Sprint decides not to offer insurance on the Apple iPhone 4 and Apple iPhone 4S

Sprint decides not to offer insurance on the Apple iPhone 4 and Apple iPhone 4S
Sprint has decided against offering it's Total Equipment Protection for the Apple iPhone 4 and the Apple iPhone 4S. Instead, those customers of the nation's third largest carrier that want to insure their new 2-year investment can buy insurance from  AppleCare+ or from a third party insurer. If you have butterfingers, or treat your handsets roughly, it is not a bad idea to have some protection.

AppleCare+ extends your Apple iPhone warranty by one year and includes two repairs for damages caused by accidents. Each of those repairs will cost you $49. Priced at $99, AppleCare+ must be purchased at the same time you buy your iPhone 4 or 4S. After all, it wouldn't be fair to drop your brand new smartphone on concrete and then buy the insurance the next morning, would it? And not to frighten you, but a damaged unit will cost at least $649.99 to replace.

The slide shows that Total Equipment Protection will not be sold at launch, which means that the carrier could be looking at a way to offer the program to its Apple iPhone buyers in the future. But for now, your choices are AppleCare+, a third party insurer or lady luck.

source: SprintFeed via Engadget

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46 Comments

42. 4realz unregistered

okay is this only if you're signing a two year contract or is this in general? I already have TEP on my bill for my Evo, but I plan on buying the 4s at retail and swapping phones. will Sprint automatically remove TEP on my account?

43. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

Probably, but don't ever count on it. Be sure to ask that when you purchase the phone.

44. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

1. Good luck finding one you can buy for retail. People wanna make contracts off these so I'm sure no one will see you one until their store is replenished with stock 2. No TEP period. It will remove it because Sprints insurance will not work for it. If you had it on, it will automatically take it off when activating the phone.

41. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

34. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

It wasn't Sprint's decision to not offer insurance, it was Apples. Apple literally has Sprint by the balls in every aspect of the deal, all the way down to making customers purchase APPLE'S insurance versus TEP.

33. Rich unregistered

i dont think ive seen an iphone over 6 months old without a cracked screen

38. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

yes you are right

24. richard1990 unregistered

Ya and u can get wirefly insurance for 70 bucks a year covers everything and u dont get a referbished phone u get a new one back no ? Asked with no deductible up to 3 times a year now u tell me who has best insurance?

22. veritech

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

I have Sprint TEP and every time I go to a service and repair center they tell me my phone is fine. I showed them the phone doesn't charge and the screen has 5 dead pixels. They said it's fine. I also showed them the phone won't make phone calls. They just said its fine just pull the battery. Then they said we can't fix any of your problems call asurion and pay the $100.00 deductible. Then the Tech stated he can't order a phone it would get him in trouble because they've exceeded their quota of repairs for the month. I've been to three corporate owned service center and none of them tried to help they all said the same thing. I kept on getting the shuffle story. Ironically the third party repair center said it was defective and needs to be replaced but they can't order me a new one do to it being a SERO account. That's the experience you get with Sprint paying $8 dollars a month for TEP. Granted, Asurion is awesome and they will be always helpful. I can't wait to get rid of my Android phone and go to an Apple store for repairs. At least there I can get some help. By the way Best Buy charges $10 dollars a month to your credit card for there service and repair program and they will try to fix your water damaged phone not replace it.

31. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Look at me i like to make up stuff as I go. If you phone is still under warranty, then they will fix it. There is no quotas for repair.

40. G-Reg unregistered

You must lack nuts.. If lazy pathetic people dont want to deal with your bs, and you accept there bs, your going to get the run around. Know your info before going into the store. Know what your entitled to and dont accept any less.

19. :) unregistered

obviously the best insurance for an iPhone is to just simply not get an iPhone.....

13. palmguy

Posts: 991; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

You pay $99 (at time of purchase only). You can do 2 claims for light damage in the 2 years. Hmmm, Sprint insurance $8 monthly warranty exchanges as many times as needed and 3 damage, lost, stolen claims a year? You decide.

15. androidsbiggestfan

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Not having insurance, just another reason to buy something other than the iPhone.

26. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Theres other good insurance options out there

21. markusmaximous

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

And $100 deductable through sprint assurion. Not worth it.

28. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

its not a hundred its $50 i have had to use my equipment coverage before i should know. verizons deductible is $100. i personally think verizon is an overpriced POS company

35. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

$50 for feature phones, $100 for smartphones. Drop your Echo and find out for yourself.

36. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

ive dropped my echo multiple times and there sadly isnt a scratch on it because i want a new phone preferably the gs2 or evo 3d

46. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

This answer is correct. The only smartphones with a $50 deductable are the optimus and replenish. All other smartphones are $100

9. SpyDoorMan

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

SPRINT-ing away from the insurance :) IP4S ROCKS! though i hope the build, too, is as solid as a rock :)

8. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Well think about it this way, people will be more carefully with their iphone. If it gets lost or stolen then you better hope you cam track it.

7. kshell2 unregistered

ive dropped my kyocera echo multiple times on everything lol NOT A SCRATCH ON IT :) iphones must kneel to their android masters :D

11. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

"I've dropped my kyocera echo...." Stopped reading after this, you lost all credibility.

17. rwoody unregistered

Pretty much.

18. kshell12 unregistered

I got the thing because it was free on wirefly. the only thing i do like about it is the durability.otherwise everything about it is a problem im saving up money to get a different phone. any recommendations?

23. ikjoiu

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

Evo 3d, Epic touch, Iphone 4s, photon All of them good phones thought i prefer the 3d more

27. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

this is same person just on comp and not my slow phone lol i wont get new phone til summer when i can get a job cause i currently have school. so if its out at sprint by then ill get the sgs3 or if sprint has it the google nexus prime

29. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

also that is if the gs3 has an super amoled HD screen which it more than likely will because i prefer the text to not be pixelated when i zoom in on the web browser because i have bad eyes and need to have my eyes checked but eye appointments or any doc prices are outrageous

25. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

iphone 4S!! of course

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