When they get a new phone, some people get excited about it, while other people feel a sense of annoyance that they have to get used to something new.
It doesn’t matter how you feel about the prospect of setting up a new device; if you don’t have any kind of insurance in place, an iPhone can be quite expensive to replace. Therefore, you must protect your iPhone in some way.
If you order your iPhone from Verizon online, you may be able to complete both the purchase of the iPhone and the activation of AppleCare+ in a single transaction at the phone retailer of your choice.
Is AppleCare available through Verizon in any way?
You will not be able to have an employee at a Verizon retail location add AppleCare+ standard plans for you, but you will be able to buy them when you buy iPhones and iPads online from the Verizon website. When purchasing from verizon.com, it is possible to add AppleCare, even though the process is challenging and the coverage offered by Verizon is restricted.
There is a method available for you to acquire AppleCare+ on the product that you have purchased from Verizon if you are considering doing so.
But if you want to know what you’re paying for and other ways to get it, keep reading because we’ll discuss those things below.
What are the steps to purchase AppleCare+ through Verizon?
When you upgrade your phone online, you will be prompted to select device protection after you have chosen your phone model and plan. This will happen after you have completed the upgrade.
The user experience that Verizon provides on this page is heavily weighted toward luring you to purchase Verizon products.
If you do not click on the link that says “See all protection options” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, you will not even see the option to purchase AppleCare+.
You will need to scroll down until you reach the bottom of that page to find AppleCare+ and then click the button to purchase it.
If you click on the AppleCare+ option, however, the default selection of the Verizon protection plan will not be removed automatically.
If you do not intend to have dual coverage, you should ensure that the final option to decline Verizon’s protection plan is selected on the drop-down menu.
What exactly is covered by AppleCare+?
Any iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, or AirPods can have AppleCare+ protection quickly and easily purchased for them.
There is a possibility that additional Apple products, such as headphones designed by Beats by Dre, will be covered.
If you go to the Apple website and enter the product’s serial number when prompted, you will be able to determine whether or not the warranty applies to your Apple products.
You have to make sure that you make your purchase of AppleCare+ within the first sixty days of getting your device, and there may be a diagnostic component to the setup to make sure that everything is in working order with that device at the time that you are purchasing it. This is true regardless of where you go to purchase AppleCare+.
If you make the initial payment, you will receive an additional two to three years of coverage (depending on the device), which brings the total number of years of coverage you will have received from the purchase to a total of five.
On the other hand, you have the option of paying for the plan in monthly installments, which will provide you with coverage for a longer period but will, of course, cost you more money throughout the device’s lifetime. This payment option is exclusive to the Apple website.
AppleCare+ will take care of your iPhone for free up to two times per year if it needs to be repaired due to a hardware-related issue. This coverage is valid for the first 12 months of ownership.
Additionally, there are some additional benefits, such as priority access to Apple support whenever you call or go online, as well as express replacement service if you require it.
How much does it cost to get AppleCare+?
Your answer to this question will be determined by the type of coverage you are interested in as well as the type of protection you are seeking.
If you go through Verizon directly for your service, the only plan you can get is the standard one, and the only way to pay for it is all at once.
AppleCare+ Standard and AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss Protection are the two primary tiers of coverage available.
In addition, if you want to pay for any of the AppleCare+ plans every month, you’ll have to buy AppleCare+ from Apple itself rather than from a third-party retailer like Verizon. This is because AppleCare+ can only be purchased from Apple.
However, if you want to get everything done in one fell swoop when you order your phone from Verizon and want to add AppleCare+, the cost for the lump sum is almost the same as purchasing through Apple directly, with an additional $0.97 being charged for the convenience.
Rather than having to remember to go to Apple’s website or set it up on your device, it might be worth less than a dollar to just get everything done in one transaction instead of having to remember to do both of those things. Nonetheless, the decision is yours to make.
Note that Verizon is only offering the basic AppleCare+ plans and does not provide the option to upgrade to a plan that includes loss and theft protection for Apple products.
Standard AppleCare+ Protection
The standard plan for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini costs a one-time payment of $149.99 for coverage that lasts for two years, or $7.99 per month for coverage that lasts for up to five years.
The iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max have a price increase to $199 for a one-time payment or $9.99 per month respectively.
Prices for additional coverage under the Standard AppleCare+ plan:
- iPhone 12 Pro / Pro Max plus iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max is available for a one-time payment of $199 or a monthly payment of $9.99.
- $149 in a single payment or $7.99 on a monthly basis: iPhone 12 / 12 mini + iPhone 11
- $79 one-time payment or $3.99 each month: the iPhone SE.
AppleCare Plus, which includes protection against theft and loss
If you are willing to pay a little bit more, you can ensure that you will be able to replace your phone if it is stolen by the stranger you asked to watch your belongings while you went to the restroom at Starbucks or if it falls out of your pocket while you are riding your electric bike to work on the way to work.
This feature is not accessible on any other Apple product, including any iPads or Macs.
In addition to purchasing the service, you will need to ensure that the Find My iPhone app is always running on your iOS device to be eligible for this feature.
The cost of theft and loss protection will go up to $269 as a one-time payment for the standard plans that cost $199.
Your current monthly payment of $9.99 will now be $13.49 per month after the increase.
The price increase for the standard plans that cost $149 brings the total up to $219 as a one-time payment, and the monthly plan goes up from $7.99 to $11.49 per month.
Theft and loss protection will cost $149 for the SE standard plan, which costs $79. This comes out to $7.49 per month.
If you have AppleCare+, the manufacturer’s warranty will be extended, and you will not be responsible for any hardware repair costs.
However, a deductible is still required for many of the services that you receive.
AppleCare+ can be thought of as a form of insurance for your iPhone or other Apple product. You must pay it every month, keep your fingers crossed that you won’t require it, and pay an initial lump sum in addition to the monthly premium.
Repairs for cracked screens cost $29 each time. You can pay to have it done.
This would be considered accidental damage, and AppleCare+ permits a total of two incidents of accidental damage each year.
The cost of having the screen replaced is significantly lower than any other deductible, making it the one that the vast majority of people will likely take advantage of.
A deductible of $99 applies to any other accidental damage that may occur, such as damage caused by liquid.
Even if you have upgraded your AppleCare+ to include protection against theft and loss, you will not automatically be given a brand new phone if the one you currently have is stolen or lost.
Instead, you will be required to pay a fee of $269 to acquire a brand new device.
Although this is a lot less expensive than purchasing a brand new one outright, it is still not something to scoff at.
In addition to this, if you get an entirely new phone, you will need to purchase all of the accessories, such as a new phone case and screen protectors.
Other Than the Apple Online Store, Where Else Can I Purchase AppleCare+ for My Apple Products?
You can buy AppleCare+ from your iPhone by going to Settings > General > About > AppleCare+ Coverage Available. Apple also has plans available on their website, but you can also buy AppleCare+ directly from your iPhone.
After that, you’ll see on-screen instructions for a walkthrough.