Reminder: iPhone 4 Warranties Are Ending Right About Now
If you were part of the millions who purchased an iPhone 4 around its June 24 launch in last year, you were probably going to repeat the “early adopter” act for its successor. Following that pattern, that would also mean that, like myself, you purchased every new iPhone, leading to the realization that you didn’t have to worry about Apple’s year-long warranty service expiring since every model has been released within a year of each other, give or take a few weeks. Now that June has come and mostly-passed without an announcement of a new iPhone, early adopters are left with a small issue that they (we) have yet to face: deciding whether to pay for an additional year of warranty or to go the next few months without it.
With no new iPhone officially in sight, Apple has begun sending out an email informing users that they are about to lose warranty coverage. AppleCare is featured in the email in a blatant effort to entice users to sign up for an additional year of “technical support and hardware coverage.” Offered to customers within the first year of iPhone ownership, AppleCare extends warranty benefits for a second year at the fee of $69.
While many do not have problems once they get past the first month of using a device, it is not rare for a device to begin presenting issues leading to a failure to work properly towards the end of its first year or ironically days after the warranty is up for an unlucky few. For many, extending the warranty for as long as possible in a better-safe-than-sorry sort of move is preferred so that they do not have to deal with a broken device that costs several times the amount that additional coverage costs.
There really is not a right or wrong answer as to whether you should go without warranty. Sure, the $69 fee could save you from losing a phone worth $600-$700 or at least from hundreds of dollars of repair costs, but then again there is no guarantee that you will actually get anything out of it other than a peace of mind.
Seeing how this is the first time that “iEarly adopters,” “iAnnual updaters,” or iWhatever you want to call them will have to decide whether a warranty extension is worthwhile, what would you say is the best option, those who stick with the same phone for years? Annual updaters, is $69 worth peace of mind over the next few months before you can move onto the next iPhone with a brand new warranty?