iPhone XR How do you pay monthly for AppleCare?

AdventurousJosh

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Just curious, how do you choose a pay monthly option for AppleCare? Do you have to buy the phone in the shore, or if sag t mobile ships me a phone, can I still add AppleCare monthly to my account?


Thanks!!

Josh
 

Appleloves22

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You can get it later at the store. When I tried calling, they only gave me the option to pay full price.
 

lsmachado

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Just curious, how do you choose a pay monthly option for AppleCare? Do you have to buy the phone in the shore, or if sag t mobile ships me a phone, can I still add AppleCare monthly to my account?


Thanks!!

Josh
Buy an AppleCare plan for your device
Most Apple devices come with a limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. If your device is eligible, you can buy an AppleCare+ plan or an AppleCare Protection Plan for additional coverage.


Buy an AppleCare plan online
There are two ways to buy an AppleCare plan online:

  • Enter the serial number for your device to find out what AppleCare plan you can buy.
  • Sign in to My Support to view all of your Apple devices that are eligible for an AppleCare plan. You should see the option to buy an AppleCare plan listed under the eligible device.
Get help if you can't buy an AppleCare plan
If you see that your device is eligible for an AppleCare plan but don't have the option to buy, contact Apple Support.

Learn more about AppleCare products.

Apple's Limited Warranty and AppleCare plan benefits are in addition to your consumer law rights. Not all products and buying options are available in all countries or regions.

Published Date: September 12, 2018
 

acorntoy

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There seems to be a SERIOUS problem with monthly AppleCare+ payments.

To automatically pay the $9.99 every month the AppleCare+ plan needs to be linked to an iTunes account, but the website Apple has to do this is broken. I’m on my third payment for my XS and this still isn’t fixed, after over a month talking to an Apple supervisor on the phone and getting the case escalated and escalated. Last I heard was 3 days ago, nothing had changed.

You can still do it, but you will need to remember to pay it yourself every month by going to the website and entering your card, if you forget or wait too long to pay it you will become ineligible for coverage.

I don’t have a clue how widespread this issue is, but from what I’ve been told it’s a common problem.
 

lsmachado

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NOTE:

There seems to be a SERIOUS problem with monthly AppleCare+ payments.

To automatically pay the $9.99 every month the AppleCare+ plan needs to be linked to an iTunes account, but the website Apple has to do this is broken. I’m on my third payment for my XS and this still isn’t fixed, after over a month talking to an Apple supervisor on the phone and getting the case escalated and escalated. Last I heard was 3 days ago, nothing had changed.

You can still do it, but you will need to remember to pay it yourself every month by going to the website and entering your card, if you forget or wait too long to pay it you will become ineligible for coverage.

I don’t have a clue how widespread this issue is, but from what I’ve been told it’s a common problem.
Odd. I just verified coverage for my AW and Max, although payments were last taken early this month. My Max payments have been being auto debited since the end of September. I’ll have to keep a close eye on this now.
 

acorntoy

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Odd. I just verified coverage for my AW and Max, although payments were last taken early this month. My Max payments have been being auto debited since the end of September. I’ll have to keep a close eye on this now.
It’s been a headache :( the link website either throws a error or it simply says the server is down.

If you’ve already been auto credited I’m assuming you’ve passed the point where you need to worry, but it might be smart to watch it, if I hadn’t I would’ve missed the first time it didn’t auto credit.
 

NoBoMac

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Appears that the option for monthly payments is available via the Apple Store app.

Not sure about the website as I need to enter a s/n, and my device is past 60 days, so, cannot test that.

And, of course, if an Apple Store near by, stop in there.
 

AdventurousJosh

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Thanks guys for the replies. Can anyone tell me the monthly payment on AppleCare for iPhone XR if you were to tack on the expense monthly?
 

Otflyer

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Actually, the monthly price is costs MORE than the one time charge.
Exactly. After I calculated the yearly cost making monthly payments I went with the one time charge. Saved $14.76 on AppleCare for my iPad Pro. I never pay interest if I can avoid it. Paying cash upfront might sting initially but, once it’s done the hurt goes away.
 

MrKennedy

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Exactly. After I calculated the yearly cost making monthly payments I went with the one time charge. Saved $14.76 on AppleCare for my iPad Pro. I never pay interest if I can avoid it. Paying cash upfront might sting initially but, once it’s done the hurt goes away.
I activated my new X last night and tried to purchase AppleCare using the Support app and it only offered me the monthly options! The onetime option was only present if I tried to purchase it on Safari. As long as there is a difference in price for the same amount of coverage, I'll continue to choose the onetime option.
 

AnthroMatt

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It’s been a headache :( the link website either throws a error or it simply says the server is down.

If you’ve already been auto credited I’m assuming you’ve passed the point where you need to worry, but it might be smart to watch it, if I hadn’t I would’ve missed the first time it didn’t auto credit.
Yes, I had a number of issues getting it set up. Took about 7 weeks, three AC+ agreements, a trip to the Apple Store, and about 5 hours on the phone with Apple support until everything was as it should be. So much time wasted, but at some point it wasn't worth it to give up just because I had invested so much time in it. Ugh.

Once it all got straightened out the Agreement Specialist was imploring me to send feedback to Apple about the convoluted process.
 

xRpz

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Appears that the option for monthly payments is available via the Apple Store app.

Not sure about the website as I need to enter a s/n, and my device is past 60 days, so, cannot test that.

And, of course, if an Apple Store near by, stop in there.
Well it’s just been changed twice in the last few months first it was AGAIN increased to 90 days and I just now looked and to my surprise on their website right now it’s saying up to a year!!!!!! It’s not worth getting lost protection tho it’s very expensive and i think it’s subcontracted to some typical bs insurance company like Assurion,atleast i recall it as such.
 

ssledoux

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Pay in iTunes, bill comes monthly. And yes a bit more than two years divided by 24.
It’s more if you pay for it all, but it looks like you can stop at any time, so at least if you sell the device, you’re not paying for months you don’t need (although it doesn’t look like it carries on to the next person - can’t quite figure that out).
 

HEK

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It’s more if you pay for it all, but it looks like you can stop at any time, so at least if you sell the device, you’re not paying for months you don’t need (although it doesn’t look like it carries on to the next person - can’t quite figure that out).
If you pay total up front you can cancel balance and get refunded. Have done so numerous times. It’s as simple as calling Apple. Transfer to new owner, get balance refunded. Choices are your’s to make.
 

ssledoux

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If you pay total up front you can cancel balance and get refunded. Have done so numerous times. It’s as simple as calling Apple. Transfer to new owner, get balance refunded. Choices are your’s to make.
Well that’s cool - didn’t realize that!
 

ftaok

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I didn't realize there was an option to pay for AppleCare via iTunes.

In theory, you can save a lot of money.

Buy iTunes cards when they are on sale (between 10% to 25% off).

Use a credit card with cash back rewards to buy the iTunes cards.

Then use the iTunes credit to purchase AppleCare.

Nice bonus.

I wonder if you can buy an iPhone using iTunes credit ...
 

KOTN91

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I don’t really get the point in apple care when it doesn’t include loss of device, surely the most important aspect. Why not just get insurance with a the carrier or 3rd party
 

ImAnAgent

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I don’t really get the point in apple care when it doesn’t include loss of device, surely the most important aspect. Why not just get insurance with a the carrier or 3rd party
The more expensive Apple Care option does include loss.

I was paying for the $14.99 Apple care and have decided to cancel after this month. I've never needed Apple Care on any Apple phone, computer or anything Apple related ever since buying my first device in 2004, an iPod.