updated 02:45 pm EDT, Tue May 5, 2009
Apple and drenched iPhones
Americans who accidentally soak their iPhones can now replace the device without special penalty, reports say. Detectors in the iPhone indicate whether the hardware has been submerged in liquid, traditionally invalidating any warranty claims when trying to secure a replacement. The policy has required some iPhone owners to not only pay for a new phone, but lengthen their contract with AT&T beyond the original two years.
Under the new scheme, visitors to an Apple Store can simply pay for the cost of a refurbished phone, without suffering any further extensions to their contract. If functional, the original SIM card is swapped into the replacement iPhone. The change in approach may represent part of an overall strategy at Apple, designed to clear out as many iPhone 3Gs as possible in advance of third phone launch in June or July.