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Apple's 'iPhone Reuse and Recycle Program' Gets Detailed

Apple's 'iPhone Reuse and Recycle Program' Gets Detailed

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New details have emerged about how Apple will operate its upcoming 'iPhone Reuse and Recycle Program'.

9to5Mac reports that Apple will begin rolling out the program Friday, August 30th. A larger scale rollout will commence in September.

Here's How It Works:
● A customer tells an Apple Store employee that he/she would like to purchase a new iPhone and trade-in his/her older model.
● The Apple Store representative enters information about the customer’s iPhone into an application installed on their mobile EasyPay devices. The EasyPay is normally the device that you will see Apple Store employees carrying around in order to facilitate purchases.
● Based on the information inputted into the EasyPay, a value for the old iPhone will be provided to the customer. The value will be created based on the following specifics about the old iPhone: Display quality, button quality, overall hardware damage, engraving, liquid damage, and being able to be powered on and used normally.
● The Apple Store employee will then tell the customer that his/her phone could not be given back once they agree to the provided terms and conditions.
● However, the customer will be given the opportunity to backup his/her iPhone before turning it in.
● The Apple Store employee will then provide the customer with their new iPhone, a gift card with the value amount to be paid towards the new iPhone, and a plastic bag.
● The Apple Store employee will then process the transaction for the new iPhone and place the old iPhone in the plastic bag.
● The old SIM card will be given to the customer and the Apple Store employee will offer to setup the new iPhone.

As reported by Bloomberg, it will be BrightStar that handles the traded in phones; however, it's said that the phones will not be sent overseas to emerging markets. Rather, they will be recycled for use in the U.S.A.

An unlocked undamaged iPhone 5 (16GB) will reportedly be worth about $279 on trade in. An AT&T iPhone 5 (16GB) would be worth about $255. This is less than one might get from a third party recycler like Gazelle who offers $330 for both those devices.

More details in the report linked below...

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Apple's 'iPhone Reuse and Recycle Program' Gets Detailed

Jack black - August 28, 2013 at 5:10pm
Best buy will give you 400 for iphone 5 64gb
LovemyiPhone5 - August 28, 2013 at 6:22am
LOL apple is offering so little for the phones it looks like a joke, someone would be really happy buying my unlocked iphone 5 32gb on craigslist
Hackfest - August 27, 2013 at 11:03pm
Sell it on Craigslist-you will do much better and it's cash....:)
PaulMOGG - August 27, 2013 at 10:46pm
Greater program it's a good move forward in recycling
Joseph Plaza - August 27, 2013 at 5:39pm
They don't care about the 4 because it's outdated. This is exclusive to people with NEW phones (not to sound mean) but phone companies GIVE iPhone 4's away: why would it be worth a dime even if it was in mint with everything? Sell it on eBay to someone who wants it for the boot rom exploit (that is if it has shsh blobs).