Important: Internationally Bought iPhones May Get Warranty In India, But Not Insurance

Even since I came across Raju PP’s post on how Apple has expanded warranty coverage in India for iPhones bought abroad, social media is full of posts about how people are going to import their iPhone X from the US (Rs. 73,000 incl. tax starting versus Rs. 89,000 in India) or any other country where its cheaper. While that might save you money now, there is one essential aspect that people  forget is that internationally bought iPhone won’t be eligible for insurance in India. At launch getting a  broken iPhone 7 Plus swapped cost around 34,000 INR, and the repair price for the iPhone X will certainly be even greater.  Given Apple’s reliability otherwise, insurance may be more important than warranty alone.

As a matter of policy, all major providers like Syska or New India etc require a bill issued in India before they sell you coverage. Therefore the only hope is if you purchase Apple Care from the country the phone was bought. But even that doesn’t guarantee that damage related incidents will be covered in another country, its a grey area. The Apple Care US policy seems to restrict coverage internationally, but Apple Australia seems to permit it. Therefore this option is also a hit or miss situation.

Just something you should know before you pull the trigger.

70 thoughts on “Important: Internationally Bought iPhones May Get Warranty In India, But Not Insurance”

  1. Apple has quietly introduced the international warranty facility for its phones in India, which means people who have bought iPhones in the US or any other country outside India will receive warranty privileges here as well. But, there’s a catch. The warranty is only for iPhones that are factory unlocked.

  2. Interesting article! I think only iPhones that are factory unlocked but bought in US will receive international warranty privileges. Forgive me if I’m not wrong. Check our Site

  3. How’s the price difference between iPhones in India and in Northern America? I live in Southeast Asia and the iPhones have a good $100 markup on them for almost all of the generations and variants.

  4. Indian residents who travel to nearby countries might be tempted to take advantage of lower prices elsewhere, but the site cautions against buying one in Dubai?

  5. when you buy iphone from other country the warranty is only valid in the country you buy the iPhone in. In your case, the US. If you have any issues with the phone, you’ll need to fly into the US in order to have your phone serviced. Apple might still service your phone in the UAE, but you’ll need to pay for an out-of-warranty replacement.

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