Last updated on March 9, 2021
iPhones, iPads and Macbooks are available for rent at Cyberport. In some cases, customers get away financially more favourably than when buying.
Cyberport rental offer (symbol image)
If you want to buy a Macbook, an iMac, an iPad, a new iPhone or an Apple Watch, you have to dig deep into your pocket. On the other hand, there is still a lot of money available on the second-hand market, especially for Apple devices, even after many years. The computer retailer Cyberport and its cooperation partner Credi2 take advantage of this fact and offer the devices on a long-term rental basis.
The rental period is two years for iPhones and the Apple Watch, and three years for Macs and iPads. The costs will be debited monthly, a good credit rating is required. This is checked online with an identity card check. After expiry of the subscription, the customer receives an offer to buy, but does not have to accept it.
If you want, you can also upgrade to a newer model of iPhone or iPad during the rental period, but Cyberport has not yet announced what this will cost.
The devices are protected against technical defects during the rental period. If you wish, you can take out optional Apple Care, which does not cover theft or loss, but breakage and other damage. The normally one-off price of Apple Care is converted to the monthly rental payments, which increase slightly as a result.
Golem.de has researched the rental prices of some current Apple models. For example, a Apple Watch Series 6 GPS 44mm with an aluminium housing costs 447.40 Euros when purchased in a shop. The monthly rent is 15,50 Euro. Extrapolated over 2 years the customer pays 372 Euro. Apple Care increases the monthly rent by 4.99 Euro.
The Apple iPad Pro 11 inch from 2020 with Wi-Fi and Cellular as well as 256 GByte memory costs 27.50 Euro per month to rent. With a three-year term, the price is 990 euros. At present, Cyberport charges 1,058 euros at purchase.
For the Apple iPhone 12 Pro with 256 GByte Cyberport charges 1.237 Euro. The monthly rental fee is 40.90 Euro – calculated over two years 981.60 Euro. Apple Care costs 11.40 Euro per month, which makes a total price of 1,255.20 Euro. This shows that renting is not always cheaper than buying, if you want to be well insured.
The Apple iMac 27 inch Retina 5K with i5 3.3 GHz, 8 GByte RAM, 512 GByte SSD and RP5300 with 4 GByte currently costs 2,017 Euro at Cyberport and rents 48.50 Euro per month. Over three years, the rental price is 1,746 Euro.
Rent, buy or finance?
Apple has been offering a 0 percent financing for some time now if the customer has a good credit rating. The advantage is that after stuttering the equipment belongs to the customer, just as with direct purchase. In return, the rates are higher than for renting. The rental offers from Cyberport make it possible to own a current Apple device without having a major impact on the customer’s liquidity – but the device does not become the customer’s property without a special payment. Those who can live with it and still keep an eye on their monthly charges through various subscriptions can benefit from it. Cyberport and its cooperation partner also seem to take this into account, as it is currently not possible to agree higher monthly rental payments than 75 euros.
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