Way to get a new iPhone 3GS for £60 in a month? (Buy AppleCare then use in a month)

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  1. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    I'm wondering, if you're have 6 months to go in the UK, on a 3G iPhone 18 month contract -

    If you got AppleCare now, would it be likely you'd get a iPhone 3GS refurb if you needed a replacement? (which is likely if you cycled through your battery enough, you'd have a legitimate reason).
     
  2. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    Applecare will replace it with the same model, i.e. 3G or original - depending on what you had.
     
  3. weeman macrumors 6502

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    Sorry buddy but you are gonna get the 3g.
     
  4. t0mat0 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Ok, but are you saying that stands 5 months down the line? Maybe they do have massive stock, but isn't the 16GB iPhone 3g going EOL? (Unlike the 8GB, which they'll still have stock of) - thus slowly depleting the refurb stock?
     
  5. gloss macrumors 601

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    That's not unethical at all.

    (p.s. they still replace first-gen iPhones with first-gen iPhones, so I don't think your theory holds much water)
     
  6. t0mat0 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Easy tiger. I was just looking at options. I was preferring to sell my iPhone 3G. I was just perusing the AppleCare as a family member asked if they could get my phone with AppleCare.

    They freely say iPhone and battery are covered. A refurb is equivalent to an instant battery swap. For the cost of the AppleCare vs the battery vs just paying for a new battery.

    80% of original capacity at 400 full charge & discharge cycles. I'd imagine a fair few burn through > 1 charge cycles a day here.

    vs "Apple will replace the battery if it drops below 50% of its original capacity. If it is out of warranty, Apple offers a battery replacement for $79, plus $6.95 shipping"

    Fair does. Think i'm enough of an Apple guy to get a new one and just sell the iPhone 3G :)
     

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