Apple care + still worth it for iPhone 7 plus

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  1. hrv888 macrumors 6502

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    Is it still worth it for iPhone 7 plus at CAD 169?
    39 for screen replacement and 129 for other accidents.
     
  2. Stewie macrumors 6502

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    Are you willing to risk having to buy a phone at full cost if it get damaged beyond repair? If yes than it isn't worth it. If no then it is probably worth it.
     
  3. burgman macrumors 65816

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    Like all insurance if you never use it no, if you use it yes. Trick is to look into the future and see if you would use it. Some do many don't.
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    That's not true an out of warranty replacement from Apple is $349 US
    https://support.apple.com/iphone/repair
     
  4. janeauburn macrumors 6502a

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    I've never used it but have bought it. I feel like a fool for buying it.
     
  5. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

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    its worth it when you have to use it. a lot of times people have problems after the 1yr warranty is up i.e.: physical damage. so for piece of mind its good to have.
     
  6. hrv888 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've always bought applecare + and used the phone naked. I've had a few parts failing after the 1 year warranty has expired but because I have applecare+, the genius usually just replace my device without much of a hassle. So I think, it is worth it based on historical facts. But, I bought it with amex so it increases my warranty to 2 years but it doesn't covers for accidents - just repairs.

    So I guess my real question is how likely will I drop my phone or whatnot or any other "accident" to justify the $169. For the past 7 years I've probably dropped my phone 10 times at most. But this 7plus scares me. It's slippery as hell and huge... Don't want to add a case since it makes it even bigger. Thinking of skins.. but I don't like having lint on the edges... hmmmmmmm

    Those who has the plus models and uses them naked, have you dropped it?
     
  7. kazmac macrumors 601

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    Considering today's Apple, I always buy Applecare +. Came through once on a 6. And if you trade in or sell the phone you can get a pro-rated refund for the remaining AppleCare+ if you call them and ask politely. I got almost $72 back on the AC+ I bought for my 6s when I traded the 6s in over a week ago.
     
  8. shook187 macrumors member

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    It's a ripoff just like any other electric insurance that has a deductible. It's simple mathematics what's the cost to replace the screen after the purchase of AppleCare and deductible? Now what's the price to replace the screen without AppleCare? I'll take a $20 chance

    Now Insurance that carries protection from loss or theft is slightly less of a rip off...only in the event your phone happens to get lost or stolen.
     
  9. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    I never purchased AC+ until the iPhone 5s and have since. Still have not used the accidental protection aspect, but Express Replacements and 1 free battery are more than worth the cost. Then you have the accidental protection added on top. Never having to go to the Apple Store for my devices or accessories saves so much time and wasted gas driving there.
     
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Never bought Apple are for any of my iPhones and never needed it. I did buy it for the first Apple Watch and did not need it either. If you are the type person who drops often or has lots of bad luck I would buy it.
     
  11. BeeGood macrumors 68000

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    If you're the type of person who rarely has mishaps with his/her phone (like me), you're probably better off self-insuring. Just put that $169 CAD in the bank each year.
     
  12. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I didn't purchase any for my iPhone 6. I just purchased an iPhone 7 plus 128 GB and did purchase AppleCare. I also have it in an Otterbox. I hope I never need to use my AppleCare, even though it cost $129.00. But, if I do, I like knowing I will be taken care of with the kind of customer service I have come to know with Apple.
     
  13. Stewie macrumors 6502

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    It is worded badly, probably on purpose, but I think that price covers hardware failure, not you dropping it.

    "Issues caused by accidental damage aren’t covered under the Apple Limited Warranty. "
     
  14. deano1972 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the Express replacement is very useful and I could have done with that recently with a fault on my iPhone 7, but I got things sorted in the end without it. It's a little expensive though apple care+ when tbh I've added my phone on to my home insurance for free to cover accidental damage ;)
     
  15. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Especially when you don't have an Apple Store with in reach. The nearest store for me is over an hour away.
     
  16. hitteam macrumors member

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    How are they refunding the AC+ credit? I bought my iPhone 6s over craiglist last year new, and comes with AC+ and still have 13 months left, I'm going to trade it in to tmobile to get the new iPhone 7.
     
  17. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    You call AppleCare and they will issue you a refund minus 10% I believe for the remaining unused portion.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202704
     
  18. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    I prefer to have it and not use it than not have it and need it. I had insurance on my iPhone 4 and cancelled it as I'd always taken insurance and never used it. Low and behold my phone was stolen later on and I didn't have insurance. I've always had some form of insurance ever since then. I have Apple care plus for my 7 plus.
     
  19. kazmac macrumors 601

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    They mail you a check if you do not have the credit card originally used to buy the phone.
     
  20. wxman2003 Suspended

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    Not much difference in cost for screen replacement. You pay $129 for warranty plus $29 for the screen. That comes to $158. Without a warranty it costs $149. Most of the repairs are for cracked screens. You are better off without a warranty, unless you break the screen multiple times.
     
  21. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    Its still insurance.... accidental or not...

    if u never sit it u'll be fine.
     
  22. wxman2003 Suspended

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    The odds of damaging your phone so that it will need a repair is slim. That's why they sell insurance. Insurance companies are nothing more than investment companies. They take your money and invest to make more money. The amount they charge for a policy is based on the amount of return they can get on that investment. If the rate of return drops, the price of insurance goes up.
     
  23. Eggtastic macrumors 6502a

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    Never bought apple care. Had a 2006 MBP, 2011 MBA, and now a 2016 rMB. Also had an iPhone3gs, iPhone 4, and now the iPhone 6+ which has lasted me 2.5 years. The camera had an issue but that was a manufacturing defect which they said they will replace (haven't gotten a chance to go to an apple store for repair).

    I take great care of my tech. I used minimal cases on all my phones and take them to the gym regularly. Of course accidents can happen but so far nothing has happened. So for now, money was saved in my part. My friend works construction and has an otterbox on his.

    So, i guess it depends on your lifestyle and if your a clumsy person?
     
  24. LoliS macrumors regular

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    I buy it and it has been worth it to me. You can call Apple and talk to reps about Apple ID issues or anything related to your phone for 2 years after purchase. In my family we buy new phones every year and sell the old ones. Sometimes the buyer wants the AC+ and pays extra for it but if they won't pay extra for it, Apple will refund a prorated amount if you never used it and cancel it.

    Out of 12 iPhones we have had, we have used AC+ for 3 screen repairs and 2 accidental damage replacement devices for water damage. And received another 3 warranty replacement devices after the 1 year warranty was up. And remember that we got refunds for any unused AC+ if the buyer of our old devices didn't want to pay extra for the AC+ coverage.
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    Did you buy the AC+ policy or did the seller buy it?
     
  25. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    I'm not clumsy but other people can be. I had a S7 edge and I sent it into one of those recycling sites to sell last year. It was in perfect condition when I sent it in but the company sent it back with a smashed and flickering screen. They were blaming the postal service and the postal service were blaming the the postal service were blaming the recycling company. As I had insurance on the phone and the postage I was able to get the phone replaced.
     

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