Best Buy to Offer AppleCare and AppleCare+ Starting September 13

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    Best Buy will begin offering AppleCare and AppleCare+ extended warranty plans for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and other eligible Apple products across its U.S. stores starting September 13, according to an internal training video obtained by MacRumors. The news was first reported by 9to5Mac.

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    AppleCare+ purchased through Best Buy will include accidental damage coverage for the same service fees charged by Apple. Both protection plans will also cover the accessories in the box and most other products on the same transaction, such as an Apple Display or AirPort Express purchased alongside an iMac.

    Customers that purchase AppleCare or AppleCare+ can receive service at Best Buy or take their product directly to Apple. Best Buy will continue to offer revamped Geek Squad warranty plans for non-Apple products, including Geek Squad Protect & Support, Protect & Support Plus, 24/7 Support and Product Replacement.

    Apple is expected to announce the next-generation "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" within the first two weeks of September, with in-store availability usually occurring around one week later, so AppleCare and AppleCare+ should be available at Best Buy in time for the launch of those smartphones.

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  2. happydude macrumors 65816

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    i've had nothing but the worst service from best buy, no way i'm bringing my shiny new apple product in to them to be fixed...
     
  3. acctman macrumors 65816

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    Best Buy servicing an Apple product? no thank you (unless they replace it completely), i'll ship it to Apple or visit an Apple store.
     
  4. ch02ce macrumors member

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    I know it is a huge profit maker for them, but I really think that in this day and age, the world's most valuable company could offer more than 1 year of warranty on its products as standard.
     
  5. bearda macrumors 6502

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    Normally I'd agree with you, but this is a nice option to have when traveling in an area that doesn't have an Apple Store. I'd always prefer to bring to to an Apple Store, but sometimes it just isn't an option.
     
  6. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    I'm not touching anything from best buy when half the employees don't a clue what they're talking about

    I'll stick to apple stores
     
  7. Jsameds, Aug 17, 2015
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    "Hello - is that Best Buy? Yes? Good.

    I recently purchased an iPhone with Applecare from your good selves, and at the same time I also purchased a small tube of Krazy Glue.

    I just wondered if the AppleCare plan includes the removal of Apple products that have accidentally been stuck to oneself?"


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    Accidental damage covered on your Mac just for buying the AppleCare+ from BestBuy instead of Apple is a good deal for me!
     
  9. kcirtap00 macrumors regular

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    Its nice to see that Best Buy appears to be reversing their anti-Apple attitude of the past few years with this and acceptance of Apple Pay. At a few stores I've been to, the Microsoft and Samsung sections were huge and the Apple products were pushed off into a small corner, but they've been renovated and made more prominent recently.
     
  10. tasset macrumors 6502a

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    I wonder with Verizon dumping contracts, no TMobile, and AT&T in corporate stores only if there is a chance that Best Buy will begin selling unlocked phones at retail without marking up the price as they do today. Seems to me that they are carrying the Watch and now Apple Care there is a chance.
     
  11. BruiserB macrumors 65832

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    I always thought Apple authorized resellers have been able to sell AppleCare? Maybe that changed with the AppleCare+ for phones? Or did Best Buy try to sell their own branded extended warranty on Apple products? At least with AppleCare you don't have to take it to Best Buy for the service!
     
  12. LordBeelzebub macrumors regular

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    LOL, if Best Buy is the only store in town, it's still not an option due to their poor reliable service, that's what people are trying to tell you.

    I'd rather drive 200 miles to an Apple Store than have Best Buy geeks even touch my phone, even if I lived next door a Best Buy.
     
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    Woops, that's a mistake. Only AppleCare+ includes accidental damage coverage just like directly from Apple. I'm updating the article.
     
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    I live 5 minutes from Best Buy. I live 2 hours and 3 states away from the nearest Apple store. I have no problem taking my Apple products into Best Buy. They can drive over them with the Geek Squad car. But they'll have to give me a replacement.
     
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    Darn!

     
  16. HowEver macrumors 6502a

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    Clearly, you have never dealt with, nor researched, Best Buy's service department.

     
  17. smithy12 macrumors member

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    Not sure if its just a UK thing or not but I purchased a new macbook from Apple via the back to school promotion online last week and was given 3 years warranty plus the free beats
     
  18. newyorksole macrumors 68040

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    You paid for the 3 year warranty. 1 year is standard.
     
  19. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    Wait so it's the same exact coverage as buying from Apple? Apple only does accidental damages on your iPhone and iPad but NOT the Mac?
     
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    If it's a purchase on the higher education store then you get a 3 year warranty as standard in the UK. You have the option to pay for extended telephone support if you want.
     
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    The end of the Geek Squad?

    Their lies about their own plans coverage get a little hysterical...
     
  23. sammaffei macrumors member

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    Never buy AppleCare at point-of-sale or from retail!!! There are many reputable sellers on eBay that will give you a significant discount. For example, I just got AppleCare for my MacBook Pro Retina 15" for $244 from a seller on eBay where it would cost $350 retail from Apple (and yes, the registration code provided worked).

    Also, you have up to the year from the computer's purchase date to buy AppleCare. Don't be in a rush and shop for the best price.
     
  24. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601

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    And there are also MANY people that sell fake AppleCare, and also fake iTunes cards.

    For me, if it's worth getting AppleCare for, it's worth getting real AppleCare...

    I wouldn't buy heart medicine at a flea market, and that's basically what ebay is. And for people that don't know what a flea market is, I feel for you. Imagine a dark alley, in, say New York, and getting a 'great deal' on real 'Prado' bags that 'sell at Macy's for hundreds of dollars'...
     
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    DEAR GOD!!! What's wrong with that womans nose?!?!?!?!?
     

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