As per a leaked AppleCare+ internal document, beginning Friday you’ll be able to walk into an Apple Store abroad and receive repair or replacement service for your iPhone 5 as long as you’re an AppleCare+ customer. AppleCare+ extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPhone and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $79 service fee plus applicable tax. This means if you happen to be in Australia and your iPhone somehow ends up in the ocean, you will now be able to receive a replacement device at a local Apple Store (though you’ll have to hope that your SIM card is still functional).
As per 9to5mac,
…Apple plans to tweak the program for international travelers later this week. The changes will allow iPhone 5 owners who travel out of the country in which they purchased their phone to receive replacement devices from international Apple retail stores and authorized repair centers. The updated policy covers customers traveling to Brazil, China, India, Korea, the Middle East, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States Canada, and more. A chart indicates which countries are able to replace specific versions of the iPhone 5 (GSM, CDMA, etc.). The changes to the program go into effect on September 27th.
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