Squaretrade Warranty - Is it really worth it anymore?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TB07-NJ, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

    Jul 7, 2008
    Seems they have changed their terms a bit. On my original 3G I was able to insure it up to the actual replacement value (less $50 deductible) for under $100 including coupons.

    Recently things seem to have changed a bit and I'm wondering if the $199 "swap out" charge by Apple (water damage or broken screen) is a better value.

    #1) They clearly state the (for example) 32GIG will be covered for a MAXIMUM VALUE of $499. This leaves you "in the hole" for over $420 should it need to be replaced under warranty. Since you don't have a phone to swap you will be charged the full "no contract" price for a replacement. So their $499 MINUS $50 deductible will pay you only $450 for a phone that will cost $699 + $42 (figuring avg 6%)TAX.

    So here is my estimate of what you will pay out for a $699+Tax replacement under their contract:

    $120 for the Square trade contract INCLUDING their 20% "discount" (you pay 2yrs up front and if you lose/reinsure the new phone it's ANOTHER $120)
    $ 50 Square Trade deductible
    $742 (figuring 6% tax) for the 32GB phone no contract w/no ATT discount
    $912 YOU HAVE TO PAY OUT to get back to where you started

    -$450 from Squaretrade for their service contract ($499 - $50 deductible but NO sales tax for your repurchase)

    $462 OUT OF POCKET net you have to PAY Apple/ATT to replace phone (with no discount because your upgrade time isn't here yet).

    Sounds like a crappy deal to me.
  2. thabends macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2009
    I agree. It is no longer a good deal. They cover $100 less than the price of a new one, minus the $50 damage deduct., minus the cost of the warranty. Then you have to buy another warranty.
  3. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    The short answer: No.

    I was looking at buying the warranty for my 3GS but it's just too expensive. I now "self warranty" my phone. The trick? DON'T DROP OR GET THE DARN THING WET!!!

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