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AT&T confirms iPhone insurance hike on October 4th

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Fri September 30, 2011

Carrier exploits influx of new iPhone customers

Insurance costs will indeed be going up for AT&T iPhone owners on October 4th, as rumored, a page on the carrier's website reveals. On that date insurance rates are scheduled to jump from $5 to $7, affecting new and existing customers alike. The hike is happening in conjunction with the creation of a new device tier, covering the iPhone and "other devices" for which a $199 non-refundable deductible will apply.

The switch is clearly meant to coincide with Apple's iPhone press event on the 4th, at which time the company will announce one or more new iPhone models. Potentially significant is that AT&T is increasing rates in tandem with the hardware's introduction, and not at a later date when devices will presumably go on sale. It could imply that Apple is planning a rapid turnaround, opening up orders within the space of a week if not immediately.



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  1. facebook_Marc

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    Wow MacNN

    AT&T announced weeks ago that the insurance premium would increase on October 4th. I received a letter from them informing me my insurance premium would increase from 4.99 to 6.99 on October 4th well over a month ago.

  1. facebook_John

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    Don't waste your money.

    Don't waste your money on AT&T's insurance. If your phone is broken you can get it replaced at an Apple Store for $199. You don't need to waste your money every month for worthless insurance that will cost you a detectable equal to the price of paying for a replacement phone anyways! AT&T is raping your wallet.

  1. facebook_Marc

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    Asurion not AT&T

    It's Asurion that is raping your wallet not AT&T. And yes you can get a replacement at Apple for 199 if you have the phone to give them. If it's lost or stolen you will be paying 599 or 699 if you are not eligible for subsidized pricing. Also, if your phone is damaged beyond the capability of refurbishing it then your screwed as well. I always get the insurance and keep it until I am eligible for a upgrade and then I dump it.

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