Student Discount - Applecare..?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wastedminutes, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. wastedminutes macrumors newbie

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    When the MBPs are updated, I intend to get one for University using the education discount. On the UK Apple site you can choose between School, College or University. I will be using the University one.
    I've heard that the University discount not only gives you a sizeable amount of money off, but also includes an extended warranty almost equivalent to Applecare.

    Has anybody had any experience using the Uni discount in the UK? Am I right in thinking you get an extended (I think 3 years) warranty?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, the Education Discount gives you the right to purchase AppleCare at a reduced price, but the standard warranty is still 1 year. AppleCare extends coverage to 3 years.
     
  3. talkingfuture macrumors 65816

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    I got discounted Applecare in 2008 with an iMac from UK Edu store.

    When I bought a MacBook in 2006 there was a link from the NUS website to the Apple UK store that got you the discount and free extended 3 year warranty. I think they stopped offering it in early 2008 because I couldn't find anything about it before buying the iMac.
     
  4. UKBeast macrumors 6502

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    I do not see any logic in getting an extended warranty, these machines are being outdated in 2 years time. Instead of paying money to that warranty, save your for your next macbook.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  6. UKBeast macrumors 6502

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    Well if it will cost a lot to repair, just sell it get the new one because it is really not worth, it is being updated every six months.

    You have 1 year warranty, which means after a year you have to pay to have it repaired, but in one year there will be 2 new revisions. So, instead of using an old macbook just sell it and get a new one.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    MBPs are not being updated every six months.
    Not everyone buys a new Mac every time a new one is released, especially when newer models don't always have significant improvements over earlier models.
    AppleCare is definitely worth it to many.
     
  8. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    While it is true that a machine will be outdated, I haven't yet seen the wisdom behind updating one's machine with every revision. I'm planning on getting a MBP on their next revision, and it will have to last those three years. Since I'm a student, like the OP, the lifespan of the machine is of great importance - not having it under warrentee will become a PITA when parts have to be replaced or the machine otherwise fails.
     
  9. Dozerrox macrumors 6502

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    I think student apple care is something like £50. It was last time I was in there anyway. Give them a call to see!
     
  10. tomrobin macrumors newbie

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    Yes, you do get a free three-year warranty if you're using the university discount.
    See the terms and conditions for the Apple education store:

    "10.1.1 All Apple-branded desktop and portable computer products sold after October 1st 2005 within the framework of the HE National Agreement shall be subject to a 36 calendar month warranty period (the “HE National Agreement Warranty”) commencing from the date of delivery."

    This isn't the full Applecare though - I don't think you get telephone technical support for all 3 years.
     
  11. wastedminutes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is what I thought- and what I'd hoped. I don't mind if it's not the full AppleCare, it would just be reassuring to have some kind of warranty.
     
  12. Spandexman macrumors regular

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    Just remember, you can only get the full HE discount from within the university network, so if you need it before then you get there, you'll either have to visit early, use the lesser discount, or ring them up and try to explain the situation.
     
  13. wastedminutes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your help guys.
    Just rang Apple up (I've never phoned before - aren't they lovely?) and asked about the extended warranty. They confirmed that they do indeed include an extended warranty but that AppleCare is only £58 with student discount.
    I don't know whether I'll bother with AppleCare. It's just peace of mind really, I don't need personal pickup or anything like that.

    I'll be ordering it over the university network, so that's not an issue.
     
  14. deadparrot macrumors newbie

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    IMHO, it's worth buying apple care with the uni discount, seeing as you get an 80% discount on it!
     
  15. PabloPaulo macrumors newbie

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    I took up the Applecare offer when I purchased my MacBook 18months ago. It was close to a 75% discount.

    I have called Apple a few times for networking and software issues and they have been excellent. My thought, if you can afford it, it's great value at the discounted price.

    However, it's your money and your choice. Enjoy it whatever you do!
     
  16. tkboss88 macrumors member

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    am i still able to get a apple care discount on a MBP i bought 7 months ago?? i live in the USA btw
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, you have up to 1 year from the date of purchase to buy AppleCare.
     
  18. Habitus macrumors 6502a

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    Not for me; I received a monetary discount, only.

    Habitus :apple:
     
  19. Xtreambar macrumors regular

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    Just buy it on eBay for a huge discount. I've done it in the past for my Touch and MacBook and saved a bundle.
     

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