Best Buy has reached an agreement with Apple to sell AppleCare and AppleCare+ protection plans in its retail stores throughout the U.S., a new report claims. The plans are expected to go on sale in mid-September, just in time for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
“The plans call for Best Buy to begin offering the AppleCare plans in its stores at checkout around the week of September 14th,” reports 9to5Mac, citing sources familiar with the plans.
The move will make Best Buy the only third-party retailer, aside from carriers, to offer AppleCare plans in the U.S. But the deal is expected to include more than just selling AppleCare plans through Best Buy, according to the sources.
AppleCare and AppleCare+ plans purchased through Best Buy will reportedly combine the retailer’s standard warranty, so those who need service for an Apple product can either take it directly to Apple, or their local Best Buy store instead.
“Best Buy had been reluctant to agreeing to selling AppleCare until now in order to promote its own in-house warranty services, according to a source” speaking to 9to5. However, combining the two will likely result in boosted sales, and Best Buy will surely get a cut of AppleCare revenue.