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<DIV><FONT face=Arial>$99 + $6.95 for ipad battery service - ouch!</FONT></DIV>
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<H1><EM>iPad Swapped if its Battery Fails, Apple Says</EM></H1>
<P><EM>Paul Suarez</EM></P>
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<EM>Mar 13, 2010 2:47 pm</EM></P></DIV>
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<P><EM>If you're one of the folks (or as others have said, "</EM><A 
href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/191436/ipad_preorders_for_idiots_only.html?tk=rel_news" 
target=_blank><EM>idiots</EM></A><EM>") who have already decided to hand over a 
few Benjamins for </EM><A 
title="http://www.pcworld.com/article/191390/apple_now_taking_ipad_preorders_five_things_to_consider.html?tk=rel_news&#10;CTRL + Click to follow link" 
href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/191390/apple_now_taking_ipad_preorders_five_things_to_consider.html?tk=rel_news" 
target=_blank><EM 
title="http://www.pcworld.com/article/191390/apple_now_taking_ipad_preorders_five_things_to_consider.html?tk=rel_news&#10;CTRL + Click to follow link">an 
iPad pre-order</EM></A><EM>, chances are you haven't given much thought to what 
happens if yo<SPAN class="image rtmd"><IMG alt="apple ipad" 
src="http://images.pcworld.com/news/graphics/187901-appleipadpromo_original.jpg"></SPAN>ur 
battery goes bad. <FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00">Rest assured that 
Apple is one step ahead of you.</FONT></EM></P>
<P><EM>According to a recently-posted </EM><A 
href="http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/service/battery/" 
target=_blank><EM>FAQ</EM></A><EM>, Apple will replace your iPad if it "requires 
service due to the battery's diminished ability to hold an electrical 
charge<FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00">," for $99 and a $6.95 shipping 
fee.</FONT></EM></P>
<P><EM>Before you get too excited, this doesn't mean that you could pull the old 
switcharoo if you're tampering with </EM><A 
href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/187967/apple_ipad_a_handson_tour_in_pictures.html?tk=rel_news" 
target=_blank><EM>your iPad </EM></A><EM>or using it as a coaster.</EM></P>
<P><EM>Apple added, "Your iPad is not eligible for Battery Replacement Service 
if the product has been damaged, for example, as result of an accident, liquid 
contact, disassembly, unauthorized service or unauthorized modifications, or if 
the product is not operating correctly as a result of a component 
failure."</EM></P>
<P><EM><SPAN class="image ltmd"><IMG alt="" 
src="http://images.pcworld.com/howto/graphics/157129-battery180_original.jpg"></SPAN>A 
little more than $100 for a new, or as </EM><A 
href="http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/13/dead-ipad-battery-never-mind-replacing-it-apple-just-sends-ano/" 
target=_blank><EM>Engadget</EM></A><EM> points out "possibly refurbished," iPad 
may seem like a decent deal to some, considering Apple </EM><A 
href="http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/service/battery/" 
target=_blank><EM>services iPhones</EM></A><EM> when they start to lose their 
charge. But the swap comes with one big disadvantage.</EM></P>
<P><EM>Apple warns that replacement iPads won't come with any of your personal 
information and suggests you sync your old device with iTunes to backup your 
data before sending it in.</EM></P>
<P><EM>Apple says the service could be done within a week if arranged by calling 
</EM><A 
title="http://www.apple.com/support/contact&#10;CTRL + Click to follow link" 
href="http://www.apple.com/support/contact" target=_blank><EM>Apple Technical 
Support</EM></A><EM>.</EM></P>
<P><EM>Apple may be trying to prevent future fallout from consumer rights groups 
by posting the FAQ now. In 2007, the Foundation for Consumer and Taxpayer Rights 
</EM><A 
href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/134248/users_blast_iphone_battery_policy.html?tk=rel_news" 
target=_blank><EM 
title="http://www.pcworld.com/article/134248/users_blast_iphone_battery_policy.html?tk=rel_news&#10;CTRL + Click to follow link">attacked 
Apple and AT&amp;T</EM></A><EM> for not describing the fees and methodology for 
the battery replacement scheme before the original iPhone was launched. And 
remember, battery problems are not unfamiliar to Apple; some iPhone users 
</EM><A 
title="http://www.pcworld.com/article/172308/apple_investigates_iphone_31_os_battery_problems.html?tk=rel_news&#10;CTRL + Click to follow link" 
href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/172308/apple_investigates_iphone_31_os_battery_problems.html?tk=rel_news" 
target=_blank><EM>reported hassles after a software upgrade.</EM></A><EM> This 
time, Apple is spelling out its intentions up front. </EM><A 
href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/172308/apple_investigates_iphone_31_os_battery_problems.html?tk=rel_news" 
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