Apple paying iPhone 4S users to recycle their handsets

Are all the Apple fans ready for September 12th, the date of the next iPhone event? Of course you are! Well another strong implication that a new iPhone is going to hit the market soon has come from Apple themselves.

Apple is offering up to $345 on an Apple gift card to any user wishing to recycle their iPhone 4S handset. They aren’t the only ones either, with Amazon offering $500 to one user.

Apple already offer the recycling service to owners of the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, but the 4S recently appeared on the list of devices they will buy back from you.

To be in with the chance of being offered top dollar for your device, it needs to be in good condition (no damage, cracks, etc.) and a more premium model, such as the White 64GB iPhone 4S model. The black 16GB model will get you $285 from Apple, which isn’t a world away from the $345 maximum.


The phone shouldn't look like this, but you could still get £169 for it!

Also available to UK residents, a White 64GB 4S will get you £300, with a Black 16GB fetching £260.

Apple plan to recondition the devices for resale or, if they aren’t usable, have them broken down and recycled correctly.

The United Nations estimate electronic waste reaches 40 billion tons each year. Phone companies like Apple are under increasing pressure to contribute more to the recycling issues.

Source: TechCrunch
Image: Engadget

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Possibly increase iPhone 5 sales/preorders. But switching from a 4s to a 5 wont increase marketshare....just more $$$ for Apple.

I would prefer having my previous gen phone as a backup, but it is cool that they are offering folks some cash back from their hardware. Especially for folks who don't want to mess with selling it themselves.

So Apple now feels they need to buy your previous models back to make sure they can keep sales figures of new phones up to expectation.. ;^)

paulheu said,
So Apple now feels they need to buy your previous models back to make sure they can keep sales figures of new phones up to expectation.. ;^)

Pretty much what I was thinking

paulheu said,
So Apple now feels they need to buy your previous models back to make sure they can keep sales figures of new phones up to expectation.. ;^)

A win-win situation, if you ask me.

paulheu said,
So Apple now feels they need to buy your previous models back to make sure they can keep sales figures of new phones up to expectation.. ;^)

And re-sell the phones they buy back. It means they're selling the phone twice to two different suckers, effectively making almost double on it

Good, I wish more companies would start doing this and the fact that they will recycle even if its damaged. Much less hassle than trying to sell if on your own and anything to keep electronics out of landfills is good in my book

wv@gt said,
Good, I wish more companies would start doing this and the fact that they will recycle even if its damaged. Much less hassle than trying to sell if on your own and anything to keep electronics out of landfills is good in my book

Samsung has been doing this for a while now, too bad my Vibrant was handed over to the Wife

this is a good option for Verizon folks who dont want to have their data plan switched by using the "upgrade". This can soften the blow of having to pay retail price

Good if its broken but they'll only give me £280 for my mint condition 4s with 32GB whereas I can get £399 on eBay

cRuNcHiE said,
Good if its broken but they'll only give me £280 for my mint condition 4s with 32GB whereas I can get £399 on eBay

About $500 for a mint condition iPhone 4S 32GB here.

This is excellent from Apple. If I wasn't handing down my 4S to my sister, I would definately be taking up this fantastic offer!

This is excellent from Apple. If I wasn't handing down my 4S to my sister, I would definately be taking up this fantastic offer!

Anarkii said,
This is excellent from Apple. If I wasn't handing down my 4S to my sister, I would definately be taking up this fantastic offer!

Although I appreciate what Apple has done, but $345 for a used iPhone 4S 64GB is way way less, here (Pakistan) a used (64GB) one goes for about $475~550 depending on condition, and they sell like crazy!

Lol, 'lets get some 4S phones, and reuse the processor from them to cut down on paying samsung for them!'
Joking but still came to mind