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Jailbroken iPhones now covered under SquareTrade warranty

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Jailbroken iPhones now covered under SquareTrade warranty
Forfeiting your warranty has always been the cost of admission to hacking your device. With SquareTrade’s new terms you can effectively have your cake and eat it too.

SquareTrade is a third-party provider of warranty services for electronics. In addition to extending the manufacturer’s coverage, one of SquareTrade’s claims to fame was its early addition of accidental damage protection far before other popular warranty services offered this type of coverage.

Currently, neither manufacturers nor carriers will support a device that has been hacked. Apple established early on that it would not honor a warranty for a device that had been jailbroken, making AppleCare, and the recently added option of AppleCare+, essentially useless to those looking to customize their devices outside of Apple’s sanctions.

SquareTrade has modified its terms to allow for coverage of jailbroken iPhones. Now before you try and swap out your iPhone from a jailbreak gone awry, be advised that SquareTrade does not (rightfully so) cover issues that arise as a result of jailbreaking. It also does not cover hardware that was tampered with, but it is nice to see a company not demonizing the act of jailbreaking as the be-all, end-all warranty killer.

source: SquareTrade via CNet

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posted on 04 May 2012, 12:01

1. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

Square Trade should come to our region (ASPAC - Asia Pacific Region) and give Chartis / AIG (currently the only insurance counterpart of Square Trade) a run for their money.

I'm willing to be an underwriter of Square Trade.

posted on 04 May 2012, 12:34 1

2. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

This is pretty dope, makes getting a warranty with Straight Talk super easy.

posted on 04 May 2012, 14:10 1

3. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)

Doesn't surprise me, knowing that it's pretty much impossible to brick an iOS device.

posted on 04 May 2012, 15:28 1

4. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I use Square trade for all my electronic toys, good company.

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