Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by insomniac321123, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. insomniac321123 macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2006
    Milwaukee, WI
    Im sure this question has been asked many times, but I couldn't find any.

    I am about to buy my first mac, a mbp. If I dont buy applecare right now, will I have the exact same coverage, as if I did buy it, just for only 1 year?

    It is kind of important, because if I dont get applecare now, I can get the 2.0. If I do get applecare now I can only afford the 1.83.

    So what is your opinion?

    And again, sorry if this is a repeat thread

  2. dailo macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2006
    You can buy it any time before one year from your purchase date. I am waiting until this summer to buy applecare, as I currently cannot afford it either after wasting all my cash on the MBP. You can also find it cheaper from other resellers online, or if you have student discount it's about 100 buxs cheaper than normal price.
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    The thing you miss by waiting is the free telephone support calls, which end in 90 days if you don;t have the extended Applecare.
  4. insomniac321123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2006
    Milwaukee, WI
    So what would you recommend?

    Do you use the phone support often?
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I've never used Applecare phone support...the MacRumors forums are much simpler and more convenient! :D

    Does come in handy for some people though...
  6. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    at any time ANY time during the first year you can buy the applecare from day 91 on, if you NEED phone support, then you can buy applecare and get phone support for the rest of the first year

    if you need it
  7. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Go ahead and get the fastest machine you can afford, but be sure to set aside
    funds for AppleCare before your warranty expires.

    If you have a warranty issue, Apple will take pretty good care of you.

    Phone support is really there for set-up issues and general questions.

    MacRumors has you covered for just about anything you might want to know
    and there's ususally someone here 24/7 if you get stuck.

    If you are eligable for education discounts, that will also save you money
    when you purchase AppleCare or any Pro software you need.
  8. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    I haven't bought it yet... have until september
    My brother's pb never got it, still no issues that he couldn't get figured out here.
    His G5 imac on the other hand has it, used the warrenty once for a power supply issue (fixed under standard warranty though used he used the phone service portion of his applecare).
    So sometimes it is good to have right away, soemtimes you can wait and sometimes you get lucky and don't need it;)

    that said, on the intels, it is better to buy it and have piece of mind than having to pay up for repairs

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