Apple iPhone X screen repair costs $280 without AppleCare

“If you’re among the lucky few who actually got an iPhone X last night, you might want to buy a screen protector, like right now,” David Katzmaier reports for CNET.

“Apple’s new flagship phone, which starts at $999, £999 or AU$1,579, will cost a bundle to replace if damaged,” Katzmaier reports. “Apple’s service pricing for the phone lists $279, £286 or AU$419 if you ‘need to replace your screen due to accidental damage or mishandling. Accidental damage isn’t covered by the Apple warranty.'”

“The exception is if you elect to get AppleCare+ coverage, which does cover accidental damage to the screen and other parts of the phone,” Katzmaier reports. “It costs $199 in the US, £199 in the UK and AU$299 in Australia.”

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  1. I always buy a protective case and never had a problem with a broken iPhone. As for the expensive screen repair, because it’s a totally new iPhone, parts are at a premium for brand new units let alone broken ones.

  2. I’ve always added the AppleCare / AppleCare+ coverage to my new purchases of Apple products. Often times I’ve never had to use the AppleCare, but every once in a while I’ve thanked my guardian angel that I’ve had the protection.

    For my iPhone X Space Gray 256GB that I ordered today for delivery Nov 3, I did add the AppleCare+, which was 2.199 SEK. This converts to $266 at today’s exchange rate. The phone itself cost $1,595 in dollar terms (converted from SEK).

    1. “Often times I’ve never had to use the AppleCare, but every once in a while I’ve thanked my guardian angel that I’ve had the protection.”

      Either you did need it or you didn’t, “often times…never…once in a while” makes no sense.

      1. It’s called Value Added Tax (VAT).

        VAT is a consumption tax. It benefits domestic production and export because it lowers domestically produced production (income) taxes.

        This is the biggest reason exporters to the US can undercut US produced goods: imbedded taxes are drastically lower on imported goods (into the US) with no US national sales (consumption) tax in place to level the playing field.

        Conversely, US produced goods are heavily imbedded with a wide spectrum of production taxes, then are taxed (VAT) in the destination Country.

        Real tax reform would eliminate all production taxes in the US, replaced with a national sales tax. Doing so would reduce the price of US exports by about 25%, while simultaneously raising the retail price of imported goods by the same 25%.

        US balance of trade is a negative $64 Billion per MONTH. That is $64 Billion more in imported goods than exported goods. THAT is US jobs going overseas because of the way the US taxes its businesses and citizens. It has nothing to do with actual tax rates.

        Tax reform in the US is a joke as long as we continue to tax as before (production). As it is done in the US “Tax Reform” is just rearranging the Titanic’s deck chairs.

    1. I like the “Pelican Protector” case. I’ve used it on my iPhone 6, 7 Plus and now I have one sitting on my desk as I await the X.

      I used to really like the Speck Candyshell, but I find the Pelican has a slightly slimmer profile while protecting just as good. Raised slightly at the edges of the screen for screen protection, slightly grippy on back to prevent dropping.

      I really like it!

  3. Don’t forget that if you need a screen repair and have AppleCare+, you still have to pay a deductible per incident. So it’s not really $199 versus $279. And of course, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll need repair (though it would cover more than just screen damage).

  4. Owned an iPhone since the first one. Never broken a screen yet, and I never put a screen protector on it. I do use a case. I ordered my X without AppleCare, since I got thru to Verizon before the AppleStore. I’ll likely add AppleCare in the next month, and get an edge bumper for better grip.

    1. Why do you think you’ll add AppleCare this time?

      I’ve also never broken a screen since my first iPhone ten years ago, but always used cases and screen protectors. I’ve had a tempered glass protector and Incipio case on my 6+ for 3 years and no AppleCare, though I may pony up for it by the time my X arrives in December because of the high repair cost.

    2. My iPad Pro sustained some kind of infernal injury when it slid off a table. No case on it 😱 but it had AppleCare 👍 I took it to a Genius bar and they replaced it at no charge.

      2 yrs ago Butterfingers dropped a company-issued iPad on a cement floor. No case on it 😫 and no AppleCare 👎 the screen spiderwebbed. Although it still worked there is no joy swiping on fractured glass. 😬

  5. Like my ol’ Grandpappy used to say, he said….”son…if you ever come across that funny lookin’ girl with no belly button and a notch on her head…you better wrap that rascal!”

    Not once did it occurs to me’s I reckon, that she was the rascal!

            1. @WTF
              Now we’ve come full circle, what are YOU talking about. Are you from across the pond? Because here in ‘merica, though I don’t agree with them, Trumpies are fond of saying “If you can’t speak the language, get the f*ck out of the country”.

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