Apple extends the expiration date of its 'limited time' iPhone XR and XS trade-in deals again

Apple extends the expiration date of its 'limited time' iPhone XR and XS trade-in deals again

While the iPhone XR and XS are still technically available for starting prices of $749 and $999 respectively in the US, Apple has been aggressively promoting its "limited time" trade-in program allowing buyers to pay as little as $449 and $699 for the two new handsets when giving up a 7 Plus in full working condition.

Kicked off more than two months ago, the official Apple Store deals are likely to last at least until March 25 around the world. The revised expiration date is currently listed in China only, as noticed by 9To5Mac earlier today, extending a deadline previously set for the end of February. In turn, that was an extension of an original expiration date of January 31, which first surfaced in Japan, rapidly spreading to other markets.

Although Apple's Japanese e-store continues to list February 28 as the cutoff date of the trade-in arrangement, we're expecting that to change any minute now. Granted, the company's mobile devices are performing particularly poorly in the world's largest smartphone market, but it seems unlikely that China will be given preferential treatment after Apple already cut some prices to try to better compete against local heroes.

Bottom line, there's a very good chance these "limited time" promotions will be offered for at least four months in total across global territories. Then again, the program's terms and conditions lack a specific expiration date in many countries, including the US, so don't act shocked if Apple decides to halt all trade-in deals with little to no notice.

Keep in mind that you can save even more on a new iPhone XS, XS Max, or iPhone XR than the $300 widely advertised as the trade-in value of an iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone X, for instance, is worth a whopping $500 towards the purchase of a 2018 variant, while a qualifying iPhone 8 Plus trade-in can net you a cool $370 discount.

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20 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7458; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Come on everyone, hurry up and give us your iPhone 7 plus and you only pay $449 to get an iPhone XR. Isn't that a great deal? Just because the XR only has a single camera and no zoom camera that was found on your iPhone 7 plus. Doesn't mean we are getting value. I mean you are getting great value. The display on the XR is worse than the iPhone 7 plus, which doesn't mean anything. The XR only has a HD+ resolution compared to full HD which you just gave up. There is a bite mark on the lower resolution XR display or a notch. No home button, no finger print scanner (no TouchID), no 3D touch, all of which is missing on your new iPhone XR that you just paid us to take your iPhone 7 away. It's all good, right? Don't worry we will take your iPhone 7 and refurbish it, and make more money again from selling it to the next sucker, I mean customer. You enjoy your overpriced XR now. Have a nice day.

3. Vancetastic

Posts: 1614; Member since: May 17, 2017

Do you lay awake at night thinking about this? Just don’t buy one!

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7458; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's true though. You get the same amount of ram and storage as the iPhone 7 plus. You get a lower resolution display, and lower pixel density with the XR. Only one camera instead of two rear cameras. You get no TouchID, or home button. You are forced to use gestures. And you have no 3D touch. All these things are facts. Oh, I forgot it costs more and you are getting less. Are you that dense to actually believe that Apple claims that this is a 'limited time' deal. This is just a joke, or Apple hopes to lure the gullible in this so call deal. If you cannot see that this isn't a deal. Then there really is no hope for you Vancetastic.

8. Vancetastic

Posts: 1614; Member since: May 17, 2017

I just want to know why it bothers you so much.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Because he sees Injustice and speaks against it to maybe save someone from making a bad choice. It's human nature to help your fellow man avoid bad decisions.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1614; Member since: May 17, 2017

Seriously?

17. Ikechukwu

Posts: 257; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

why does what he says bother you?

20. Vancetastic

Posts: 1614; Member since: May 17, 2017

It doesn’t bother me. I don’t think the XR is a good deal either. It’s the ranting, obsessed tone of the posts. Weird, to me.

22. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Well...since you put it that way, I guess he's our hero. Keeping us safe and out of harm's way lol!! /s

14. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Isn't that what this site is for, to give your thoughts on things. Besides, the more clicks for PA the more they make. Oh, and thats rather he is right or wrong, thats his opinion.

19. Vancetastic

Posts: 1614; Member since: May 17, 2017

He’s free to have and express opinions, of course. I just wonder why he posts these long rants on EVERY Apple article...seems like an obsession to me. It’s like midan constantly telling us that Samsung is in big trouble...dude...we get it!

7. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

@Sgodsell, I am not a huge fan of the XR personally but your post does not talk about many things. Touch Id- Replaced by face ID Camera - XR has an overall better front and back camera (I say overall) Display - bigger screen vs full HD. Now I could not make out the difference in clarity between these 2 specific iPhones. This could be because of the overall better quality of XR screens. 3D Touch- its sad this went but software based 3D touch is not that bad. Now lets talk about the positive points you missed out: - Dual sim which means a lot to few folks. - bigger battery with better battery utilization. - A12 vs A10 - 64GB base storage vs 32GB. This is enough for some ppl. - Better LTE connectivity. - And do not forget wireless charging. These are some of the most important things from the top of my head. Considering the fact that folks are ready to sell their 7 or 7Plus for $300-$400 in open market. I would say Apples offer is not a bad choice for many iPhone users looking to upgrade.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7458; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sure FaceID had to replace TouchID, because it was removed completely. However look at all the latest rumors in regards to Apple looking to bring back TouchID or finger print scanners. Not to mention the patent that Apple filed for an under the display scanner. You know, like the ones that are already found on some Android smartphones. You have to ask yourself if FaceID is so great, then why look at bringing back any finger print scanners, period. Camera is slightly better in some ways, yes that is true. However there is no zoom on the XR. "Now I could not make out the difference in clarity between these 2 specific iPhones. This could be because of the overall better quality of XR screens.". Why did Apple put higher resolution displays on the X, XS, and XS Max, and all their plus models, especially if nobody can see any difference? Please don't be stupid, unless that is what you are shooting for. As far as better LTE, that is definitely debatable. The rest I will give you. But as you can see it's definitely not much of a so called upgrade, and in many areas it is a downgrade. Especially what you have to pay for this so call 'limited deal'. What ever happened to that crap about great resale value for your iPhones?

13. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

"why look at bringing back any finger print scanners" - Lots of companies patent many things which they might or might not use ever. I said it was a replacement, not a great improvement in the first place.You talked as if there was no replacement at all. "Why did Apple put higher resolution displays on the X, XS, and XS Max" - If you read what I wrote. I said "between these 2 specific phones". you are comparing wrong phones by talking about the X. " in many areas it is a downgrade" - very subjective answer. I just gave all the reasons why people might want to upgrade as well. "What ever happened to that crap about great resale value for your iPhones?" - Brand new iPhone 7 is $450 in Apple store and out of market price is around $350. This is amazing resale value. If you think a 3 year old used phone being sold for only $100 less in open market is bad resale value, it is just your hatred talking at this point.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7458; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's over 2 years old, and not 3 years old to be more specific. If you really want to get technical, then it's 2 years and 5 months old now. You actually have the nerve and gall to call this an Amazing deal. You must work for Apple.

23. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Wow look at you getting into technicalities and totally evading my statement. If the phone is available at Apple brand new for $450. Then $350 in used after market is a great deal. This applies to any phone "any brand". "I would say Apples offer is not a bad choice for many iPhone users looking to upgrade." - These were my exact words. When did I say it was an Amazing deal. The fact that you cannot stand for a meaningful argument and are twisting words never said shows your hatred clearly. Oh and also I opened my first comment by saying I am not a huge fan of the XR. "You must work for Apple." - I really wish I could one day work for Apple or Google. My friends who work there cannot stop telling me how much they love their work and pay :)

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7458; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I evade, holy moly you evade the whole truth that you are getting less with the iPhone XR when you trade in your iPhone 7 plus. It's not a good deal, period. Besides what about the stuff about iPhones last longer, and you get 5 years out of them. Well here the iPhone 7 plus isn't even half way through its 5 years. Yet Apple and you pretend to say that this is a great deal. Maybe customers can wait longer since Apple's software hasn't changed much. Who knows maybe Apple will find another method of trying to get customers to upgrade sooner. Maybe Apple can find another method of shortening a customers iPhone lifespan by adding some other so called software enhancement to save battery life. ;-)

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

^^ Someone is bitter this morning ^^ lol.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

like i said before... if it's all the time this is not a deal

5. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

High price tag getting backfire. Come on Apple, want to shell out more money, show us your iphone killer innovation. Something will make us leave our iphone in the draw not the same grid icons.

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