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View Poll Results: Mail or take to Apple store 88.1 miles away??
Mail IPhone 4S to Apple 13 56.52%
Take IPhone 4s to Apple store 88.1 miles away 10 43.48%
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Safe to mail IPhone 4S

Recently the Wi-Fi option on my phone has greyed out and Apple says I could send my phone in for a replacement or take it to an Apple store...Since the only Apple store near me is 88.1 miles away I thought it would be easier to mail it. But they said if they received it damaged it would be charged to my credit card. My question here is this, if I mail my phone in to Apple to let them replace it would it be safe on the way to delivery?? Like hitting bumps in the truck, accidents, or them claiming they didn't receive it anything like that. I have never mailed anything to them before and I'm nervous, as I am under a contract and don't have $500 laying around. Maybe I'm just being extra cautious or nervous I don't know.

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Old Jun 16, 2013, 03:54 PM   #2
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I'd say you would be fine by mailing it. Just make sure to pack it with lots of bubble wrap or whatever. You may also want to pay for shipping insurance for extra piece of mind.

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Old Jun 16, 2013, 04:08 PM   #3
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I'd say you would be fine by mailing it. Just make sure to pack it with lots of bubble wrap or whatever. You may also want to pay for shipping insurance for extra piece of mind.

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Thanks for the help but I'm going to leave this thread as unresolved to see others votes. Because I'm kind of nervous about mailing it.
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 04:18 PM   #4
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How quick do you want your phone replaced. That should determine whether you mail it or drive it to Apple.
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 04:26 PM   #5
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How quick do you want your phone replaced. That should determine whether you mail it or drive it to Apple.
As soon as possible which would take longer??
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 04:35 PM   #6
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As soon as possible which would take longer??
In theory driving it to the store is faster as they should replace the phone on the spot, but you should make sure they have a replacement in stock.
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 04:48 PM   #7
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About how long would it take if I were to mail it into Apple??
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 05:10 PM   #8
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Don't mail it! I have my own horror story from this. Although I live in a fairly urban area near an Apple store, I wanted to send my device to Amazon for trade-in. They were giving me a GREAT deal! Well, when I handed the phone to the ups Driver, he chucked I felt the bubble wrap slide off before he chucked it into the back of the truck. Amazon refuses to acknowledge my claim and after the phone arrived, it's been sitting in the "mystery merchant's" warehous for OVER A WEEK!! Now, even though Apple isn't Amazon, I would feel much more comfortable actually driving it to the Apple store so you can follow it's path all the way to getting it back. Just my opinion.
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 05:17 PM   #9
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Don't mail it! I have my own horror story from this. Although I live in a fairly urban area near an Apple store, I wanted to send my device to Amazon for trade-in. They were giving me a GREAT deal! Well, when I handed the phone to the ups Driver, he chucked I felt the bubble wrap slide off before he chucked it into the back of the truck. Amazon refuses to acknowledge my claim and after the phone arrived, it's been sitting in the "mystery merchant's" warehous for OVER A WEEK!! Now, even though Apple isn't Amazon, I would feel much more comfortable actually driving it to the Apple store so you can follow it's path all the way to getting it back. Just my opinion.
Thank you so much!! I will definitely take it myself!
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 07:00 PM   #10
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Just pack it really well. I mail much more sensitive things then iPhones quite often. Just have to pack it right.
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 09:17 PM   #11
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bubble wrap it and put it in a small flat rate box.

you might as well learn how to ship, its not hard
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 09:21 PM   #12
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Pad it well and insure it and you'll be fine. What they are telling you is a standard disclaimer and people try to pull fast ones by sending in pieces and saying it was fine when they mailed it.
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Old Jun 16, 2013, 10:05 PM   #13
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Assuming you are in the United States, why not just insure it for $550?
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 03:58 AM   #14
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If you want, you can get express replacement. They send you a new replacement phone first, so you won't be without a phone for weeks, and then you can send the old phone back in the box they used to send you the replacement phone. Just stuff those materials they used to protect the phone back into the box, so you can be sure it has enough protection to survive the journey to apple.

I have done this with apple multiple times and never had a problem.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 07:19 AM   #15
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Geesh...just package it properly, buy insurance, and mail it. How do you think they get to the store in the first place? Or to your house if you order it from apple.com?
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 07:31 AM   #16
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Safe to mail IPhone 4S

Get insurance if the package gets lost. I have gotten a lost package recently that usps lost that had a replacement case in it and it had attacking number. Its been processed from a week now.


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Old Jun 17, 2013, 08:37 AM   #17
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88miles... I'd drive it, only an hour away
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 12:05 PM   #19
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Geesh...just package it properly, buy insurance, and mail it. How do you think they get to the store in the first place? Or to your house if you order it from apple.com?
Millions of iPhones and other electronics more expensive than iPhones are mailed every year. Not a big deal.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 12:19 PM   #20
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My question here is this, if I mail my phone in to Apple to let them replace it would it be safe on the way to delivery??
If you're worried then use FedEx or UPS (or some other traceable shipping method) and get the device insured.

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Mail or take to Apple store 88.1 miles away??
Polling's not the way to answer your question. You need to make the call based on your preferences. Do you want easier or faster? Answer that and you'll have your answer.

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As soon as possible which would take longer??
Delivery times available on the site of the shipping companies. You can easily figure out how quickly you can cover 88 miles in each direction.
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Old Jun 18, 2013, 02:21 PM   #21
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