Forced 2 year contract from ATT/Apple, and a battery that lasts 300 charges

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bbplayer5, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    Isnt this in the gray area being that you cant change your own battery? Everyone was forced to opt for a 2 year contract, with a battery that will probably only last you a year. Therefore, you need to spend 100 bucks getting the thing replaced from Apple.

    I am not one for legal action, but this sounds pretty fishy. Its expected to have to pay for a new battery every year... but close to 100 bucks and forced to have your phone sent in?
     
  2. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    They're spelling it out pretty clear, and they are not forcing you to buy the phone. If you're not happy with the terms then don't get the phone. There's not much legal action that can be taken.
     
  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Regarding the battery thing...I believe that the battery will only be down to 80% or something like that after 300 cycles, not completely dead.
     
  4. question fear macrumors 68020

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    No. tobefirst is correct, the 300 cycles thing is that battery capacity will begin to drop after 300 cycles. So if less than 300 cycles equals 100% capacity, then let's say 350-400 cycles might equal 90% capacity. So instead of 2-3 days on a charge you might get 2-2.5, and so on slowly. Keep in mind a "charge cycle" is from dead to full, so realistically most people will be hitting their 2 year contract end before reaching an unusable battery.

    If you search the forums you will see this has been disputed and beaten half to death.
     
  5. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    You shouldn't have to get a new battery in the iPhone every year. My battery frequently lasts 3-4 days between charges. Unless you are using your phone to watch videos till the battery runs low everyday, you shouldn't have to recharge everyday either.
     
  6. marykay9507 macrumors 6502a

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  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Why are people still falling for the old "the battery lasts one year" thing?

    Have they never owned a device with a battery before? Who else could be fooled by that but someone who has never owned a cell phone before?
     
  8. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    yes, but it's almost the cost of a new battery ...
     
  9. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    1. You don't have to charge it daily. If you do and you find this to be a problem, you can use some of the power-hungry features less.
    2. The last time I checked, pretty much all phones are like this.
    3. It won't be dead after 300 cycles, it will just be beginning to lose capacity.
     
  10. marykay9507 macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you have to pay for it if it is covered by Applecare (which is I think $70)?
     
  11. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    if you have applecare you don' t have to pay for a new battery ....
     
  12. marykay9507 macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I thought....your answer confused me a bit! But it's all good:D
     

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