Apple’s iPhone trade-in program has made its way overseas and now is available for UK shoppers, says a report in The Guardian. The reuse and recycle option allows customers to trade-in their used electronics and receive up to £175 towards the purchase of a new iPhone. Apple has offered online trade-ins for three years but this is the first year they have opened up the in-store version of the program in the U.K.
An Apple spokesperson was quoted, “iPhones hold great value. So, Apple Retail Stores in the UK 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.” Consumers with Apple devices can go to an Apple store where an employee inspects the phone to make sure it is functional and examines it for flaws. Questions regarding the usage and condition of the device will also be asked to derive a suitable trade in price.
The initiative is called ‘Reuse and Recycle’ and also covers desktop and laptop computers from other manufacturers, although tablet and smartphone trade-ins are limited to Apple devices. However, you do have other choices for trading in or selling off your iPhone. One option would be to sell it on a website like Amazon or eBay, a popular avenue used by many. Several other companies do also offer trade in services. Carphone Warhouse, Asda and Mazuma Mobile are among the many that offer trade in services, often at much better prices than that of Apple.