Apple's reuse and recycling program will give you $180 for your old 16GB iPhone 4
Sporting a starting on-contract price point of $199, the price of the iPhone 4S is at a comfortable position that we’re all familiar with by now. Naturally, if you’re considering picking it up, but don’t have the money right now to fork over, then you might want to check out Apple’s reuse and recycling program.
Well, if you happen to own the current iPhone 4, you can actually score at least $180 for your used 16GB black iPhone 4 – as long as it’s in good working condition obviously. Who knows exactly what’s the case surrounding it, but Apple is giving more money for the white version of the handset – it’s at an even $200. Essentially, you can pay close to nothing if you happen to trade your old unit and purchase the new one when it becomes available.
Sure it’s nice that you’re almost guaranteed the full amount, which can then go into the purchase of the iPhone 4S, but there are always alternative routes available to sell your old iPhone – like eBay or Craigslist where you can potentially score more dough for it. If you want something quick and easy, then go ahead and check out Apple’s offering.
2. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Beat me to it. Again, apple trying to rip people off.
3. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
i tried saying $210 for the att and $212 for the vzw haha
15. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2016; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Bullshiiit. I got $300 for my 16Gb iPhone 4:)
16. EvoHero (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 May 2011)
It's called depreciation. Wait another month and try to get even $150 for it.
4. gallitoking (Posts: 4700; Member since: 17 May 2011)
hmmm so new customer like me... will have to get it under contract.... lets see what ebay offers..
5. Shangri-La (Posts: 60; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)
So the new iPhony 4S is 20 dollars better than the old one.
Well, 19 to be exact.
11. bobnnate (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)
yup and since its almost identical they want the old parts because they are the same as the new parts lol
6. ElonSasson (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
whoever wrote this is an idiot, if u have the white iphone4 than u just signed a contract in the last couple of months ....therefore unless u have another ug on your account from another line than u have a 350 etf and wud need to purchase the 4s at full price....so, 200 less 649 is not close to/nothing its a diff of over 450 dollars if u have the black version on vzw than ur in the same boat only situation wud be if u have a.t. and kaka and wud still be under contract so either way u gonna pay something....????close to nothing what the hell are u talking about
10. Whateverman (Posts: 3235; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Trading in your phone doesn't mean you have to have an eft. If you are the primary on your account, some carriers allow you to upgrade once a year. So if you bought an iPhone 4 a year ago, you could be eligible to upgrade now. Trading in your old phone could almost pay for your new phone, depending on what GB your looking for. No other company is offering that kind of trading in value for their old devices. The question is how fair will they be when determining the condition and the value of your phone?
14. Vzw_employee (Posts: 42; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
Here at Verizon we offer $140 for cdma 16gb white or black, and $160 for gsm wht/blk , for 32gb you'll get $199 for cdma and $210 for gsm.
Verizon ended their annual upgrade on January 1st, which means that if you have an iphone you have to wait at least 20 months before able to upgrade at a subsidized price. or buy the phone at full price of $710 [$650 + $60 in tax] in CA
or cancel your line for around $350 depending how long you have been under contract, then open a new line.
Honestly I don't think that this iphone is worth it. bigger camera and bigger core, those are basically the only differences, the IOS 5 will be available for download on the 12th, just hold on to your current iphone and wait for the next one.
17. Whateverman (Posts: 3235; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I don't think it's worth it either, but that's just me.
7. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
I guess apple feels they should give something back....I think I'll sell mine on ebay.
12. ElonSasson (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
again? ur not trading in at the store u probably have to mail it in ...ie u have to ug again and then trade so like u said.."mr. Whatever" only a prime line with an early upgrade wud be eligable ...how do i know this well lets just say i work for the big boy on the block ....o yeah i work for big red....and some stores / companies do offer a trade in buy back program....but again the few people on a prime line who got their fones from att last year before oct might be able to do this but the big bulk of people are either going to waste another ug or pay a huge diff...s im sorry this article does not apply to the masses
13. Whateverman (Posts: 3235; Member since: 17 May 2009)
You're responding as if I attacked you or something. If that's how it came off, I sincerly apologize, for that wasn't my intention. Anyway, I am aware that this trade in program is offered by Apple themselves, so I realize your not trading your phone in a store. And you don't have to upgrade to get the new phone. Many people are more than happy to pay full retail for the iPhone 4S just to have the "Latest and greatest" of what Apple has to offer. That brings the price down from 649 to 449. So for those people, this article is still great news.
P.S. You'll find that there are many kinds of people who visit this site. Geeks, nerds, techies, and even people who work in many departments within every carrier in the US. I myself have worked for both T-Mobile and VZW in C/S and tech support for both. So be careful how fast you pull that trigger in here. Not everyone here is easily impressed.
18. ElonSasson (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
well, ill give u that...but i was attacking the article itself....as u may know from working at the carriers people read some of these articles and do not end up doing any research on their own the next thing i know i got people out the door trying to hand me an iphone 4 for an iphone s...i just meant to say that for most of the people who have the 4 it will be money out of pocket to get the 4s not just "almost nothing"
19. alex (unregistered)
If you recycle your stuff, then you could influence more people to follow your example by being more vocal about it. A way to let other people know about your recycling activities is to snap a picture of yourself while at work. Here's the application for doing just that.http://youtu.be/qxQn-00Rr7s