Following reports which surfaced last week, that suggested the company was preparing to launch a service which would see owners of older-generation iPhones able to “trade-in” their handset – (in-store) – in exchange for discount off a future model, Apple over the weekend sent its iPhone “Trade-In” Program live in the U.S.
In a statement given to Engadget, Apple confirmed the new program’s existence, which can now be taken advantage of at the company’s many U.S retail locations.
“iPhones hold great value. So, Apple Retail Stores are launching a new program to assist customers who wish to bring in their previous-generation iPhone for reuse or recycling. In addition to helping support the environment, customers will be able to receive a credit for their returned phone that they can use toward the purchase of a new iPhone.”
The price for each “recycled” unit will reportedly be given on-the-spot, as Apple employees use the store’s linked iOS device terminals to process the “trade-in” in real-time. Apple will also be operating the system on a “take-it-or-leave-it” basis, meaning … the price you’re given, is probably the only one you’re going to get.
Eligible devices currently accepted for “trade-in” at the Apple Retail Store, include: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.
While it has been noted that Apple previously allowed for the “trade-in” of old-generation iPhone handsets through its online store, the launch of Apple’s newly revamped ‘iPhone Trade-In Program’ marks the first time that customers will be able to swap their old iPhone handsets for credit – at the company’s many retail stores.
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