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NewsPoster Jan 16, 2013 11:12 PM
Sprint reverses itself, will offer iPhone TEP on January 25
After initially deciding <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/09/sprint-says-no-to-iphone-insurance-applecare-breathes-sigh-of/">not to offer</a> its <a href="https://protection.sprint.com">"Total Equipment Protection"</a> insurance option to iPhone users, Sprint has apparently changed the policy and will begin offering the option starting on January 25, according to a screenshot posted on <em>Engadget</em>. The TEP plan is similar in nature to Apple's own <a href="http://store.apple.com/us/product/S4575LL/A/applecare-for-iphone">AppleCare+</a>, which expanded AppleCare (at an additional cost) to also cover instances of user-inflicted damage or loss on an iPhone or iPad.<br /><br />Under AppleCare+, users pay $99 for an iPhone policy, which gives them all the benefits of standard AppleCare (phone support, defect protection) as well as up to two incidents of user-caused damage which will result in the repair or replacement of the unit for a flat fee of $49 per incident. The policy must be bought within 30 days of buying the iPhone.

Sprint's TEP plan differs in that it charges no up-front fee, but instead levies an $11 monthly charge on the user's bill. Users can make claims on more incidents than Apple's limit of two, but deductibles exist in the Sprint plan ranging from $150 to $200 per incident, making the plan considerably more expensive overall, even if the user never makes a claim. Still, the program might prove a better option for those with company-provided phones (where the company would pay the monthly premium), a wish to avoid any up-front fees, or those who tend to have a lot of incidents with mobile equipment.
 
msuper69 Jan 17, 2013 09:49 AM
iDevices are very reliable so offering AppleCare like insurance is redundant.
The user-inflicted damage coverage IS a good deal for clumsy folk but for myself, I wouldn't bother.
 
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