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Apple to ignore liquid damage indicator when valuing an iPhone for a trade-in?

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Apple to ignore liquid damage indicator when valuing an iPhone for a trade-in?
In a move that seems decidedly un Apple-like, starting this week the Cupertino based tech titan will start ignoring the liquid damage indicator when determining the value of an Apple iPhone for a trade-in. This bit of news comes from anonymous employees who work for Apple's retail division, which means it remains speculation. Before this alleged change, had a trade-in showed water or other liquid damage based on the indicator, the phone would have been considered absolutely worthless as a trade.

Apple still won't let a waterlogged phone be included as a part of a trade-in. While phones that have had their indicator tripped by a small amount of humidity or moisture will be valued as part of a trade, evidence of water in the phone's display, or corrosion in the ports will automatically give the phone no trade-in value. Still, this is an improvement from August when Apple started the program in the U.S.and U.K.

The new looser restrictions against water-damaged handsets will apply to Apple iPhone units involved in trades in the U.S. and U.K.

Apple will no-longer consider the liquid damage indicator when valuing a trade-in

Apple will no-longer consider the liquid damage indicator when valuing a trade-in


source: 9to5Mac via MacRumors

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posted on 18 Nov 2013, 22:30 2

1. xtroid2k (Posts: 323; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


makes sense I personally feel its time to update this age old technology.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 22:40 2

2. Sauce (unregistered)


Makes troll sense troll i troll personally troll feel troll its troll time troll to troll update troll this troll age troll old troll technology troll.

There. Fixed .

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 22:51

3. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


Don't Sensitive, What He Say Is Reality :)

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 22:56 1

4. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


There butthurt. Fixed butthurt.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:13

14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6125; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Don't think Apple will even update this old technology they don't EVEN support MICRO USB.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 23:03 1

5. taikucing (unregistered)


makes sense. the fruit company uses the cheapest material that's why it's sensitive to a small amount of humidity. corrosion WTF!? Use gold plating like PC motherboard!

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 00:26

7. dspkblympkbl (Posts: 46; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Lmao, here's what I read: "Like a PC, mother*****!"

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 23:11

6. darkskoliro (Posts: 935; Member since: 07 May 2012)


what it should have been, considering that a person who has never even put their iphone near water will have their indicator fire up.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 01:36 1

8. xtroid2k (Posts: 323; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


wow ok since my comment was misunderstood I will elaborate. To me it makes sense to really look at each phone on a case by case basis. so basically this program gives the technician more flexability when examining the device. How many times has your phone been exposed to elements that would.cause the indicator to go off however true water damage has not occur ed and your screwed out of a device warranty cause some cheesy sticker smeared. Now this means if a tech sees that he or she can lok for other sighns of water damage etc.

And as far as being a troll. I get whatever product works for me. I owned an ipod touch and regular back in 2010 but thats it. only Windows Mobile, Anfroid, BlackBerry OS, and Windows phone have ever come through my house interms of mobile communications. So I dont troll and if I dont like apple who cares, its my hard earned money.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 05:51

9. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I wonder if apple will be reselling these water damaged phones. That would make this new policy a decidedly apple like move. Phones out of the box with scuffs and, now, water damage.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 06:14 3

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 10095; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Typical unintelligent fandroid comment. Grow up dude, or at least get some new intelligent material.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 11:41

12. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Hmmmmm???

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 11:44

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 10095; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Make sure you reply with that every time I post lol. Troll...

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 07:29

11. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I'd lean a lot more towards Samsung getting higher customer satisfaction ratings pushed Apple to be more generous in this approach.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 17:30

15. rusticguy (Posts: 2818; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Or this is to ensure that they are able to show good sales numbers. After all they have to keep selling to the same flock over and over again as high end smartphone market is barely 2% growth i think.

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