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Apple boosts iPhone 4/4S trade-in values in handset upgrade push

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Apple on Friday launched an iPhone upgrade promotion that sweetens the deal for iPhone owners looking to step to a new iPhone 5s or 5c. Specifically, owners of iPhone 4S models can net greater trade-in incentives than usual -- up to $199.



As seen in the image above, owners of previous generation iPhones can bring their old handsets into an Apple Store for recycling, with trade-in proceeds going toward the purchase of a new iPhone 5s or 5c.

Customers can check upgrade eligibility with their wireless carrier in-store and immediately apply an iPhone's trade-in value to a new purchase.

Apple is apparently targeting iPhone 4 and 4S owners with the program as trade-in values for those devices have been boosted to up to $99 and $199, respectively. For example, the maximum $99 iPhone 4 trade-in amount can fetch a free iPhone 5c with two-year contract, while iPhone 4S trade-ins are worth up to $199, meaning some owners will be able to upgrade to a brand new iPhone 5s at no cost.

The process is based on Apple's Reuse and Recycling program, for allows customers to bring in old products that can be "recycled" for . Apple first partnered with PowerON to offer its buyback program in 2011 and recently expanded operations to include free recycling of all Apple products at all brick-and-mortar Apple Stores.

Other iPhone models are also part of the Reuse and Recycle program, including the iPhone 3G and 3GS, as well as more recent versions like the iPhone 5. Owners of the latter may not be eligible for a carrier-subsidized upgrade, however.

Outside of Apple's Reuse and Recycle program, third-party firms like Gazelle and eBay offer up to $270 in cash for 64GB iPhone 4S models. Those looking to upgrade to a newer model or simply offload old hardware can check out AppleInsider's Trade-in Guide for the latest deals.
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THIS makes the iPhone the least expensive smart phone to own...
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This is so tempting, but I'm holding out for the iPhone 6. By the way, this is yet another hint that it's coming soon.
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It's easy to suspect that recycling means turning those still useful iPhone 4/4s phones into plastic and aluminum pop cans rather the keeping them in service, so Apple can sell more new phones. Don't do that. That's wasterful. Make sure they are reused for what they were intended. Sell them or give them to a friend or relative.
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It's easy to suspect that recycling means turning those still useful iPhone 4/4s phones into plastic and aluminum pop cans rather the keeping them in service, so Apple can sell more new phones. Don't do that. That's wasterful. Make sure they are reused for what they were intended. Sell them or give them to a friend or relative.

Apple's program is called a Recycle and Reuse program for a reason. If the phone is serviceable as a resale unit or can reasonably be reconditioned it will be resold, typically overseas. Otherwise it will be recycled. My guess is that those slated for recycling can and are first canibalized for any usable components to be used in reconditioning others. For example, an iPhone 4S with a shattered and nonfunctional display but with a perfect rear glass could have that rear glass canibalized to recondition another 4S that is fine except for a cracked rear glass.
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This also helps to get many non-California-kill-switch-law compliant off the streets much faster, moving to 5s and 5c. Next, after the 6-midi and 6-maxi come out,(think of the 5s as the 6-mini) you will see a push to upgrade the non-compliant 5, particularly before July 2015.

If Apple can get 60 percent upgraded to 5c, 5s and 6 in the next year, they will be way ahead of all the other smart phone makers.
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But boy are those folks gonna be annoyed after the new phones are announced next month at WWDC...
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iPhones resale value is impressive.
Will sale my 5s as soon as/if 5.5" iPhone comes out
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Originally Posted by vaporland View Post
But boy are those folks gonna be annoyed after the new phones are announced next month at WWDC...

 

Why would they be announced three months before availability? Why would they be annoyed when they were too stupid and lazy to do research of their own?

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I'm just gonna wait for the iPhone 6 I'm using an iPhone 4S but I'm not getting rid of it instead giving this phone to my mom so she can finally have a smartphone lol but it seems cool that Apple is going this though 1smile.gif
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Why would they be announced three months before availability?

Seems like the usual announcement / upgrade cycle may be different this time.

The 1st iPhone was announced six months before availability.

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Why would they be annoyed when they were too stupid and lazy to do research of their own?

Because people are sheep? Is that really a question, or are you just (easily) annoyed?
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This also helps to get many non-California-kill-switch-law compliant off the streets much faster, moving to 5s and 5c. Next, after the 6-midi and 6-maxi come out,(think of the 5s as the 6-mini) you will see a push to upgrade the non-compliant 5, particularly before July 2015.

If Apple can get 60 percent upgraded to 5c, 5s and 6 in the next year, they will be way ahead of all the other smart phone makers.

I doubt the law covers existing [already sold] smartphones.
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Seems like the usual announcement / upgrade cycle may be different this time.

The 1st iPhone was announced six months before availability.

Yes, because pre announcing your first product in a category in which you don't already compete doesn't hurt you (there's no existing product in your stable that's going to get passed over in favor of waiting for the new one). It actually helps as those consumers who are interested may wait rather than buy a competitor's product so you build up a volume of demand while cutting off some sales of your competitors. But once you have entered a new category, you generally don't want to demo your next version too far in advance of having it available for sale, to avoid depressing sales of you current version.
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Originally Posted by vaporland View Post
Seems like the usual announcement / upgrade cycle may be different this time.

 

In what way does it seem that?

 
The 1st iPhone was announced six months before availability.

 

BECAUSE THERE WAS NOTHING ALREADY FOR SALE BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

 
Because people are sheep? Is that really a question, or are you just (easily) annoyed? 

 

I can see that you don’t have a clue about anything you’re trying to discuss.

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Oh dear what to do ... Do I keep my old 4s, now in my collection of every iPhone there has ever been, or sell it ....
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But boy are those folks gonna be annoyed after the new phones are announced next month at WWDC...

Anyone that upgrades right now could care less...

 

Edit: I just read your other posts....I see I shouldn't even bother.

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Can I bring in my iPhone 4 and get 99 bucks for it even if I don't upgrade at that time?
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Anyone that upgrades right now could care less...

You mean couldn't care less...

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Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post
You mean couldn't care less...


I could care a little bit less than he couldn’t care.

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I doubt the law covers existing [already sold] smartphones.

Don't over estimate the intelligence of our state representatives.

Until Apple and others complained, the proposed law did not make it clear as to the status of previously produced smart phones.

Now the proposed law states that all phones SOLD starting July 1, 2015 ( six months later than originally proposed) must incorporate kill-switch technology.

Thus Apple et. al. need to reduce their stock of older phones, else recall them from California shelves.

Of course, the remaining non-compliant phones can be sold in other states or outside the U.S., except in countries adopting similar laws, but at steeply discounted prices. For many manufacturers, that means at a loss.

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Oh dear what to do ... Do I keep my old 4s, now in my collection of every iPhone there has ever been, or sell it ....

If you sell it, you won't have a collection of every iPhone there has ever been, unless you have more than one.

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Aren't the 4 and 4s already equipped with kill switch via IOS 6 and later?
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If you sell it, you won't have a collection of every iPhone there has ever been, unless you have more than one.

I worded that poorly, I was meaning I wonder if it's worth saving a set or not.
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If you sell it, you won't have a collection of every iPhone there has ever been, unless you have more than one.

I worded that poorly, I was meaning I wonder if it's worth saving a set or not.

If they are in good condition, I would say certainly. I would love to be in your position! I like to hang onto my first computer, phone etc. Even if you never see them gain any worth as an antique, you or others will be able to look back on them in years to come with awe.
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THIS makes the iPhone the least expensive smart phone to own...

 

  • (Note: US-centric comment, and noting you didn't specify "best" as well as "least expensive"): 


....Except for off-contract phones with no-lock-in to parasitic subsidized contracts, e.g., a decent Android activated at T-Mob. 

Too many short-sighted folks never stop to think that "expensive to own" (very much) includes TCO which (very much) includes the non-expiring premium for a subsidized phone that continues after the full cost of the device has been paid.

 

So a full-freight 5s on a pay-for-service only plan is also cheaper to own over two years than a 5c or 4s on a contract.

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Does this program apply for not self broken iPhone 4's? Can I pay with EUR? Or do I have to buy a plane ticket to the U.S.A.? That would make it a lot more expensive and is not eviromentally friendly.

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Because the Apple website trade-in page still links to PowerON, I have to speak up based on an unfortunate episode in early November when I traded in two iPhone 4 models. I will not do business with PowerON again and I believe that anybody else who uses them will be doing so at their own risk.

 

After sending in each phone which I evaluated as being in "Good" condition according to their checklist, PowerOn came back with emails that downgraded each phone to "Fair" and knocked $30 off their estimate for each phone. They attached what were purported to be photos of each phone's screen and said there were scratches that downgraded their value.

 

EXCEPT ... that the photos they sent WERE NOT of my phones! I took detailed record photos of each of my phones before sending them in, and in no way do the screen photos they sent remotely compare to the photos that I took of my phones.

 

I have not said that PowerON attempted to cheat me, but you are free to draw your own conclusions from the facts as presented.

 

I responded that I thought their estimates were bullshit and directed them to return the phones to me, per their trade-in terms. Two days later, this is what they emailed back (names and quote numbers deleted):

 

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"Hello ##########,

Thank you for your email. It's unfortunate you are unsatisfied with the audit results. However, we would like you to be satisfied with the program, and after reviewing your quote, we have gone ahead and decided to award you in full for both quotes (###### and ######). Please let us know if this is acceptable to you or if you would still like the phones returned. Thank you for your interest in the program and have a great day.

#### #######
Head Consumer Trade-In Specialist"

 

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Now isn't that amazing? Just like that, this wonderful, beneficent company decides to "give" me $60 more just because "we would like you to be satisfied with the program."

 

I accepted the offer, but I have to wonder how many other people were dealt with in the same way by this outfit. People who plan to trade in their old devices need to be very, very careful about where they do business. For its part, it would behoove Apple to audit the business practices of PowerON, with whom they chose to partner.

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It's easy to suspect that recycling means turning those still useful iPhone 4/4s phones into plastic and aluminum pop cans rather the keeping them in service, so Apple can sell more new phones. Don't do that. That's wasterful. Make sure they are reused for what they were intended. Sell them or give them to a friend or relative.

 



For now I'm keeping my perfect condition off contract iPhone 4.
Sure I get a $99 trade in, but the new usage plan is $30/m more than what I was paying.
Actually the next usage plan for me would be $50/m more than the reduced cost plan
I'm now paying for my owned iPhone4.
Yes my voice and data allowance is less, but more than enough for me.
I'm heavy on data usage, but it's mostly on faster WiFi.
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