Did you have to call for the partial refund?
yes I called AppleCare and got a partial refund. I explained to them that I am purchasing the iPhone five and would be selling my iPhone 4s and I requested a refund of the unused portion of my apple care +. It took about three weeks and they sent me a check in the mail because I had canceled the credit card I had previously bought it on. Actually received the payment Friday and I received $47.54 back of the $99 I paid.
I'm not sure what refund fee people are talking about. I purchased applecare+ for my iPhone for 4s in October 2011 and I canceled that on September 23, 2012 and I received a check in the mail for $47.54 as a refund