Apple Increases AppleCare+ iPhone Service Charges, Adds iPods, Expands to New Countries

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Following the announcement of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c today at its media event, Apple has made changes to its AppleCare+ service program for the iPhone, including raising service fees for accidental damage from $49 to $79, with the cost for the plan itself remaining at $99 to provide two years of coverage from the device purchase date.

Apple is also expanding availability of AppleCare+ beyond the United States, Canada, and Japan, with the program now also being offered in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK.

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Addtionally, Apple is now offering AppleCare+ coverage for the existing iPod touch and iPod classic models, and will also be dropping service protection for its “Earpods” headphones from the program.

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AppleCare+ originally launched in 2011 and covered accidental iPhone damage for the first time for all iPhone models. Late last month, a report surfaced that AppleCare+ would be expanding to Europe.

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92 months ago
And now it's not worth it.
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92 months ago
Will stick with my Amex coverage
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92 months ago
$79 incident fee is for NEW plans only.

Just got official word today that those who already have AC+ will remain on their original plan and will only have to pay $49.
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92 months ago
Funny how they didn't 'announce' that today,haha! Guess a lot of people have been dropping their phones.

Extended warranty is what is is, value and piece of mind for some, a waste of money for others. I'm not 100% for or against it, and do have it on some products (apple or other), all depends on the product, cost, and how I end up using it.

Too bad we can't get an automatic 2 year warranty as they were forced to give in Europe!
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92 months ago
Wow. Bad choice Apple. Bad Choice.
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92 months ago
For those who already have it on an iPhone 5, it would still just be $49 to replace though, right?
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