Best protection plan beyond warranty?

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    I'm interested in knowing what people have found to be the best protection plans for their Verizon iPhone beyond the Apple 1 year warranty. I'm not looking to pay Verizon $9 a month per phone to protect everything. The Apple Care for 2 years for $99 seems like a good deal, since it covers 2 accidents for $50 each, but I'm not sure whether or not I can buy it for a Verizon iPhone, or just one that I've purchased at an Apple retailer.
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    Apple Care is for the Apple product. Apple doesn't care where you bought it as long as it is registered.
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    And that it's not modded physically.
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    OK, thanks "jimmi3" That makes sense. Even though I have to activate the phone with Verizon, I can still register it with Apple, then buy Apple Care.

    And, no plans for physical mods, "willerz2"....and I understand that if one "jailbreaks" and or "unlocks" the phone, it can still be restored to factory spec if warranty work is required.
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    Depends on the unlock. If it's a factory unlock, then you can always claim it as a carrier unlock. If it's an interposer unlock, just pull it out. If it's a software unlock, restoring will do. Quite a few Apple reps/genius will overlook the jailbreak on the device. The Apple store that's close to where I work, most reps/geniuses have their iPhones jailbroken. But the rest of the reps/geniuses that are legit only, they'll deny you.

    If you however, brick your device while jailbroken and you can't revert back to a stock bricked state, they can deny your warranty request because most cases are linked to jailbreaking. Then again, I don't think bricked iPhones are fully covered.
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    Apple is ambiguous about Apple Care on their web site....and, after chatting with a rep, there's a reason. A phone purchased from a provider IS eligible for Apple Care, but the phones must be taken to an Apple Retail Store to verify the date of purchase. That could be a problem for some folks....not for us.
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    I just signed up for apple care over the phone. No in store verification needed. I was told you have 30 days from the day you receive the phone to add apple care.


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    As a side note. My apple care plus covers my iPhone 5 for 2 years. Not 1. Is is also cheaper than paying the monthly Verizon insurance fee over a 2 year period.


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    I just signed up for the apple care plus this past weekend. I also have the Verizon insurance. I know...it's probably overkill, but I can cancel my Verizon insurance if I want. Prior to my iPhone I had a phone that died on me 3 months before my contract ended. Had I had the insurance, I would have been able to get a replacement. So needless to say I had to use a phone I had 4 years ago that was so clunky. It killed me and was the longest 3 months ever! ;)
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    Yes, this is exactly the reason I want the AppleCare and not the Verizon coverage.
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    I called 800-694-7466 and did it over the phone. They emailed me my confirmation. Again you have 30 days from the date of purchase if you wanted it for your phone!


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    Thanks for the tip, "Mommy." Got it handled on the phone with no difficulty at all. Can't imagine why the Apple Store Chat-person told me I had to go to a retail store to do it......
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    Anytime! It was a pretty easy transaction to do!


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    Geek Squad Protection from Best Buy. Saved me more times than I can count.

    There are 2 options for purchase;
    $14.99 monthly off a credit/debit card.
    $229.98 outright purchase for two years.

    I chose this plan for the hassle free replacements I can get by walking into my local store, and the fact that I pay nothing for a new phone.
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    We have never needed any kind of service or replacement on our previous cell phones (Motorola or LG), so we felt that the AppleCare coverage was more than sufficient ($99 for two years).
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    What about Squaretrade?
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