AppleCare

jaack

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Hey,

If I were to buy an iPhone with AppleCare and decide in 12 months I want to purchase a new iPhone, can I move my AppleCare to that device?

I looked at the iPhone Upgrade Programme since it includes AppleCare but it seems to be cheaper buying the phone and AppleCare outright – at least in the UK.
 

Relentless Power

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Hey,

If I were to buy an iPhone with AppleCare and decide in 12 months I want to purchase a new iPhone, can I move my AppleCare to that device?

I looked at the iPhone Upgrade Programme since it includes AppleCare but it seems to be cheaper buying the phone and AppleCare outright – at least in the UK.
In the U.S., From my understanding (Which I may be incorrect), AppleCare transfers only from one owner to another with the device that has it attached from when it was originally added. I don't believe you can transfer AppleCare from one device to another that you purchased separately. AppleCare would have to be purchased for a new device separately.
 
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akash.nu

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Apple Care is essentially an insurance and every insurance is attached to the specific device. So you can not transfer it from one device to another.
 
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LoveToMacRumors

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Hey,

If I were to buy an iPhone with AppleCare and decide in 12 months I want to purchase a new iPhone, can I move my AppleCare to that device?

I looked at the iPhone Upgrade Programme since it includes AppleCare but it seems to be cheaper buying the phone and AppleCare outright – at least in the UK.
Well dam, if that was the case, I would like to use my Apple watch Apple care for my iPhone?
 
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geoff5093

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Just cancel it when you get a new phone and get a refund for what you didn't use, that's what I did when I sold my 7+ over the winter.
 
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dmk1974

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So I recently bought an iPhone on Swappa that had AppleCare + on it. Looked up the serial number and confirmed it. However, if the previous owner decided to submit for a partial refund on it down the road, could I unknowingly lose that extended coverage?
 

Givmeabrek

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So I recently bought an iPhone on Swappa that had AppleCare + on it. Looked up the serial number and confirmed it. However, if the previous owner decided to submit for a partial refund on it down the road, could I unknowingly lose that extended coverage?
Yes you could unless the previous owner transfers ownership of AC+ to you. It can be done but most people don't bother.
 

pojo1806

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Hey,

If I were to buy an iPhone with AppleCare and decide in 12 months I want to purchase a new iPhone, can I move my AppleCare to that device?

I looked at the iPhone Upgrade Programme since it includes AppleCare but it seems to be cheaper buying the phone and AppleCare outright – at least in the UK.
The upgrade plan doesn't cost more, it's 0% interest on the price of a phone with applecare+ spread over 20 months.
 
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pojo1806

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It does if I upgrade to the latest iPhone each year
Explain to me how it costs more...? If you use the upgrade plan you only pay 11 months of the 20 month term, you then hand the phone back and start a new upgrade plan.

Example:

iPhone7 128gb w/ AC+ = £818
£49 deposit plus 11x £38.45 payments = £471.95

If you don't upgrade and just pay the whole term it's £49 plus 20x £38.45 which is still £818.
 

jaack

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Explain to me how it costs more...? If you use the upgrade plan you only pay 11 months of the 20 month term, you then hand the phone back and start a new upgrade plan.

Example:

iPhone7 128gb w/ AC+ = £818
£49 deposit plus 11x £38.45 payments = £471.95

If you don't upgrade and just pay the whole term it's £49 plus 20x £38.45 which is still £818.
iPhone 7 128GB with AppleCare+ = £818
Sell phone for ~50% of it's value after 12 months = total cost of £468

iPhone Upgrade Programme
£49 Deposit
x12 monthly payments of £38.45 = £461.40

Total = £510.40

That's assuming the next iPhone comes out exactly one year later and you upgrade then. Even if you were to upgrade after the 11th month, it'd still be cheaper – even if it's only around £5-10.
 

pojo1806

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iPhone 7 128GB with AppleCare+ = £818
Sell phone for ~50% of it's value after 12 months = total cost of £468

iPhone Upgrade Programme
£49 Deposit
x12 monthly payments of £38.45 = £461.40

Total = £510.40

That's assuming the next iPhone comes out exactly one year later and you upgrade then. Even if you were to upgrade after the 11th month, it'd still be cheaper – even if it's only around £5-10.
So you are factoring in selling the iPhone there which you didn't state in your OP. I am pointing out the fact the price is exactly the same whether you buy it outright with AC+ or use the upgrade plan, it's still £818 at the end of it.
 
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