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Sprint drops Total Equipment Protection for iPhone 4S

US carrier Sprint will not provide complete coverage for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, leaving customers the option of paying a $99 fee for Apple Care+, according to a recent leaked internal memo from the company.

The Apple Care service, which can only be added at the time of purchase, would be looking increasingly attractive for customers who otherwise risk losing their investment to accidents and having to pay for a new iPhone 4S after just, say, accidentally dropping the device.

The internal memo quoted by the SprintFeed site, notes that Service & Repair Strategy does not allow Total Equipment Protection to be sold for any iPhone device at launch. Repairs with OEM or harvested parts is also not allowed.

Sprint subscribers are worried that if their carrier does eventually provide total equipment coverage they might have to pay a large fee, reaching almost $200 according to some rumours. By comparison, the price for the AppleCare+ service doesn't seem so steep, as the insurance covers two bouts of accidental damage occurring over the two years of the warranty.

You could just hope that your iPhone won't require any repairs, but bear in mind that the prices for an iPhone 4S without contract are $649, $749 and $849 for the three standard capacities (16, 32, 64 GB).