Do you have an iPhone? If you do, then you’re probably concerned about battery replacement. You see, the Apple iPhone’s battery cannot be replaced by the user. The battery is located inside the stylish gadget. Users can’t simply take out the battery and purchase a new one; they still need to send the iPhone to Apple Store just to have the batteries replaced.
Consumers are frustrated about the battery replacement issue of their iPhone but they can’t do anything about it. Developers of the iPhone are still trying to come up with effective ways to expand the gadget’s capabilities, including the removable battery. Hackers are also on the move because they want to find out how to switch the batteries of the iPhone without going through the usual process provided by Apple.
Most of the very first customers who purchased the iPhone were unaware that the batteries are not replaceable. They were simply attracted by the iPhone’s crossbred iPod and cell phone features, internet-capable device, and digital camera. Apple was able to post about the battery replacement procedure on its official site after the products were already sold in the market. Apple iPod players and the iPhone follow similar procedures when it comes to battery replacement.
Apple has its battery service provider where the consumers can have their iPhone batteries replaced. The whole process takes 3 business days and the service cost is over $70 plus the shipping cost of &6.95. So you see, you will not be able to use your iPhone for three days.
However, Apple was able to determine the customer’s anticipation for battery replacement and so they offered the iPhone loaner for $29. The iPhone loaner can be used for three days while your iPhone is still with the battery service provider. Keep in mind that once your iPhone’s battery is replaced, the service process will also eliminate all the data on the gadget. Make sure that before you take the iPhone to the battery service, you’ve already backed up your music files, text messages, account settings, photos, contacts, and other important data. Apple will not be held responsible for any lost data and it is also highly advised that you remove all the iPhone accessories before the battery replacement procedure.
To answer the demands of the consumer, last July 2007, independent battery service providers emerged in the market which was not related in any way to Apple. These battery service providers charged lower fees and they also provided battery packs. The battery packs are now widely available but if you choose this alternative, you need to have a soldering iron in order to complete the task of replacing the iPhone battery. However, if you’re using the 3g iPhone, you can’t make use of the battery packs and you need to contact Apple first.
iPhones usually cost between $499 to $599 and you will also need to stick to the 2-year AT&T service plan which costs $60 per month; that is, if you don’t unlock your iPhone.
Apple should have disclosed the battery replacement info sooner so that the customers knew about it in advance. The damage has been done and if you have an iPhone and you need to replace its batteries, contact Apple battery service or you can simply purchase the DIY battery packs; so which alternative are you going to choose?