Apple Store iPhone Trade-In Program Launching Today


A new initiative by the name of “iPhone Reuse and Recycle Program” has been officially launched by Apple this morning, allowing owners of older and current generation iPhone devices to trade in their hardware for credit toward a new iPhone purchase. 9to5Mac has acquired a screenshot–seen above–of a training email released to Apple Store employees, but confirmation comes via a tweet posted by CNBC.

The details of the program are as follows:

  • The process can occur in-store only (at a genius bar or on-floor).
  • Currently applicable devices include┬áiPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5.
  • The new device must be purchased within the same transaction and must be activated before leaving the store.
  • The traded-in device will be shipped to BrightStar for recycling.
  • Value will be determined based on “screen quality, overall hardware quality, button quality, and based off the device having or not having liquid damage.”
  • While values will fluctuate, 9to5Mac claims to be hearing “$250-$253 value” for a good condition 16 GB iPhone 5 in “good condition.”


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