With Apple dropping the battery replacement price for iPhones to $29, third-party repair centers have also been forced to follow suit. iFixit was the first one to announce a price drop for its DIY Battery Kit and joining them today are Office Depot and OfficeMax. Both of them have reduced their battery replacement cost to $27.99 — a dollar lower than that of Apple.
However, unlike Apple, OfficeMax and Office Depot are only offering the discounted battery replacement program through February 4 and at their select stores. The usual cost of replacing an iPhone’s battery from OfficeMax or Office Depot is $49.99. The discounted battery replacement price will be available for the following iPhones:
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
Unlike Apple, OfficeMax and Office Depot are promising one-day battery replacement times. If that does not happen, the customer will get a $25 repair discount.
Perhaps the biggest catch here is that OfficeMax and Office Depot are not Apple authorized service providers. This means if you get the battery of your iPhone replaced via them, you will essentially be getting an aftermarket battery installed in it. However, given the rush at Apple stores and authorized repair centers, you will possibly see long wait times for getting the battery of your iPhone replaced through them.
OfficeMax and Office Depot’s discounted battery replacement program runs through February 4. If you are not in a hurry to get the battery of your iPhone replaced, you should probably wait for a month or two for the rush at Apple stores to die down and then get the battery of your iPhone replaced through an Apple store or authorised service center.