How late can i Buy apple care? How exactly does it work?

-Josh-

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I could buy a blackbook tomorrow, I have the cash now. However, I really want applecare. I heard I can buy it a few months later and it will still work. How does that work? I'm confused. Can anyone explain? Thank you so much for your time!
 

ab2650

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I could buy a blackbook tomorrow, I have the cash now. However, I really want applecare. I heard I can buy it a few months later and it will still work. How does that work? I'm confused. Can anyone explain? Thank you so much for your time!
It's easy to find the info, but quickly:
You can buy AppleCare up until the day your complimentary support ends; Which is 1 year from your date of purchase for computers. It extends coverage to 3 years from the original date of purchase. So in practice, you can save that money for a year and then buy it.
 

-Josh-

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It's easy to find the info, but quickly:
You can buy AppleCare up until the day your complimentary support ends; Which is 1 year from your date of purchase for computers. It extends coverage to 3 years from the original date of purchase. So in practice, you can save that money for a year and then buy it.
Really? that's incrediable. How do I register it and stuff?
 

-Josh-

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Would there be any reason to wait until I can afford both at the same time?
 

rdowns

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Would there be any reason to wait until I can afford both at the same time?
No.

Again, you get 90 days of phone support and one year hardware warranty.

AppleCare extends both the phone support and warranty to 3 years from the original purchase date.
 

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-Josh-

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No.

Again, you get 90 days of phone support and one year hardware warranty.

AppleCare extends both the phone support and warranty to 3 years from the original purchase date.
Awesome.
I can buy it in say, 2 months, and I would still be eligable?

Great.
 

ab2650

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Awesome.
I can buy it in say, 2 months, and I would still be eligable?

Great.
You can buy it in 11 months and 29 days and still be eligible. You only miss out on 9 months of free phone support.
 

alienurbanite

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Oct 11, 2007
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Apple Care

I'm in the same position. How reliable is buying it on ebay? I don't understand where these third party sellers are getting their apple care?
 

ab2650

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I'm in the same position. How reliable is buying it on ebay? I don't understand where these third party sellers are getting their apple care?
I never understood where they get it for so cheap either. The same rules apply when buying anything at ebay; Check history, don't accept funny business, pay securely.
 

byakuya

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I'm in the same position. How reliable is buying it on ebay? I don't understand where these third party sellers are getting their apple care?
I have bought my protection plan for the macbook via ebay also (145$) and everything worked fine.
definitely worth a look.
 

skyrider007

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I bought the APpleCare for my MBP from eBay for US$200. The registration process was simple and easy, I never receive the so-called certificate though.
 

byakuya

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I bought the APpleCare for my MBP from eBay for US$200. The registration process was simple and easy, I never receive the so-called certificate though.
it takes a couple of days...in my case I had to wait 3 days.
they sent me a certificate only by email though...well probably better than in paper because I probably would have lost it by now:D
 

NickC1028

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do you need the original receipt to activate applecare?

if no, can you just tell me what the online activation would require?
 

ab2650

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do you need the original receipt to activate applecare?

if no, can you just tell me what the online activation would require?
Online registration requires (from memory):
  • AppleCare serial number
  • Your Mac's serial number
  • Your name/address/phone
  • Your purchase date

I was not asked for a receipt, transaction number, invoice number, etc... However I was asked to retain my sales slip in case there was any question; However, I took this to mean my Mac's sales slip, not AppleCare's.
 
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