Apple Stores now accept non-iPhone handsets as a trade toward the purchase of certain iPhone models

Apple Stores now accept non-iPhone handsets as a trade toward the purchase of certain iPhone models
Earlier this month, we told you that Apple was working on a way to allow consumers to trade in phones made by rival manufacturers, and use the proceeds of such a trade toward the purchase of a new iPhone. This morning, we can tell you that Apple has completed the training of its personnel, and is launching the program today.

Certain Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry handsets can be used as a trade-in toward the purchase of an Apple iPhone 5c, Apple iPhone 6 or Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The Apple Watch cannot be purchased with this plan. The devices being accepted by Apple include models like the BlackBerry Z30, Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Nexus 5.  Your trade will now be accepted at Apple Stores located in the U.S., France, U.K. and Italy.

Apple started its trade-in plan back in 2013 in an attempt to drive more sales of the Apple iPhone 5. At the time, the plan only accepted the trade-in of older iPhone models. A version of that older plan is starting today in China.

If you do happen to live in one of the countries where Apple will accept your non-iOS trade, the good news is that instead of collecting dust in your sock drawer, your old handset might be able to put a new iPhone in your pocket.

source: 9to5Mac via Engadget

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20 Comments

1. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I garantee that Apple is planning a lot of trade Ins because of the Apple watch!

3. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I don't think a trade in can be used to purchase a Watch.

18. thxultra

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

True but you can trade it in for a iphone which you need to use the apple watch...

25. waddup121 unregistered

I'll trade in my Apple Watch I got from China, they won't know~

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I guarantee you're wrong. Second paragraph, second sentence. "The Apple Watch cannot be purchased with this plan." RIF, reading is fundamental.

23. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I think he's saying they are trying to drive more iphone sales, and thus increase the pool of potential Watch buyers in the process.

26. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Then he should've just said that. Even if someone were to switch to an iPhone, it doesn't necessarily mean that they will go for the watch as well. Considering the amount of planned watches being manufactured, they seem to realize that not every current iPhone user is going to go for a watch, so it's kinda ridiculous for him or them to assume that an iPhone sale will translate to a watch sale as well.

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I bet instead of recycling them they ritualistically burn them as an offering to their fallen savior Jobs...

16. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Actually, they're going to recycle those useless android phones that are still stuck on jellybean/kitkat..

20. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Thats a funny statement hence were tlaking about iPhone. Talk about useless. LOL. Unless you need a OK MP3 player.

28. srgonu

Posts: 522; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

We're they doing the same earlier with useless traded in iPhones?

4. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

that's actually a smart way of stacking 1080p displays for the upcoming iphone 9.

12. seven7dust unregistered

Don't think it's gonna happen. it's after all a 4.7" screen how many pixels do we need ?

5. blingblingthing

Posts: 912; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

They'll be using the trade-ins as upgrades for themselves I'm sure.

6. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Funny how they feel this will affect Samsung

15. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I don't believe too many people would do that.

17. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Prob, next year they will sell the thus collected phones as 7 or 7+. What say?

19. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

iPhone 4S for a Samsung S6!!!!!

24. samsboy unregistered

Well, that is the beginning of their downfall, very soon they will start selling android phones in their apple stores.

27. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Just wondering what the trade in value would be on a Nexus 5...

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