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Question: AppleCare Protection Plan for iPhone

The Protection Plan costs $69.00 for a second year of coverage and I do not know if I should buy it. I have heard that the battery in the iPhone needs to be replaced yearly, is this true? I have heard that to replace a battery, it will cost around $85 and if this is true, isn't it better to get the AppleCare package for $69?

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Jan 10, 2008 6:53 AM in response to BrettOlbrys In response to BrettOlbrys

The Apple care plan extends your manufactures warranty for another year. Any defects in the phone will be repaired for free during that time.

The battery replacement charge, from www.apple.com/batteries/replacements.html
Apple offers a battery replacement for $79, plus $6.95 shipping, subject to local tax. Apple disposes of your battery in an environmentally friendly manner.


In this case, it would be advisable to get Apple care as you would save about $16 dollars.

Jan 10, 2008 6:53 AM

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Jan 10, 2008 6:56 AM in response to BrettOlbrys In response to BrettOlbrys

BrettOlbrys,

The AppleCare Protection Plan is a service plan that extends the same coverage as the warranty for a second year.

The iPhone's battery is designed to handle at least 400 charge cycles and still retain at least 80% of its original capacity. If it should fail and be outside of warranty the battery replacement charge is $79 + $6.95 shipping and handling and is taxable in some states.

Any repair beyond the first year would be $199+$6.95 for a 4GB iPhone, or $249 + $6.95 for a 8GB iPhone. Repairs for accidental abuse are not covered by the warranty or AppleCare Protection Plan.

This is listed with more detail at this link:
http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/service/faq/

UK prices and information is available at this link:
http://www.apple.com/uk/support/iphone/service/faq/

For Germany:
http://www.apple.com/de/support/iphone/service/faq/

For France:
http://www.apple.com/fr/support/iphone/service/faq/

Hope this helps,

Nathan C.

Jan 10, 2008 6:56 AM

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Jan 10, 2008 7:17 AM in response to Ansuz82 In response to Ansuz82

Ansuz82,

The iPhone batteries page says designed to retain 80% at this link in the right hand side bar:
http://www.apple.com/batteries/iphone.html

The quote from that page is:
A properly maintained iPhone battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 400 full charge and discharge cycles. You may choose to replace your battery when it no longer holds sufficient charge to meet your needs.


The page you link to says it will be replaced by Apple if it drops to below 50% capacity while covered. The actual quote is:
Your one-year warranty includes replacement coverage for a defective battery. You can extend your coverage to two years from the date of your iPhone purchase with the AppleCare Protection Plan for iPhone. During the plan’s coverage period, Apple will replace the battery if it drops below 50% of its original capacity. If it is out of warranty, Apple offers a battery replacement for $79, plus $6.95 shipping, subject to local tax. Apple disposes of your battery in an environmentally friendly manner.


In other word it should retain 80% of its capacity at least after 400 full charge cycles. If your battery should drop below 50% capacity while covered by warranty or AppleCare Protection Plan, it will be replaced by Apple. There isn't a way to read the number of cycles off the battery that I am aware of.

Hope this helps,

Nathan C.

Jan 10, 2008 7:17 AM

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