- November 7, 2005
TechRestore announced today that it is now offering a new overnight iPod battery upgrade service for all full-size iPods. The $49 service includes overnight pickup of your iPod, the replacement of the original battery with a TechRestore high capacity battery with up to 20-hours of playback time, and return overnight shipping.
“With our new lower pricing and higher capacity batteries, iPod owners can now get the fastest full-service battery upgrade at the best price on the planet,” said Shannon Jean, Founder and President of TechRestore. “The new services are part of our quest to bring better pricing, better service and longer warranties to iPod owners worldwide.”
- October 27, 2005
Sonnet Technologies has announced a new line of high-capacity replacement batteries for first- through fourth-generation iPods and iPod minis. The new batteries offer 75% greater capacity than the original Apple batteries, according to the company. Sonnet supplies all the required tools and installation instruction videos (in English, French, German, and Japanese) on a CD-ROM. Prices range from $29.95 to $39.95.
- October 7, 2005
FastMac is offering free iPod battery recycling to all customers who purchase a TruePower iPod battery upgrade from FastMac. This program is also available to iPod owners who purchase third party battery replacements.
“We make it easy to be green. FastMac’s battery recycling program is a painless way to be good to the environment
- October 6, 2005
iPodMods is now offering lifetime replacement services for 1G-4G iPod, iPod photo, iPod mini and iPod shuffle batteries. Named the Platinum Battery Program, the $100 service offers free battery replacement for the life of an iPod. Batteries can be replaced as often as once every twelve months, and a self-installation option is also available. Turn-around times for the professional battery installation option average around 3 days.
- September 12, 2005
iPodResQ today announced repair services for the new iPod nano. The company is offering a flat-rate LCD replacement with 24-hour turn around time for $99. The service includes a custom “iBox” sent via overnight courier to pickup the nano for overnight delivery back to the iPodResQ service center. iPodResQ will receive the nano, install a new LCD the same day it is received, and return the nano back to the customer overnight.
“We have our pricing in place, our parts in stock, and we are ready for the demand of out-of-warranty repairs. Adding the iPod nano to our repair line was just another small tweak in our repair system and we are happy to be able to support the nano immediately. Unfortunately, the nanos are still vulnerable to damage and the LCD in particular needs to be cared for. I wouldn’t keep this iPod in my back pocket,” said Ryan Arter, President of MacResQ. “In fact, we received an LCD repair order the day after the nanos were released, and we are ready for the initial blast of repairs that always comes shortly after the announcement of a new iPod.”
iPodResQ said other repairs are available, but that “prices vary according to type.” iPod nano owners should call 1-877-Pod-Repair or visit the iPodResQ website for more information.
- August 22, 2005
Fastmac is now shipping its new TruePower battery upgrade for all fourth-generation iPods. The $29.99 upgrade replaces the iPod’s original internal battery with a larger capacity and longer lasting power cell battery that offers 20-70% more capacity than the original OEM battery and up to 7.5 times as many charge cycles, according to the company. The TruePower battery upgrade comes with a 2-year warranty and includes all necessary installation tools and instructions.
- August 10, 2005
RadTech has announced the availability of Ice Creme 2, a new version of its solution for removing scuffs and scratches from devices such as the iPod. The company says that the new version works 5x faster than the original formula when restoring damaged surfaces.
“Ice Creme enables most anyone to quickly and easily remove the scuffing, scratching and abrasion that tends to occur on highly polished acrylic panels, like those used in several consumer devices and popular computers,” says Radtech. “It quickly restores scuffed-up acrylic and plated metal products to like new condition. Ice Creme works great for occasional touch-ups, or when selling used gear. A typical, moderately damaged iPod requires approx. 15-20 minutes to fully restore.”
Ice Creme is available in two versions—regular ($20.95) for acrylic and minor metal damage, and “Ice Creme M
- August 2, 2005
Newer Technology has announced a 2200mAh iPod battery replacement kit for first- and second-generation iPods. The company said the new 2200mAh battery offers 78 percent more runtime capacity than the original Apple iPod battery. The $34.95 kit includes installation tools and instructions.
With the introduction of the 2200mAh battery, NewerTech is discontinuing its 1800mAh and 2100mAh iPod battery replacements for the first two iPod generations. Prices on the discontinued batteries have been dropped by $10 and are available while supplies last.
- August 1, 2005
TechRestore is now offering an overnight iPod battery upgrade service for fourth-generation (4G) iPods and all color screen iPod models.
The $69 service includes overnight pickup of the iPod, same day installation of a high-capacity iPod battery and return overnight shipping. The replacement 1000mAh battery is said to offer over 50% more charging power than the original 4G iPod battery and 38% more charging power than the original color iPod battery.
A self-service 1000mAh battery upgrade is also available for $29.
- July 20, 2005
iPodResQ has expanded its iPod repair services to allow customers with APO, FPO, and PO Box addresses to utilize its worldwide service at a discounted rate of $24. The service includes a custom “iBox” sent to the customer’s APO, FPO, or PO box to pickup the iPod for delivery back to the iPodResQ service center. iPodResQ will receive the iPod, contact the customer with a repair quote within 24-hours, perform the repair and return it to their APO, FPO, or PO Box.
“This new service was specifically designed to accommodate our servicemen and women stationed overseas that experience iPod troubles while abroad,” says iPodResQ. “We have received such an overwhelming request from all branches of the US Military and it was our pleasure to develop the same unprecedented service for those serving our country. We are providing them with our full-line of iPod repairs and high-capacity battery replacements by partnering with the United States Post Office to ensure the customer’s iPods are transported safely and quickly.
- July 19, 2005
Other World Computing is now offering an iPod battery replacement service for U.S. customers. Purchasers of a NewerTech NuPower iPod battery replacement can choose to have OWC install it for an additional $39. Batteries are available for all iPod models and sell for $24.95 to $39.95.
Customers will receive a box with a return overnight shipping label and protective cushion for shipping their iPod to OWC. Once OWC receives the iPod, technicians will perform the battery replacement (as well as clean and test the iPod) within 24 business hours.
- July 15, 2005
FastMac has expanded its TruePower line of replacement iPod batteries with the addition of a battery upgrade for all fourth-generation iPods. The company is accepting pre-orders now for the $29.95 battery, which will ship next month with a 2-year warranty and necessary tools and installation instructions.
“TruePower upgrades replace the iPod’s original internal Lithium-Ion battery with a larger capacity and longer lasting advanced power cell,” explains FastMac. “The upgrade offers 20%-70% more capacity than the original (depending on iPod model) and up to 7.5 times as many charge cycles. This is accomplished through the use of TruePower’s patented nanoparticle technology, which significantly slows the degradation of the battery.”
- July 14, 2005
Newer Technology is now offering a high-capacity 900mAh replacement battery for all iPod photo models and fourth-generation 40GB iPod models. The battery sells for $29.99 and ships with instructions and installation tools, though “professional installation is highly recommended,” according to the company. The replacement battery provides nearly 30 percent more capacity for iPod photo models and 50 percent more capacity for the fourth-generation 40GB iPod.
- July 12, 2005
Newer Technology has expanded its line of replacement iPod batteries with the introduction of a high-capacity battery for the iPod mini that provides up to 50 percent more capacity than the factory original.
NewerTech’s NuPower 600mAh is priced at $24.95. All NuPower battery kits are user-installable with included tools and online viewable installation videos, although the company says professional installation is recommended for iPod mini and fourth-generation iPod models.
- July 8, 2005
Apple has quietly lowered the price of its iPod Battery Replacement Program from $99 to $59. Originally launched in 2003, the service offers replacement and installation of a new battery if your iPod is experiencing poor battery life and is more than a year old and not covered by an AppleCare Protection Plan.
In June, Apple agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over battery problems in older iPod models. Under the terms of the settlement, owners of first-, second-, and third-generation iPods can choose either an Apple Store credit of $50, or a $25 check. In addition, the iPod’s one-year warranty is automatically extended for an additional year for third-generation iPod owners and Apple will replace the battery for free if it fails within the two-year period.
- June 20, 2005
FastMac has announced a new iPod battery upgrade that offers up to 70% more capacity than the original battery and up to 7.5 times as many charge cycles, according to the company. “This is accomplished through the use of patented nanoparticle technology code-named ‘TruePower,’ which significantly slows the degradation of the battery,” says FastMac.
The upgrade is available for 1G/2G iPods ($39.95) and 3G iPods ($29.95), and comes with a 2-year warranty. The company said necessary tools and installation instructions are included. FastMac also offers an iPod upgrade service for an additional $49.95, which includes prepaid shipping and professional installation.
- June 20, 2005
TechRestore has announced a $99.99 lifetime iPod battery replacement service. The iPod Battery Freedom service for all full-sized iPod models (1G/2G, 3G, 4G, photo and mini) includes installation of a replacement high capacity iPod battery “with at least 30% more capacity than the original iPod battery” and return overnight shipping for the first battery replacement.
A quick check of the program’s terms and conditions reveals that you are eligible to get a replacement battery only once every 18-months, and that (in addition to your costs of shipping your iPod to the company) you’ll have to pay a $12.99 return shipping charge each time a future battery is replaced.
- April 29, 2005
iPodResQ has launched a new flat-rate iPod LCD replacement service. The repair service includes a custom “iBox” that’s sent to the customer’s location in the continental U.S. via overnight courier to pickup the iPod for overnight delivery back to the iPodResQ service center. The company will receive the unit, install an LCD the same day, and return the iPod back to the customer overnight. iPodResQ said the LCDs are installed by Apple Certified Technicians. Pricing is as follows: 4G iPod - $145, iPod photo - $219, iPod mini - $129, 3G iPod - $129, 1G/2G iPod - $114.
- April 22, 2005
iPodResQ has upgraded its iPod repair service to allow customers to send two iPods in for repair or extended-life battery upgrades at the same time. The price for the service remains at $29, but customers sending in two iPods will not be charged for the additional iPod. iPodResQ’s same-day battery upgrades also remain at $79 for a single iPod, but the company now offers an option to send in two iPods for battery upgrades for $119 — a savings of $40.
- March 22, 2005
TechRestore has launched a new iPod hard drive upgrade service for owners of full-size iPods with a faulty internal drive or who are looking to boost the capacity of their iPod. The TechRestore 24-Hour iPod upgrade program is a complete, door-to-door overnight service for customers in the continental U.S. Once a repair is scheduled, a “RestoreBox” is sent via overnight courier to the customer’s home or office, where their iPod is picked up and shipped overnight to TechRestore. Within 24-hours of receipt, the upgrade is completed and the iPod is sent back to the customer via overnight.
4G iPod owners can upgrade from a 20GB to 40GB hard drive for $179.99, or from a 40GB to a 60GB drive for $229.99. 3G iPod owners have several upgrade options. They can upgrade from 15GB to 20GB for $119.99, from 10GB to 20GB for $149.99, from 20GB to 40GB for $199.99, from 15GB to 40GB for $209.99, or from 10GB to 40GB for $219.99. Owners of 1G iPods can upgrade from 5GB to 10GB for $119.99, and 2G iPod users can go from 10GB to 20GB for $129.99. Prices include all overnight shipping charges, parts and installation.