One of the few things I’ve had physically break on me are the headphones that come with Apple’s iPhones. The headphones are decent quality, but what really sets them apart is that. They come free with each phone bought at retail.
Inevitably they break. Because headphones are constantly being thrown into a jammed pocket or purse, wrapped and coiled together, etc. The problem with replacing the iPhone headphones is that they aren’t just normal headphones. They come with a microphone to use while chatting, and volume and hang up/play/pause controls. So, to buy an equivalent set is more than just a $10 expense.
When you buy a new iPhone, it comes with a one year warranty. What few people know is that the warranty covers everything in the box. This include the power plug, the data cable, but most importantly the headphones.
If your headphones break in the first year, take them to an apple store and they will hand you a replacement for free. I’ve told a few skeptical friends about this, and they have all reported back a hassle free experience ending with a new set of white earbuds.