Starting April 27, Apple allowed users to replace the iPhone’s battery, screen, and camera without having to go to Apple Stores or authorized stores.
This program is currently only applied in the US and will later be expanded to other markets. This seems to be good news for iPhone users because in the past they have all had to take their iPhone to Apple’s authorized stores for repairs at a bargain price or accept a less secure form than taking it to a non-Apple authorized repair facility .
Apple’s $4 SIM poke stick.
The user’s task now is to sit at home and order the necessary components from Apple’s website to perform a self-repair. At this point, a bit of “trouble” begins to arise.
For example, Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max battery is sold for $71, while the user fee when brought to Apple’s service center is only $69. However, if the user sends the damaged battery back to Apple, the price drops to just $47 – meaning users can also save around $20+ compared to going to a service center.
However, to repair your iPhone — unless you already have the tools to disassemble the device — you’ll need to borrow a $49 tool kit from Apple for a week.
When searching for components that Apple sells, people discovered that a fairly common “accessory” is a SIM stick – in the group of components that support the attachment of the SIM tray. This item is sold by Apple for 4 USD – almost 100,000 VND.
When browsing e-commerce websites in Vietnam, users can easily buy SIM sticks for 1,000 VND/stick – 1% of Apple’s retail price. There are even places that sell SIM sticks in batches for 18,000/100 sticks, which means 4 USD, users can buy 500 SIM sticks.
In Vietnam, users can buy 100 sticks for VND 18,300.
Apple’s sale of this accessory is reminiscent of a washcloth – which the Vietnamese call an “iGie” not too long ago for $20 (nearly VND 500,000).