UK HE Discount and Extra Warrenty

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  1. yogi477 macrumors regular

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    I am thinking of buying an Intel iMac as I am about to graduate and want to take advantage of my HE discount while I can but I have a few questions I hope osmeone will know the answer to:

    1. What is HE Contract uplift that is the only option under Applecare when on the HE store (it costs about £50)? Could it be phone support (as all HE computers now come with 3 years warrenty)?

    2. Is it worth upgrading the graphics card from 128MB to 256MB for about £40? Will it make that much difference in future if I want to play the odd game and maybe install windows for gaming only?

    3. If I was to install windows on it, is there any way to stop it from connecting to the internet at all so that I won't get viruses and don't want to shell out for some Norton crap?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. yogi477 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Its Higher Education, the store is the HE National Contract store that you can only get on through university campus networks in the UK, it brings the price down quite a lot and now gives a 3 year warrenty for free. Just not sure what the whole 'uplift' thing is all about so if anyone has bought from there has any ideas please let me know!
     
  3. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816

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    My girlfriend bought a MacBook a couple of weeks ago, and she got 3 years of Applecare for £117 and she got HE discount off the MacBook. The guy even gave us more discount off the MacBook, but unfortunately as it was the day of release, they couldn't offer it.

    Basically, if you are a student, Apple offer you 3 years extended guarantee, with 1 year phone support.

    If you buy Applecare, you get 3 years guarantee, and 3 years phone support.

    I think it's definately worth buying Applecare for the extended phone support, because after the first year, if you phone up and need an engineer, it will cost you £30 everytime.

    Hope that helps.

    Rich.
     
  4. yogi477 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that, so if you phone up then it might be possible to get more discount? I'm not sure I would need the phone support as I live quite near to an Apple Store, would be a bit of a pain getting it there but if it broke then it would probably need repair anyway.
     
  5. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816

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    Yep. He tried to give us more, but since it was the release day of the MacBook he wasn't allowed. I'm sure it might be a possibility on the iMac.

    It's your call on the phone support. There is no Apple store whatsoever in my country, so we decided phone support would be a good idea.

    Rich.
     
  6. yogi477 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the help, I think I'll give that a go.

    Does anyone have any ideas about whether or not upgrading the graphics card would be a good idea?
     
  7. Roba macrumors 6502

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    The HE store is offering students free warranty for three years but this only includes phone support for the first 90 days. The HE uplift will offer you free phone support over the three years as opposed to just being 90 days.
    Of course this is a great deal but if you do intend to sell your iMac in the future i don't know how easy it will be to sell and pass on this form of APP though. The standard student APP that you can buy I know that can be passed on but i don't know about this.

    For that £50 for the upgrade you could probably buy a full standard APP or a discounted full student APP for your iMac from ebay or ebay.com for the same money. I bought myself APP for the MBP for £90 from ebay the US site and in the UK this retails for £220/280. I just registered it the other day and everything was fine. Apple APP is worldwide universal so you can buy and use it anywhere in the world.



    I think that the video card upgrade is well worth it because this will improve the performance of your computer and it will help to future proof it a bit in my opinion.
     
  8. yogi477 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the advice, I think I will go for the upgrade but I doubt I will bother with the phone support, like I said I will take it to the Apple Store or ask anyone on here if they can help me fix it.

    Thanks Guys!
     
  9. Roba macrumors 6502

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    If you go for the upgrade that means that you will purchasing the phone support part of the care plan as that is what the HE standard uplift is. I don't know how well i explained what i did before but it is the phone cover for the three years as opposed to being 90 days only.
    By purchasing your iMac from the HE you will automatically get three years free warranty but this will only come with the standard 90 days phone support as opposed to the three years that you could get if you bought the uplift plan. You will still be able to get technical support though if anything went wrong but you would have to take your product into an Apple store yourself or pay £35 to speak to an Apple technician who could possibly arrange to get your iMac picked up for you.
     
  10. NATO macrumors 68000

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    As mentioned in the terms and conditions

    "10.1.1 All Apple-branded desktop and portable computer products shall be subject to a 36 calendar month warranty period commencing from the date of delivery."

    The reason for my post is that I'm contemplating purchasing a second Cinema Display and I'd love to know if this would be covered under this new HE scheme?
     

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