Apple's $100 iPhone Rebate Now Available
Okay, the biggest question for those of us who rushed out to buy the iPhone back in June for $200 more than it costs now is when and how are we getting our $100 rebate? Well, Apple finally made good on its word and getting your $100 rebate is even easier than we imagined it would be.
Just go to the dedicated Apple iPhone rebate page, plug in your phone number and your handset's serial number, and then wait for an access code to be sent to you via text message. Enter the access code you get and you'll be brought to a page with a barcode that contains your official coupon/rebate for $100 of credit at any Apple store or on Apple's online store. Use the number on the barcode or bring the printout of the page with you to a brick-and-mortar Apple store to redeem your $100 credit.
Now, many people have complained that $100 just isn't enough to buy anything worthwhile at the Apple store. We disagree, though we think it's a bummer that we can't use it to buy iTunes (it's essentially an electronic store credit).
For starters, you might want to use it to upgrade to a better set of headphones than the lousy, generic earbuds the iPhone ships with. We like the V-Moda Vibe Duo -- they offer tight bass, nice chrome-accented looks, and a tangle-free wire. Best of all, they're around $99 -- a perfect purchase for your rebate (but don't forget you'll have to pay sales tax).
We don't know about you, but we're going to use the rebate to apply $100 towards the purchase of an iPod Classic 160-gigabyte (GB), because we're tired of having to choose between our favorite TV shows or our photo collection in the current 80-gigabyte model we have.
Remember, you're only eligible for the rebate if you purchased your iPhone between June 29 and August 21. Anything purchased after that gets a full $200 refund under a price protection deal, but be warned: You must apply for the refund before September 19, which is next Wednesday. If you don't apply for price protection before then, you'll have to settle for just the $100 store credit.
Anyway, happy rebate shopping!
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