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Apple May Be Obliged To Replace Faulty AirPods For Less With These Magic Words
By Thanussha Priyah, 09 Oct 2019
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Apple’s AirPods are designed such that their batteries cannot be replaced. As such, you would typically have to pay US$138 for a replacement or fork out US$159 to get a new pair.
While that sounds like a nightmare, The Washington Post has found a loophole for AirPods users to get a cheaper replacement if their earbuds’ batteries die, which will eventually happen.
According to the report, Apple will give you a new pair of AirPods at a much lower price if you use a phrase on its store employees.
What is the phrase, you ask? It’s “battery service.”
The report states that Apple is not able to test the battery health of AirPods, which means if they stop working, their batteries are assumed to be dead and the company will have to swap them for brand new ones. For supposed “battery services” of the earbuds, Apple charges US$49 per side, which adds up to US$98 for both AirPods.
As the battery case of AirPods lasts longer than the earphones, there is a possibility it will not need a repair.
In total, you would have to pay US$98—US$61 cheaper than the retail price of US$159—to replace your AirPods if you utter the magic words, “battery service.”
So to users with AirPods with batteries that have run out, you can give this method a shot and hope for a cheaper pair of AirPods from any Apple Store.
If past experience is any guide, you might want to add-on AppleCare+ for US$29 to cover any future repairs. Good luck!
[via imore, images via Apple]
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