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    Default Re: Is Apple care worth buying .

    Most definitely. Got my iphone 6 when it came out and broke my screen 2 weeks ago and apple exchanged my phone for 69.00. They replaced it two other times within the past two years for free with no questions asked. Will never go without Apple Care.
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    Apple care is worth it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nakia Johnson1 View Post
    Apple care is worth it
    Hassle for me.. is there is no Apple store even close. To get to an Apple store, it's basically an overnight trip and a hotel. :-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Hassle for me.. is there is no Apple store even close. To get to an Apple store, it's basically an overnight trip and a hotel. :-(
    You can call in to purchase and add it.
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    With the added water resistance, no. The cost of the plan plus the cost of the replacement for the screen will cost you about the same as if you did the screen replacement without the plan. Other damage that can occur is so unlikely that the insurance policy is a very expensive proposition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RECON1 View Post
    You can call in to purchase and add it.
    Yes, but if my phone has damage.. they always say I have to bring it to the Apple Store after making an appointment at the Genius (use that term loosely) bar. It's too far to go for warranty. I don't recall if it can be "mailed in" not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Yes, but if my phone has damage.. they always say I have to bring it to the Apple Store after making an appointment at the Genius (use that term loosely) bar. It's too far to go for warranty. I don't recall if it can be "mailed in" not sure.
    I think if I do finally decide to go ahead and buy it I'll just call in right after i set up my phone
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    This is the only one you need to read.
    How many times have you broken a phone, or had a phone fail on you in the past? (Exclude lost or stolen phones - they are not covered by Apple Care) What was the cost of replacing or fixing the phone? For replacements, subtract $80 as that's what Apple will charge you if you have Apple Care. Let's call that this cost A.
    How much would Apple Care have cost you in that time (price seems to be $129 per two years)? Let's call this cost B.

    If A > B (i.e. the cost Apple Care would have saved is greater than that cost of Apple Care over that time), then it's probably worth buying it.
    If A < B, then do not buy Apple Care.

    Example for myself: I've had a mobile phone or a smart phone for 18 years. I have never had a phone fail (during the first two years), and I have never seriously damaged a phone. So Apple Care would have saved me $0.
    In that time, Apple Care would have cost me 9*$129=$1161. That's enough for two brand new, top of the range iPhones, or a lot of repairs.
    On the other hand, I know people who break their phone and have it replaced every year (also see examples above). I am not personally prepared to subsidise their carelessness. So I never by extended warranties.

    Actually it's a bit more complex than that - if the phone fails in the first year it should be covered by the manufacturer's warranty anyway. In many countries, I would expect the manufacturer to fix it in the first two years, or even longer. So Apple Care is actually poorer value than this post suggests.
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    I am always on the fence about this. We never by the extended warranty on products. However, given all the bad things that can happen to a small device, I really am leaning to buying Apple Care on my next iPhone. I do have one question though. Do you have to purchase a separate plan for each device?
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    I work in the cellular industry, and I would definitely say that yes, it's worth it.

    $129 for peace of mind, and knowing you're covered for two full years. They now made it even better, now that it's $29 for a cracked screen replacement, (instead of the original $79/$99,) and $99 if your phone decides to take a drink or run out in front of your car.

    I mean, here's the current pricing for accidental damage, or if your phone decides to sod off after the one year warranty:

    Display Replacement: $129, (iPhone 6s Plus, and possibly 7 Plus is $149.)
    Whole Unit Replacement: iPhone 5/5c/5s/SE, $269; iPhone 6/6s(/7?), $299, iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus(/7 Plus?), $329
    Battery: $79

    A couple of other things to keep in mind:

    - The only thing insurance through your carrier is good for is if your phone is lost or stolen.

    - If you happen to get a lemon phone and Apple swaps it out, the remainder of that original 1-year warranty is transferred to the new device, it does not restart. However, if your warranty is about to expire and they provide a repair, or a whole unit replacement, then you get 90 days starting from that day to protect against any additional issues.

    - 1 Year Limited Warranty means just that: one-year, period. No manufacturer is obligated to provide any sort of exception once your warranty runs out. Most people have their phones for two years, so this is where I was talking about that peace of mind from getting AC+.

    - Now, there is an exception when it comes to batteries. If you don't have AC+, but you have a swollen battery within the first two years, Apple covers that with a replacement device at no charge, after two years, it's only $79--the cost of a battery repair.
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    If the phone is purchased with certain credit cards, e.g. Discover, an extra year of warranty coverage from the card company if often included. Interestingly, Discover told me today, verbally, that purchasing AC+ via Discover will effectively add another year to the AC+ warranty. Of course, consult your card company first. Filing a claim with a card company will entail some effort in gathering the required documentation (purchase receipt, repair estimate, etc.), and this can be simple or very time consuming depending on how well you keep records + the card company's internal bureaucracy. I value my time at $50/hr, so I estimate and compare my time/value expended vs the warranty cost vs the repair/replacement cost, then decide which is the better deal. I think the best deal is IF you truly can buy AC+ with the right credit card (Discover) and get another year of AC-like warranty coverage from that card company.
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    I'm on the fence about this, I have insurance through my carrier and it covers me about the same as Apple Care. and gives me a new phone due to theft or loss as well. Plus i get to upgrade every year so i don't need the extra year. But it's definitely a safety net because... you never know what can happen. Better be safe.
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    Apple care is worth buying. And I might say you should go for Apple care + if it is available in your country. In India only apple care is available . I have bought 3 and is totally worth it .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    I got Apple Care way back when... then oddly I switched to Square Trade... totally forgot about them, wonder if they're still around. I have not used anything since maybe the iPhone 5s warranty ran out. Sometimes easier to put a rider on your home policy with a $100 deductible if lost or stolen. From what I saved in not buying Apple Care last few years, if I do damage a phone, fixing it will be a break even at this point.
    Square Trade IS still around, they are a close second to Apple Care as to customer service BUT they have 1 key advantage they cover loss due to theft or loss, Apple Care does not. They make you jump through a hoop or two more than Apple, BUT they offer fine coverage for iPhones and many other devices!

    http://forums.imore.com/e?link=http%...token=Gp0bu6aI
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkcable View Post
    Square Trade IS still around, they are a close second to Apple Care as to customer service BUT they have 1 key advantage they cover loss due to theft or loss, Apple Care does not. They make you jump through a hoop or two more than Apple, BUT they offer fine coverage for iPhones and many other devices!
    Thanks for the link.. oddly it shows it does not cover Loss or Theft. If they did, that would make me for sure purchase it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Thanks for the link.. oddly it shows it does not cover Loss or Theft. If they did, that would make me for sure purchase it.

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    Perhaps they changed the coverage, I know they USED to cover it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkcable View Post
    Perhaps they changed the coverage, I know they USED to cover it!
    Don't think so.

    Originally it was just warranty then they added the "Plus" which covered damage. To my knowledge / memory it never covered loss/theft. It's always required you to bring it in.

    If you can find something showing otherwise I would love to be corrected! That was always a benefit to the warranty programs.
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    Yes, always. I buy it the same time I buy my phone and since I usually sell my other phone, the last few have gone to my parents for whatever Gazelle would have paid me, I know they're covered for a year more. It helps with drops, and if your phone loses its MIND/the battery is a mess and you need help that requires a visit to the store. I've had it happen in the 2nd year before (the first year I skipped was the 5, since I started with iPhones)--Ive burned thru over 30 iPhones in a year and a half when my 4S kept trying to find my old account after my phone got stolen, and the jerk that stole it activated it. ATT and Apple could not make it stop, so they just.kept.replacing.the.phone. We kept that line going because we were doing research on how and why it kept doing that, it was just so frustrating. And when they could not figure out why it was frying the radio, or rather they wouldn't tell me why, then we changed my number, put the old one on a go phone (I didn't have to pay for that line, since it was an experiment, they just credited me.) Eventually I upgraded this line to a 5S, and ported the old line to a GoogleVoice account. It was worth it then, and it's been worth it every time. I also pay for insurance on my phone lines (all three active PHONE lines) since we've had stolen phones and my husband's phone has been washed at least once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robertk328 View Post
    Don't think so.

    Originally it was just warranty then they added the "Plus" which covered damage. To my knowledge / memory it never covered loss/theft. It's always required you to bring it in.

    If you can find something showing otherwise I would love to be corrected! That was always a benefit to the warranty programs.
    I don't believe they ever covered loss/theft.
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    Not personally. My  silicone case and tempered glass protector cost me half that and perfectly do the job.

    But for some (careless) persons, it's definitely worth it.
    I have a mobile phone shop and trust me, I've seen my share of shattered screens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie_i6s View Post
    Do you have to purchase a separate plan for each device?
    Yep! As it's device specific
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    I would say if you're the type who easily breaks phones, go with AppleCare. I personally don't have it and see no reason to, but my boyfriend recently got an iPhone SE and 2 years of AppleCare, which I think is worth it for him. He had two iPhone 5s models that died within a year of each other (first died in August last year after getting the blue screen of death multiple times, the other suffered a screen problem).
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    I think it is a good idea for a brand new phone After all by the time you've bought a case,and lost or stolen insurance for a year, the thick end of a grand has just flown out of the window, why wouldn't you insure the bit that works against dropping and drowning ?? I will add here that I have never done either, but I've always had second hand devices (cheapskate !!) and the minute I have to buy a new one I'll have applecare
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wotchered View Post
    I think it is a good idea for a brand new phone After all by the time you've bought a case,and lost or stolen insurance for a year, the thick end of a grand has just flown out of the window, why wouldn't you insure the bit that works against dropping and drowning ?? I will add here that I have never done either, but I've always had second hand devices (cheapskate !!) and the minute I have to buy a new one I'll have applecare
    Just a few reasons why some may not..

    #1. If you have been using the iPhone for years and never had a damage or loss. The $125 x 6 years... I already saved enough NOT having Apple Care + to buy a new phone (basically) if catastrophic damage. Minor damage a $300 fix.. I saved money.
    #2. Counting up I have owned 11 iPhones (myself / wife / father-in-law) so that's $1375 in insurance that would have not been used (in our case).. that we were able to spend on other things.
    #3. It does not cover against loss or theft, and that's my biggest concern.
    #4. Water Damage or Accident, is still $99 to replace/repair (add that to #1) and you can just buy a new phone
    #5. Must do all repairs at an Apple Store or mail it in, my closest Apple store is 140 miles (each way)
    #6. Apple care is 2-years, and I will be trading it in, next year.. (not sure if they transfer to the next phone, but guessing maybe not)

    Square Trade is a better option for me, since I live further away and it's $36 cheaper and I can use any authorized repair location (If I want to buy Sq. Trade)

    All that being said.. Apple Care + is a great option, I have nothing bad to say about it and I highly recommend it to everyone who wants it. Just was answering your question "why wouldn't you insure it" and I wanted to give a few reasons. Taking all this aside, yes, I would highly recommend Apple Care +
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