Are you buying AppleCare+ for your 5s/5c?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by falcora, Sep 15, 2013.

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Are you buying AppleCare+ for your 5s/5c

  1. Yes, I am buying AppleCare+

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  2. No, I will not be buying AppleCare+

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  1. falcora macrumors 6502

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    The per incident cost of the AppleCare replacements went up to $79 vs $49 last year. Is that a deal breaker for anyone? I purchased it last year, but I've never broken a phone. The fact that it extends the normal warranty to two years is irrelevant for me since I upgrade every year. If I don't have AppleCare, what is the estimated cost of replacing a cracked screen? Water soaked?
     
  2. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like to know this as well. What does Apple charge if you break a phone and don't have AppleCare? Seems silly to pay $99 up front and then $70 IF my phone breaks, when I can just pay $170 on the spot if I actually break my phone. If Apple charges $170 to people without AppleCare to fix the phone then it makes the most sense to just wait until you break your phone.
     
  3. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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  4. Collin789 macrumors regular

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    I used to get the apple care on my iPhone but haven't on my last 2. It's just too expensive. They charge you $100 upfront and then $80 for a replacement?! Last time I was in the apple store, they told me it costs $200 for a new phone as long as its still under the 1 year warranty. I'll pay the extra $20 if something actually happens.
     
  5. dave420 macrumors 65816

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    This time I am most likely skipping AppleCare+ and only getting the AT&T insurance. Last time I got both. I want the AT&T insurance in case I lose the phone, and with the rate increase for AppleCare+ it just doesn't make sense for me to get that too.
    Also if you get AppleCare+ don't forget to keep your receipt. Last time Apple lost my record of my AppleCare+ purchase and I had to prove it with the original receipt. I was a little surprised by that, especially since I had purchased it from Apple directly.
     
  6. OneMike macrumors 601

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    Exactly. Unless you keep phone longer than 1 year, which I seldom do. I don't it's worth it.
     
  7. Tammster macrumors 6502

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    $200 for a new phone even if you drop it in a pool? That's what I'm worried about... something that's beyond a quick screen replace (although last year when the 5 came out & I scratched my screen the phone was too new and they didnt have replacement parts yet).

    Anyway, I'm getting the 64 gig so I thought a replacement would be $800+. If it's only $200 and that covers everything definitely not worth the Apple care.
     
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  9. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Doesn't applecare cover you for the 2nd year? I think it's fairly cheap to replace your phone even if it's past the one year warranty, I forget the amount but I seem to remember it was like $250 or something?
     
  10. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    The price of the phone doesn't matter. It's a flat $199 rate.
     
  11. falcora thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm definitely interested to know if water damage is covered in that $200 replacement cost. Also, is that the same for different models? I'm probably getting a 5s 32gb or 64gb model this year.
     
  12. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

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    How is squaretrade a better deal? Isn't it $124 for two years plus a $50 deductible? That would mean it's only $5 cheaper than AppleCare+.
     
  13. ant1298 macrumors 6502

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    I'd be tempted (the British are here and they have apple care + now) but I'm not really sure if I wanna pay that sort of money for a what if :/ I have time to decide (30 days to be precise).

    For us it's £79 and £55 per replacement so if you use two then you pay £189. Which is roughly only one replacement without the cover. However it covers you for 2 years instead of 1.Will I keep my phone for that long.....? Hmmm?

    Perhaps another policy is better.
     
  14. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but when you pay the $199 cost, Apple automatically enrolls you in AppleCare+, correct? The $199 eliminates one replacement and then you have one more on the account (after the deductible)?
     
  15. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I won't be getting it. I didn't get it with the 4S and I survived without it.
     
  16. dave420, Sep 15, 2013
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    dave420 macrumors 65816

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    For the iPhone 5 it is now $269 for a replacement phone. I do not think there is a confirmation on the price for the 5s yet. One person here was saying they heard it was going to increase to $270 for the 5s, but I do not know where they heard that from.
    Edit: Apple's web site now confirms that the iPhone 5 replacement cost is $269.
     
  17. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816

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    I have had many iphones replaced over the years, its $199 no matter what. As long as you have the phone physically. They will give you a look like brand new refurb for $199.
     
  18. Collin789 macrumors regular

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    Even with the 64 gig you would rather pay what you would with a new 2 yr contract or just $200. I'm pretty sure you pay the 2 yr contract price though. I'm not sure because I always get the 16 Gb.
     
  19. smokescreen220 macrumors regular

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    The $99 also extends the warranty and complimentary phone service, in addition to 2 instances of accidental damage...its worth it to me
     
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  21. smokescreen220 macrumors regular

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    Yes, but the Applecare extends that to 2yrs
     
  22. njn007 macrumors regular

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    Since I have upgraded yearly the last few years, I have never seen reason to buy it. I know it can be transferred from an old iPhone to a new iPhone, but I still think the 1 year standard warranty is good enough for me.
     
  23. MsRandall macrumors 6502a

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    Yep it is - I sent my iPhone 5 thru the load in my washer in July- I didn't have AppleCare but apple replaced it for 229
     
  24. thecurryman macrumors 6502

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    geek squad is the best deal, not getting applecare + this year
     
  25. Kurso macrumors 6502

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    At the risk of jinxing myself I have had a cell phone since 1998 and I have never lost one, broken one, or had one die on me.

    I'll just drop it on my Amex and get double warranty from it.
     

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