buy it on ebay its half the price....

abhorsen
Feb 5, 2008, 08:16 PM
definitely pick up Apple Care for the lappy if you will have it past the initial year of warranty coverage.

Jimmie Geddes
Feb 5, 2008, 08:51 PM
Definitely pickup the Apple Care. I didn't buy it for my 12"PowerBook G4, and sure enough a little over a year my hard drive failed and needed to be replaced. Apple wanted to charge me a lot to replace it, and told me I should have bought Apple Care (add insult to injury why don't ya,lol). I haven't bought Apple Care for my MacBook Air yet, I barely afforded the MacBook Air.

Thanks CyberGypsy for the ebay tip, I'm going to check it out, and will definitely get Apple Care for my MacBook Air.

Apple Care is a must on their Laptops, I learned the hard way.

ahaxton
Feb 5, 2008, 09:05 PM
I didn't get it and I'm not planning to. I figure a MBA with improvements I think are worth buying will come out within a year or close to. Same how I believe with the iPhone that rev 2 will be significantly better.

bjdraw
Feb 5, 2008, 09:36 PM
Like everyone else says, it really comes down to if you'll think you'll keep it for more than a year. The good news is, I'm pretty sure you got an entire year before you have to buy it.

But if you do keep it past the 1 year, just one repair will make it worth the $250.

Hmac
Feb 5, 2008, 09:39 PM
I think I am going to purchase a 1.6/80GB MBA soon. Should I get the apple care plan?
Is it worth it?
APP for my MBP was $350 from Apple...I bought it on ebay for $200.

abhorsen
Feb 6, 2008, 08:33 AM
Remember too that Apple Care is less with an education discount, just like the hardware. I work for a college and saved a chunk on the Apple Care for my Air.

nbmoose
Feb 11, 2008, 07:41 PM
so let me get this straight...
i have a full year to decide whether or not i want apple care? I have full coverage for a full year?

So in other words i could just save up $$$ and buy it at the end of the year?

abijnk
Feb 11, 2008, 07:45 PM
so let me get this straight...
i have a full year to decide whether or not i want apple care? I have full coverage for a full year?

So in other words i could just save up $$$ and buy it at the end of the year?

That's right, you are covered for one year, the apple care extends that coverage for another 2 years, making 3 years of total warranty. Also, like others have said, don't buy through Apple, get it on ebay or another online place where it is significantly cheaper (just make sure it is sealed so that it is valid). Another thing to consider is if you keep it past 1 year and don't make your money back getting a free repair, you will have a higher resell value with the apple care.

Mr.Green
Feb 11, 2008, 08:30 PM
You have 90 days software and 1 year hardware support. If you get Applecare within 90 days, you can have uninterrupted software support.

kyleen66
Feb 12, 2008, 06:25 AM
I have found Applecare to be a worthwhile investment.

My last three Notebooks have had it, and I've ended up using it on all of them. My MBP is going in for service as soon as I get my work files on the Air.

This would be the third time I've sent that one it. I put more hours on my computers than most (seems like) and it's always been worth it.

MattG
Feb 12, 2008, 07:09 AM
Every Apple laptop I've ever owned has had to go in for repair (my current MBP is going in today...joy). Buy it...for sure.

Maui19
Feb 12, 2008, 09:13 AM
I didn't find any great deals on eBay for the MBA Apple Care. They were priced within a few bucks of what Apple was charging ($183, I think). I could be wrong though.

joefrank64k
Feb 12, 2008, 09:31 AM
The APP for the MBA with Education Discount is US$183 on Apple's Web Site

dahcheet
Feb 12, 2008, 09:35 AM
I just remembered that I ordered Apple Care with my MBA. Was I supposed to get a box or something?? Or am I suppose to be comforted knowing I ordered it?

Cybergypsy
Feb 12, 2008, 09:51 AM
APP for my MBP was $350 from Apple...I bought it on ebay for $200. bought mine foe 170 shipped last year

so let me get this straight...
i have a full year to decide whether or not i want apple care? I have full coverage for a full year?

So in other words i could just save up $$$ and buy it at the end of the year? yes but dont go a day over the date..you will not be able to get it also you can get a refund if you sell your lappy :) pro- rated :)

Terwal
Feb 13, 2008, 09:32 AM
Hi,

Have actually bought my Apple Care at the same time as my MBA.

On my Apple Order Status, the section for the Apple Care says "Complete", even though I have not received any "physical" delivery: no small package, no letter...

Can somebody shed some light on this for me ? Is the Care Plan "dematerialized" ?

thanks,

w.

dahcheet
Feb 13, 2008, 09:48 AM
Hi,

Have actually bought my Apple Care at the same time as my MBA.

On my Apple Order Status, the section for the Apple Care says "Complete", even though I have not received any "physical" delivery: no small package, no letter...

Can somebody shed some light on this for me ? Is the Care Plan "dematerialized" ?

thanks,

w.

I have the same thing and got concerned because when I went to the Apple site to activate my Apple Care (thinking I could use my order number or something) it asked for an Apple Care number. So I called up Apple and asked. The customer service rep said that the Apple Care package comes a couple weeks after you receive your Macbook Air. No real reason for it, but that's what she told me. Shouldn't be too much of a concern since you're completely covered (Hardware and Software) for the first 90 days. I'm giving it till the end of the month (got my MBA Feb 4, end of the month seems like a good amount of time) and then calling again.

Terwal
Feb 13, 2008, 10:04 AM
Thanks dahcheet... :) Strange though...

Anybody else with the same experience ?

beatzfreak
Feb 13, 2008, 11:06 AM
I just bought my Apple Care today at CompUSA. Since they are going out of business, It's $125. :D

mementomori
Feb 14, 2008, 01:31 PM
I live in Belgium and ordered the MBA at Switch, the biggest Apple Premium Reseller.
I also took SwitchCare instead of AppleCare. It has the same warranty extension (3years) but includes damage by user (like dropping it to the ground or water damage etc, it has a 150 franchise though) and only cost's 154,99

For those who are interested and can read Dutch :p
http://www.switchshops.be/switchcare/index.php

lewisozz
Feb 14, 2008, 02:05 PM
I just bought apple care yesterday and i was with my girlfriend and my bag with MBA dropped down a flight of stairs !!!! It was ok because i got the 1.8GHz SSD Model LUCKY ME !!!!! THANK GOD FOR APPLE CARE :mad::):):apple:

marykay9507
Feb 14, 2008, 02:18 PM
I just bought apple care yesterday and i was with my girlfriend and my bag with MBA dropped down a flight of stairs !!!! It was ok because i got the 1.8GHz SSD Model LUCKY ME !!!!! THANK GOD FOR APPLE CARE :mad::):):apple:

applecare doesn't cover accidental damage:eek:

dahcheet
Feb 14, 2008, 02:19 PM
I just bought apple care yesterday and i was with my girlfriend and my bag with MBA dropped down a flight of stairs !!!! It was ok because i got the 1.8GHz SSD Model LUCKY ME !!!!! THANK GOD FOR APPLE CARE :mad::):):apple:

OH NOES! :eek:

Did it survive? Pics of damage?

dibara2003
Feb 14, 2008, 07:41 PM
compusa still has their apple care in stock for a nice discount

shuffles
Feb 14, 2008, 07:47 PM
If i buy it off ebay does it matter which country it comes from or is it universal??

profiteor
Feb 15, 2008, 02:31 AM
so let me get this straight...
i have a full year to decide whether or not i want apple care? I have full coverage for a full year?

So in other words i could just save up $$$ and buy it at the end of the year?

Yes. This is usually what I do. I don't typically need the phone support. Just remember, AppleCare is NOT accidental damage insurance.

Terwal
Feb 15, 2008, 02:54 AM
I have the same thing and got concerned because when I went to the Apple site to activate my Apple Care (thinking I could use my order number or something) it asked for an Apple Care number. So I called up Apple and asked. The customer service rep said that the Apple Care package comes a couple weeks after you receive your Macbook Air. No real reason for it, but that's what she told me. Shouldn't be too much of a concern since you're completely covered (Hardware and Software) for the first 90 days. I'm giving it till the end of the month (got my MBA Feb 4, end of the month seems like a good amount of time) and then calling again.

Have called Apple as well: they have confirmed dahcheet feedback. When you buy your MBA with Apple Care at the same time from Apple, the MBA is automatically registered for Apple Care. You receive the certificate a couple of weeks after by mail. But to check, when you receive your MBA, you can go to the Apple Care section of the Apple website, input your MBA serial number and should get confirmation that you are registered.

lewisozz
Feb 15, 2008, 03:44 AM
OHH i just say someone mugged me at school !!! then will probly belive me !!!! cause the MBA so nice !!!!!

lewisozz
Feb 15, 2008, 03:47 AM
Ohh crap !!!!! SOME ONE MUGGED ME !!!!

dahcheet
Feb 15, 2008, 07:22 AM
Have called Apple as well: they have confirmed dahcheet feedback. When you buy your MBA with Apple Care at the same time from Apple, the MBA is automatically registered for Apple Care. You receive the certificate a couple of weeks after by mail. But to check, when you receive your MBA, you can go to the Apple Care section of the Apple website, input your MBA serial number and should get confirmation that you are registered.

Just checked the Apple Care Site and it has my agreement number and everything in there. It's good to have the peace of mind that they know I bought it and that it's registered.

dahcheet
Feb 20, 2008, 11:32 AM
Just an FYI to everyone who ordered their Apple Care with their MBA. I just received my Apple Care CD and information today, two weeks after receiving my Air. So, if you haven't gotten yours yet, it's in the mail.

BaronvdB
Feb 20, 2008, 02:16 PM
I would say buy it...i have it on my iMac and I have already bought it for my future macbook pro....get it from eBay for like 30%-50% off....i sell it on eBay sometimes (i'm all out right now though).

aristobrat
Feb 20, 2008, 02:23 PM
OHH i just say someone mugged me at school !!! then will probly belive me !!!! cause the MBA so nice !!!!!
AppleCare doesn't cover that, either.

Basically, it covers the cost of parts and labor for any component in your Mac that may fail. Plus, you get phone support for any OS X or any application that came on your MBA.

But accidental damage and theft it does not cover.