The AppleCare+ service, which covers iPhones, iPads and iPods against accidental damage and warranty-related issues, may soon expand coverage to international travelers, reports TechCrunch. Previously, AppleCare+ users could only get coverage in their home country.
This change means that if you’re traveling with your device, you’re able to get service in another country if you purchased AppleCare+ back at home. Previously, you would have to have that service performed where you purchased the plan if you wanted it to be covered.
9to5Mac confirms the report with a leaked document suggesting the program for the iPhone 5 will go into effect on Friday.
As noted in the document, certain iPhone models may not be available for replacement in some countries. For example, the GSM iPhone 5 is not stocked in Brazil, and thus cannot be replaced in that country.
AppleCare+, which was recently extended to additional countries, is available in the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, the U.K., and the Netherlands. Traveling coverage under the new plan also appears to include countries such as Brazil, India, Korea, Russia, the Middle East, Taiwan, Turkey, and more.