After reading the story on the first page of imore I started to get worried about water damage. If I have water damage will everything still work? Also, how much would I have to pay for a replacement iPhone or is it even covered under applecare. I don't believe I have any but I looked and I couldn't even see the sensors in the dock and headphone jack.
- 02-21-2012, 04:20 PM #2iPhone Intermediate
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All questions are dependent on the circumstances, did the phone just got spiled on or did it go for a swim. I have heard of phones living after the washing machine and some dead after a puddle drop.
With Apple, it all depends on the Genius and your attitude.
- 02-21-2012, 04:24 PM #3
I haven't dropped it in water. i mean a few drops on my screen and i mean tiny little drops but i have a screen protector. I also have been walking in the rain a couple of times with it in my pocket. Do you think anything could have happened? I may just be paranoid but I don't want anything to happen to this thing
- 02-21-2012, 04:45 PM #5
So, save yourself from worrying about the few drops you've encountered, and look into trying one out for yourself
Last edited by Pink; 02-21-2012 at 04:47 PM.
- 02-21-2012, 05:03 PM #7
Well, when you looked into the headphone jack, you need to look directly at the bottom, and you'll be able to see the little white 'dot'. And when looking into the dock, looking at it top and bottom of the inside you should see nothing but white also.
- 02-21-2012, 05:28 PM #10
If you think you see dust in either of the ports, don't go picking at it you could damage something. Instead try to gently blow it out, or use canned air on a very soft pressure. Blowing air too hard could cause the dust to enter deeper and cause damage also.
- 02-21-2012, 05:51 PM #12
I can say I have Verizon and have their Total Equipment Coverage for $9.99 mthly. If anything happens and I go through their ins it'll cost me $189 deductible to replace my phone. But I also purchased AC+ to have as a back up as well, BUT i was told AC+ does not cover physical damage-ie. Water damage. This is where I would have to use my Verizon insurance for something of that sort.
- 02-22-2012, 08:20 AM #14
- 02-22-2012, 06:05 PM #16
- 02-23-2012, 08:21 AM #18
Ok, i just made a phone call to Apple directly because i've been hearing mixed things myself about the AC+ coverage. So here's the deal right from the reps mouth: AC+ DOES indeed cover for 2 accidental damage incidents for the term of the 2yr policy, whether its a dropped iphone with shattered glass or a dropped iphone into water/puddle, with a $49 charge, and it also covers for tech issues. It does NOT cover for lost or stolen phones.
Now, he also did say that the basic Apple Care policy DOES NOT cover any sort of accidental damage.
So this should clear up any questionable coverage now
- 02-23-2012, 08:41 AM #19
But you can easily get by with just adding nothing. It comes with a year of basic apple care which takes care of many situations. If that doesn't, you only pay 199 for any "out of warranty" replacement.
In other words, with no insurance or anything bought, a water damaged iphone should be a 199 repair. They usually just give you a replacement though for the 199. Older iphones other than the 4S would be 149.
Apple - Support - Service Answer Center
If you own an iPhone that is ineligible for warranty service but is eligible for Out-of-Warranty (OOW) Service, Apple will service your iPhone for the Out-of-Warranty Service fee listed below.
iPhone model Out-of-Warranty Service
iPhone 4S $199
iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS,
iPhone 3G, Original iPhone $149
A $6.95 shipping fee will be added if you arrange service online or by calling Apple Technical Support. All fees are in U.S. dollars and are subject to local tax.
When setting up out-of-warranty service, Apple will request credit card pre-authorization for the maximum service fee listed above. This amount will be deducted from your credit limit. The final service fee we charge will be determined during testing and may be less than the service fee listed above.
Certain damage is ineligible for out-of-warranty service, including catastrophic damage, such as the device separating into multiple pieces, and inoperability caused by unauthorized modifications. However, an iPhone that has failed due to contact with liquid may be eligible for out-of-warranty service.
- 02-23-2012, 06:19 PM #20
- 02-23-2012, 07:30 PM #21
My opinion, if you are concerned, put it in a bag of rice for 1 day, then put it in front of a fan and let it blow on it for 1 day.
That should take out any moisture.
KEY: Do not turn it on.
I know many people that have dropped theirs in a toilet or left it in the rain and did this and have 0 problems.