Annual upgrade plan: Apple or Verizon?

dmaxdmax

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I was set to get a 6s+ on the Apple Plan until I learned that Verizon has introduced a similar deal. Any opinions on which is better? I'm an Upgrade eligible Verizon customer.

The thing that jumps out at me is that AppleCare has a $79 deductible while Verizon's is $199 though it covers loss and theft.

Thank you.
 

off_piste

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Verizon's is $11 a month, right?

I went in to Verizon to ask what condition the phone had to be in and they told me near perfect but didn't have any guidelines. I decided to go with Apple because they'll either take it as is or there will be something so wrong they'll repair under Apple Care and then I can exchange.

Maybe that's faulty logic but that's how I rationalized it.
 

MsRandall

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Apple Care Deductible is $99 on the 6s and 6s plus and on the Apple Care plan you cant transfer to a new device so you are constantly buying and refunding AC+.
 

dmaxdmax

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Apple Care Deductible is $99 on the 6s and 6s plus and on the Apple Care plan you cant transfer to a new device so you are constantly buying and refunding AC+.
Yes, but it's included in the annual upgrade plan.
 

thatanonymoususer

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Apple Care Deductible is $99 on the 6s and 6s plus and on the Apple Care plan you cant transfer to a new device so you are constantly buying and refunding AC+.
Kida yes kinda no.
You can't transfer your coverage from your 6+ to your 6s+, but if you break your phone and get an exchange, the new phone is insured for either 60 days after you recieve the replacement or until the original's time is up, whichever is longer. If you get a complete replacement and want to move the coverage to the new phone's serial number so that you can forget your old serial number, they allow you to get a refund on the remaining AppleCare and buy a new AppleCare for your new serial number effectively giving you an extra however long past your original expiration date. The refund and sale is by no means neccisary though if you just want to avoid spending money on it.
 

MsRandall

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Kida yes kinda no.
You can't transfer your coverage from your 6+ to your 6s+, but if you break your phone and get an exchange, the new phone is insured for either 60 days after you recieve the replacement or until the original's time is up, whichever is longer. If you get a complete replacement and want to move the coverage to the new phone's serial number so that you can forget your old serial number, they allow you to get a refund on the remaining AppleCare and buy a new AppleCare for your new serial number effectively giving you an extra however long past your original expiration date. The refund and sale is by no means neccisary though if you just want to avoid spending money on it.

I'm aware of the process - I did it 3 years in a row so this year I opted to not add AppleCare for that reason - never used it once.
 

jpgr15

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In my book, anything that cuts my dealings with VZW down or out of the picture is the way to go.

Personally, I find a lot of value in AppleCare+. When things are not working, the ability to walk into an Apple Store and out with a repaired phone or replacement that same day is huge.

Best yet, with Apple's upgrade program, if you upgrade yearly, you're really only paying half price for AppleCare+.
 

thatanonymoususer

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The bigger benefit to AppleCare+ in my oppinion would be access to express service. You can use it if you completely break your phone To ask them to send you a replacement phone before you send in yours. It's time sensitive, so it's really only beneficial if you live a bit further away from any Apple stores like I do.
 
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dmaxdmax

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I went with the Apple plan. In the last year I've had to bring in my 6 three times. Each time they ran diagnostics while I watched and twice they sent me home with a new phone, no questions asked nor paperwork required. Also, I was able to schedule an appointment at my convenience.

I doubt very much that I would enjoy the same CS at Verizon.