AppleCare+ program raises iPhone deductibles, adds iPods, and launches in select European countries

AppleCare+ program raises deductibles, adds iPods, and launches in select European countries

Apple has just made some updates to their AppleCare+ program including making the service available for iPod touch and iPod classic owners. Most notably, the deductible for a broken iPhone replacement will be increased from the current $49 per incident to $79. AppleCare+ plans are also now available in select European countries. From what we can see, for now that includes France, Italy, and the UK.

AppleCare+ replacement plans for iPhone and iPod will still remain at $99. The deductible to replace a broken iPod touch or iPod classic will be $29 per incident and can be used for up to two incidents within 2 years. The two incident rule remains the same for iPhone users as well but the deductible per incident has risen to $79 instead of the current deductible of $49.

As usual, it will extend your standard warranty to cover accidental. You'll be covered for defects and damage for a full two years from your purchase date.

Source: AppleCare

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AppleCare+ program raises iPhone deductibles, adds iPods, and launches in select European countries


right now i'm trying to find out if i can still get replacements for $49 cuz thats how much they were when i first signed up for applecare+. I kinda doubt it though as apple tends to be on the greedy side just like microsoft

Talked to my friend who works for AppleCare 24 hour support and he confirmed that the $49 deductible is grandfathered to the original phone it was purchased on.

Only new phones being purchased from here on are required to pay $79 deductible

And the out of warranty (OOW) replacement fee went up on the original iPhone 5 from $229 to $269 (this info available on apples support website)

I believe AppleCare+ has to be added within a month of purchase, if I remember from when we got my husband's iPhone 5. You can always call your Apple store and check.

I know our local carrier stores have AppleCare+ boxes available for purchase. I've seen 30 day wording too but the Apple site says at the time of purchase now. Which is why I'm confused.

Apple should honor the $49 replacement cost for those who signed up under those terms. I don't know if they will, but if they don't, I gather that they risk a litigation challenge.

Just a small correction is that the AppleCare+ for the iPod is only $59 dollars here the deductible is still the $29. Also it seems from browsing that you can't even add AppleCare to the nano anymore. Hmmm...interesting

So I'm confused - in february, I got my iPhone replaced (broken screen / broken back, and was randomly shutting itself off) for $200 to get a brand new replacement out of warranty at the apple store. I had always wished they had Applecare+ when I bought it (I'm really rough with electronics.. glass phones are not ideal for me!)

But if it's $100 for applecare+, and then another $80 to replace the phone when I break it, that's $180 total spent. Why would I buy applecare+ if I can just get a $200 replacement instead when I actually break it (instead of buying applecare+ "just in case").

The only logic I can see is maybe if I accidentally break it twice in two years....?