Apple to Charge $279 to Repair or Replace a Damaged HomePod Without AppleCare+
Apple today updated its HomePod support website with out-of-warranty service pricing for the speaker, which is arriving to customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia starting today.
HomePod owners who do not purchase AppleCare+ will pay $279 in the United States, £268.44 in the United Kingdom, and $399 in Australia for Apple to repair or replace a HomePod with any damage, unless the issue is the result of a manufacturing defect covered by Apple’s limited one-year warranty.
HomePod service can be obtained with an appointment at an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. Apple also offers to send customers a box to ship their HomePod to its repair center for an additional fee of $19.95, £13.44, and $29.95 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia respectively.
HomePod costs $349 in the United States, £319 in the United Kingdom, and $499 in Australia, so Apple’s replacement fee is cheaper than buying a brand new one, but a lot more expensive compared to AppleCare+ fees.
AppleCare+ extends a HomePod’s hardware coverage to two years from its original purchase date, and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $39 service fee in the United States, £29 in the United Kingdom, and $55 in Australia, plus the upfront cost of the plan.
We’ve put together a chart to compare the potential costs of replacing a damaged HomePod with and without AppleCare+ in each country:
AppleCare+ for HomePod: United States / United Kingdom / Australia
Since the HomePod is more of a stationary product placed on a desk or kitchen countertop, many customers may opt against purchasing AppleCare+ for the speaker. But if you are worried about dropping it, or it getting splashed in the kitchen, then it may be worth considering the plan for its potential savings.
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