After Apple “Gather Round” event is over, we don’t know when we could get iPhone update. And now its time to think about the Apple update program. The new iPhones will arrive soon in stores which makes this a good time to review the iPhone update program.
Two-year contracts and installment payments for a new phone are a thing of the past. Now, operators and Apple allow users to finance their phones through a monthly payment. This Apple update program allows you to make a new iPhone every year. So let’s take a look.
How does the iPhone update program work?
When you buy an Apple iPhone – either in person at an Apple Retail Store or online store – and commit to paying it within 24 months. But after making half of those payments, you are qualified for an update. After 12 months, you can redeem your current phone for a new model. The clock starts again in 24 months of payments and you qualify to upgrade a new device after making 12 payments.
The owners of the iPhone X have to make a payment to be updated because this phone was launched last October, which means that you must make one more payment to get a new model when they begin to distribute at the end of the month.
Why buy an iPhone directly with Apple instead of an operator?
With the purchase of an Apple iPhone, it includes AppleCare + coverage, its insurance program and extended warranty. Otherwise, this program would cost US $ 149 or US $ 7.99 per month. In other words, with the iPhone update program, you would pay a similar price to the operators but you would not have AppleCare +.
AppleCare + doubles the standard one-year warranty to cover two years. But the real value of AppleCare + is getting protection from damages caused by accidents. You get two accident declarations to replace your phone (each one implies a charge of US $ 99, but it is a lower cost to buy a new phone). You can also replace a cracked screen or two for $ 29 per incident. Phone support extends to two years with AppleCare +; The standard is 90 days.
How much it costs?
The price is around the US $ 37.41 a month for a 64GB iPhone XR and $ 68.66 a month for a 512GB iPhone XS Max.
How can I pay?
You must have a credit card to sign up for the program. In the United States, Apple uses Citizen Bank for the installment loan and requires a valid credit card issued in the United States.
Is there an age limit?
Yes. You must be at least 18 years old to apply to subscribe to this program.
How can I redeem my existing iPhone?
You can take it to an Apple Store and redeem it there, or you can buy the new phone in the Apple digital store or through the Apple Store app. When you order an iPhone online, it will arrive with a redemption kit that will allow you to package your old phone and send it to Apple. You have to send it to Apple within 14 days.
What if my present iPhone is bruised?
According to Apple, your current iPhone has to be in “good physical condition and operational“. This means that the phone should:
- Go on and keep the load.
- Have an intact and functional screen.
- Do not have cracks or cracks.
I have not made the 12 payments on my current iPhone. Can I still update?
Yes, but it will cost you money. If you have made at least six monthly payments on your current phone, you can pay the difference between your current balance and the total for the 12 payments to get a new iPhone.
Do I need to update my phone?
No, you do not have to update yourself. If you are happy with your current phone, you can continue to use it and continue to pay. After 24 months, you will have paid and can continue to use it without having to make a monthly payment, or you can choose to sell it to finance the cost of a new phone.