Lots of folks trading in old iPhones ahead of iPhone 5 launch

When the iPhone 4S launched in October 2011, many people who had already bought an iPhone 4 decided not to jump in and buy the new version of Apple's iOS smartphone. Basically, they felt that the iPhone 4S wasn't as much of an evolution in terms of the hardware compared to earlier versions.

Now, it looks like all those rumors of a redesign for the iPhone 5, including a larger screen and possible LTE support, is finally giving people an excuse to ditch the iPhone 4. USA Today reports that online electronics price quote company NextWorth has seen lots of people checking out quotes for their older iPhones in hopes of trading them in for a new iPhone 5.

According to NextWorth, the number of quotes created by old iPhone owners on their website went up a whopping 610 percent from August 17th to September 6th, compared to the same three weeks before the launch of the iPhone 4S in October. About half of those iPhone trades are for the iPhone 4, but 20 percent are for the newer iPhone 4S.

Yet another online electronics product quote site, Gazelle, also reports higher than normal activity from iPhone owners in the past few weeks but specifics were not announced. However, it definitely feels there is going to be a large demand for the iPhone 5 from older iPhone owners.

Source: USA Today | Image via Apple

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technikal said,

Thought iPhone/apple users were a more sophisticated and affluent crowd?

They are, but only at getting ripped off by Apple.

It's an evolution from the 4s, higher screen (16:9 4"), LTE (see if they match the Nokia 920/820 pentaband LTE support), iOS 6 and a new all digital connector. It'll be thinner because it's higher, same volume. new camera but same pixelcount. Apple believes the width of the 4S is optimal so that won't change.

Don't see much more coming. But who knows. At least we'll know if Apple is able to keep the momentum and iCrowd rally going in the first major post-Jobs event. I see Apple stock drop to about 550 by this time tomorrow.

i have an older 3gs that has served me fine, as well as an older Optimus One that i hate very much. I am looking forward to "upgrading" to a used Iphone4 for cheap from the masses that will be upgrading. Good time too to pick up maybe a couple 3gs's for employees

rippleman said,
i have an older 3gs that has served me fine, as well as an older Optimus One that i hate very much. I am looking forward to "upgrading" to a used Iphone4 for cheap from the masses that will be upgrading. Good time too to pick up maybe a couple 3gs's for employees
not just get everyone an iPhone 4? Stop being cheap.

Dear god that thing is small. Was is really that tiny? Might as well have a Blackberry or a dumb phone with something that small.

Every time a new iPhone comes out I see the most retarded news stories and claims.

iPhone 5 will disrupt mobile industry, says analyst - CNet

"Rival phone makers, PC vendors, wireless carriers, and parts suppliers all stand to be affected by the shock wave created by the new phone."

Why the iPhone 5 launch will be the "biggest upgrade in consumer electronics history" - ZDNet

iPhone 5 will raise the GDP of America when it's released, JP Morgan - numerous news outlets

Seriously, wtf is wrong with people.....

Edited by KCRic, Sep 11 2012, 5:47pm :

KCRic said,
Dear god that thing is small. Was is really that tiny? Might as well have a Blackberry or a dumb phone with something that small.

Every time a new iPhone comes out I see the most retarded news stories and claims.

iPhone 5 will disrupt mobile industry, says analyst - CNet

"Rival phone makers, PC vendors, wireless carriers, and parts suppliers all stand to be affected by the shock wave created by the new phone."

Why the iPhone 5 launch will be the "biggest upgrade in consumer electronics history" - ZDNet

iPhone 5 will raise the GDP of America when it's released, JP Morgan - numerous news outlets

Seriously, wtf is wrong with people.....

You also get a free lifetime license to Club Smug with it

Hardcore Til I Die said,
In other news, president Obama is black and the sky is blue.

Talk about stating the obvious Neowin


The sky is not blue, anyway buy a windows phone ios is old news. Windows phones are the future give it a few months after windows 8 is released for real and your see a crap load of apps being developed.

Hardcore Til I Die said,
In other news, president Obama is black and the sky is blue.

Talk about stating the obvious Neowin

I thought he was mixed? And as stated already, the sky is not blue but this isn't a site for getting into detail about that one.

MrAnalysis said,


The sky is not blue, anyway buy a windows phone ios is old news. Windows phones are the future give it a few months after windows 8 is released for real and your see a crap load of apps being developed.

Only an utter nerd would say that the sky isn't blue

You don't have to own an Android phone to be a Android Fanboy. Just like you don't have to own any Apple products to be an Apple Fanboy.

But anyone with half a brain should own Apple Stocks. Anyone that refuses to do so because they hate the company is 100% an idiot. Their brand value WORKS! That's all that matters. And they don't make that bad of a product.

I will be ordering one ASAP! I've been stuck with this Samsung Focus for almost 2 years and really cant stand the thing. One of the most annoying features is the "back" button when surfing the surfing the internet. If I exit Internet Explorer and then resume later on, the back button takes you to a different app instead of the last page in Internet Explorer. Annoying as hell!

Because the iPhone 5 is the only device specifically that can fix this, eventhough people know almost nothing about it.................. UM WHAT?!?!?!?!?!

JHBrown said,
I will be ordering one ASAP! I've been stuck with this Samsung Focus for almost 2 years and really cant stand the thing. One of the most annoying features is the "back" button when surfing the surfing the internet. If I exit Internet Explorer and then resume later on, the back button takes you to a different app instead of the last page in Internet Explorer. Annoying as hell!
Your logic makes no sense. Second, maybe you shouldn't have bought a Focus or a Windows Phone for that matter (not commenting on W8).

So, you get no back button on the iPhone at all and no multitasking ability. How's that going to work for "going back a page"? You could just use the in-browser back button. Just a thought....

Dear Phone User,

You're infringing on the color white. We invented it. Prepared to be sued.

Love,

Apple.

FYI Kiddies, Apple has invented NONE of the products they sell. They've only stolen. They're have the creativity of a Quadriplegic with Downs Syndrome in a bathtub covered in peanut butter.

VoX said,
Dear Phone User,

You're infringing on the color white. We invented it. Prepared to be sued.

Love,

Apple.

FYI Kiddies, Apple has invented NONE of the products they sell. They've only stolen. They're have the creativity of a Quadriplegic with Downs Syndrome in a bathtub covered in peanut butter.

Time of the month? Or you one of the tin foil hat brigade with all the 'evidence' to back up your claim? Move on, seriously.

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