Apple looks to put some of those
worries to rest with its announcement of a battery replacement
program for the iPhone. Should your iPhone's battery ever need
replacement, Apple will do the deed for $79
plus $6.95 shipping. Apple says that the repair will take three
business days not counting shipping to and from the repair center.
All data on your iPhone will be erased
when you send it off, so Apple suggests that you backup all of your
important information with iTunes before sending it off.
Considering that an iPhone sent in for
servicing could be out of the owners hand for as much as a week or
more (including shipping time), Apple has another program in place
for customers. If you absolutely can't live without your iPhone,
Apple will rent
you an iPhone for $29 while your device is being serviced.
In the end, it seems like a pretty big
hassle for what could be accomplished with a simple, user-replaceable
battery. Hopefully, Apple will take this into consideration for the
quote: I hope those iPhone fanboys enjoy their phones because they are going to pay and pay and pay...(phone, services, accessories, battery, what's next?)
quote: Huh? $80 for battery is a rip-off. Genuine Nokia batteries cost around $20-30
quote: how can live over a week with out a cell phone these days.
quote: Um, do what the world did before cell phones? Use a pay phone or home phone and not drive all over the road while making your "important" calls?
quote: So, TomZ, please elaborate on why you feel a cell phone is indispensable.
quote: Apple iPhone margins 55 percentReutersTuesday, July 3, 2007; 11:38 AMNEW YORK (Reuters) - The most expensive iPhone model could deliver a profit margin of more than 55 percent for Apple Inc. <AAPL.O> after hardware and manufacturing costs, according to iSuppli, which examined the components of the widely anticipated device.Apple shares rose more than 4 percent after the research firm said on Tuesday that the hardware and manufacturing cost was $265.83, or almost 45 percent of the $600 retail price for the iPhone model with eight gigabytes of storage.
quote: The phone has software costs and many other factors
quote: Now you have to pay the people to put the phones together. Since Apple uses Chinese labor for this, we'll say $10 a phone.
quote: Let's just say $500 million for the sake of argument.
quote: You're forgetting one major aspect -- time. The iPhone battery will generally last well over a year.