European Apple customers will soon be able to take advantage of the company’s excellent AppleCare+ service, according to sources speaking with 9to5Mac. The premium support service, which gives iPhone and iPad owners technical support and accidental damage coverage for two years, will launch in Europe imminently, though a set date hasn’t been revealed internally. With Apple set to announce new iPhones on Sept. 10, I imagine the service will launch very soon.
Sources say countries set to receive AppleCare+ includes Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland and the U.K. Like AppleCare+ in the U.S., the additional cost is expected to be an extra €100 in Europe; the services can only be applied to the country in which the customers want the support to be used, 9to5Mac said. Apple is reportedly working closely with AIG to develop the new initiative.
AppleCare+ was first launched in late 2011 for the iPhone 4S, and then opened support for the iPad in 2012. At the point of purchase, Apple customers have 30 days to pony of the extra money, otherwise they’ll only get the complimentary year of AppleCare coverage.