iPhone 3G + AppleCare = how strict about battery issues

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by micsaund, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. micsaund macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2004
    Colorado, USA
    Hi all,

    My 3G OEM warranty is up tomorrow, so I was thinking about (and most likely will) getting AppleCare. I know, I know... talk about last minute...

    Anyway, thus far, my phone has been pretty flawless other than the inherently flawed ties to AT&T's craptastic service.

    So, the only repair I'd expect to need in the next year might be a battery if the charge-life starts deteriorating badly like every other cell phone I've had does in the last year.

    So, my questions are thus:

    If I have AppleCare, how bad does the battery life have to be before they'll replace it?

    How do I prove it or is it simply an assumed issue for an older iPhone?

    If they do replace it, do they give me a new/refurb(?) phone, or do I have to live without the phone while they service my own unit (and how long would that take)?

    I'm still on the fence about AppleCare and while I get a decent partner discount ($61 vs. $69 normal price) it's still close to $70 that I may not need to spend if the battery isn't an issue or is too much of a pain to get replaced.

    Thanks for any input,
  2. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Get AppleCare, even if you're on the fence.....:eek:

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