Report: Apple already piloting iPhone trade-in program in some stores

If you are an owner of an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or iPhone 5, and if you live near an Apple Store location in the U.S. there may soon be an easier way to trade in your phone for a newer model or the upcoming iPhone 5S (assuming you even want to part with the phone in the first place).

According to a report on TechCrunch, Apple has already launched a pilot iPhone trade-in program in some of its stores. The article claims that the pilot program has allowed some iPhone owners to trade in their older products for newer models for the past several weeks. Apple has yet to officially announce this program, but the story claims it could launch in other stores sometime in September.

People who have already participated in the trade-in program state that Apple is offering between $120 to $200 for the 16 GB iPhone 4 and 4S versions. The 16 GB iPhone 5 has a lot more value with the story claiming Apple is offering $250 for one in good condition. That credit is used to help pay for a new device. If there is credit left over, it's put on a gift card.

The older devices are apparently not resold at that same store but are shipped to other locations, with the article speculating that they are sent to emerging markets where they are refurbished and put on sale, presumably at lower prices.

Source: TechCrunch | Image via Apple

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It would be nice if they had a crossgrade trade-in option. Trade in an Android phone for credit towards the 5S. That would be a good marketing tactic if they could afford it. Don't get me wrong though, I am pro-Android and love my N7 and N4 but I've also owned every iPhone and I am interested in what the device brings to the table not to mention iOS.

patseguin said,
It would be nice if they had a crossgrade trade-in option. Trade in an Android phone for credit towards the 5S. That would be a good marketing tactic if they could afford it. Don't get me wrong though, I am pro-Android and love my N7 and N4 but I've also owned every iPhone and I am interested in what the device brings to the table not to mention iOS.


That would essentially be one of those "trade in you old TV for $100 credit towards a new one" type of deals.

Apple dont want junk Android phones that they can't resell, they want useable iPhones that work and can be refurbed and used in other markets.

One reason I always stay with my trusty iPhones, resale value. I can sell a two year old iPhone for over $400. When I can sell a Windows Phone for that much after 2 years, someone PM me.

And I think I'll also have to stay away from Apple Trade In Program. It sounds nice but I think I can get more from my iPhones by doing a private sale.

There is no way that Apple is going to flood the market with cheap refurbished iPhone 4's,4s's, and 5's. You're right, they'll either ship these to emerging markets or destroy them.

If true it would be a nice way to avoid the risk involved with eBay or the "we'll buy you mobile for cash" sites.

The latter, at least in the UK seem to find any excuse not to pay the rate they agree after they have received the phone. I read a forum post on another forum just last week where the company only offered half of what was initially agreed. The reason?

The phone was still passcode locked.

Even if Apple were offering a little below market rates it would still seem to be the best option.