AppleCare+ Cost Increase

Sharunda

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I usually transfer my remaining Apple Care+ to my next iPhone every year. I hope they allow me to do this, I don't see why they won't. It's not actually a transfer of sorts, they refund me the remaining coverage amount and I outright buy the new Apple Care+. So, I will be just paying more anyhow. No real savings this go around.

Oh Apple.:p
 

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It's funny, I never blinked an eye at purchasing AppleCare+ for my iPhones for $99. For some reason, increasing the price to over $100 has turned me off. I went ahead and ordered two iPhone 6s's at 12:05am, but didn't select AppleCare+. I will take the 60 day waiting period on purchasing AppleCare+ to decide if I am going to purchase for either of my two new iPhone 6s's.
 
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Well for me it's not only the $30 price increase but also the $20 increase if you take it in because of it being dropped.

It used to be $99 and then a $50 accidental damage charge when the 5/5s were out. That was a no Brainer for me so I always got it.

Then for the 6 and 6 plus they charged $99 and increased the accidental to $80. Ok, whatever. Still not that bad.

Now it's $130 and $100 for accidental damage. Now this is pretty much robbery. So now with their insurance you pretty much pay $230 just to replace a cracked screen.

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We also have to consider that Apple lowered the cost of the older phone by $99 and kept the same price points for the phones. They are making money, but also positioned themselves in a spot where they need to increase the price of AppleCare to balance out costs. That is my two cents.
 

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We also have to consider that Apple lowered the cost of the older phone by $99 and kept the same price points for the phones. They are making money, but also positioned themselves in a spot where they need to increase the price of AppleCare to balance out costs. That is my two cents.
Nothing changed there. The cost of the older phones has decreased every year a new iPhone has come out. What is it evening out?

It used to be cheaper to get a screen replaced with AppleCare+, now it's more expensive. It used to be $229 for screen replacement (this is because they usually replaced the phone). AppleCare+ was $99 and the deductible was $49 at the time. Now a screen replacement (for an iPhone 6 - the 6s prices aren't listed yet) is only $109. AppleCare+ has increased to $129 and the incident charge has increased to $99, which is a total of $228. This is more than twice the cost of a screen replacement. Even if you get two screens replaced, you still haven't saved any money. Additionally, a lot of people without AppleCare+ have been able to get their screens replaced for free. While this is a nice gesture by Apple, it isn't consistent and it isn't fair to the people who paid for insurance through Apple and are always expected to pay the deductible.

However, you do get free shipping on replacements if you don't live near an Apple Store and you also get the standard warranty extended by one year. It also covers water damage, but the newer phones seem to be water resistant and short dips in water or exposure to rain doesn't typically cause problems anymore. They don't advertise the water resistance because then they would be expected to cover water damage after people took their phones swimming for thirty minutes.

I still got it this year, but I can't say it's a great deal anymore.
 

billnye97

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I bet the cost to Apple of the screen replacements has gone up with force touch. How much? Who knows but that is probably the reason for an increase to AppleCare+. I will not be getting it now.
 

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Keep in mind that Squaretrade is also an option for reimbursement type coverage. It is $99 for two years service with a $75 deductible. Or you can get three years for $129.

I may go this route this time.
 

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I bet the cost to Apple of the screen replacements has gone up with force touch. How much? Who knows but that is probably the reason for an increase to AppleCare+. I will not be getting it now.
I checked on Apple.com yesterday and the 6s/6s Plus were not listed yet. I just checked again and they updated it. Here are the new screen replacement prices (without AppleCare+):

iPhone 6s Plus: $149
iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5: $129
iPhone 6: $109
 

Kadelic

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To date I've always bought AppleCare or AppleCare+ for my iPhones. I'm still torn on whether or not I'm going to get AppleCare+ for my 6s. I live within 30 minutes of an Apple store and I use a protective case. I've dropped my iPhones many many times without damage thanks to the cases. I'm leaning toward skipping it. The only reason I can think of for buying it, for me, would be in case of severe damage beyond needing the screen replaced.

EDIT: That being said, I plan on keeping the 6s for two years, so getting AppleCare+ for the extended warranty alone kinda makes sense. Decisions, decisions. At least I have 60 days to make up my mind.
 
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Ledsteplin

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To date I've always bought AppleCare or AppleCare+ for my iPhones. I'm still torn on whether or not I'm going to get AppleCare+ for my 6s. I live within 30 minutes of an Apple store and I use a protective case. I've dropped my iPhones many many times without damage thanks to the cases. I'm leaning toward skipping it. The only reason I can think of for buying it, for me, would be in case of severe damage beyond needing the screen replaced.

EDIT: That being said, I plan on keeping the 6s for two years, so getting AppleCare+ for the extended warranty alone kinda makes sense. Decisions, decisions. At least I have 60 days to make up my mind.
I've never had Applecare+ and am not wanting it now. I'm torn as well. It's a bigger more expensive phone. In 3 years, I've only dropped a couple times a short 2 or 3 feet.
 

MrMike6by9

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In some scenarios, it only takes one mishap. On the other hand, the house always wins. I tend to believe it's better for ME to have this sort of coverage; just in case.
YMMV
 
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I've never purchased apple care and have had to replace broken iPhones 3 times, the last one being my 6+. Each time I have had to replace the phone my cost has been $200.00 at the Apple Store.