Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Apple Said to Be Prepping New Trade-In Program on Eve of iPhone 5S Launch

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Apple Said to Be Prepping New Trade-In Program on Eve of iPhone 5S Launch

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September is likely to see the unveiling of a pair of new Apple smart phones: An iPhone 5S flagship device and a cheaper model iPhone 5C for budget-minded customers. It now seems like Apple is also planning to unveil a new trade-in program for older Apple models, such as the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, according to a new report published on Monday.

Apple has already begun a beta trade-in test, and will begin training employees in the program over the next week, according to the report in 9 to 5 Mac that cites anonymous sources inside the company.

"[A] couple of Apple Stores in the Dallas, Texas area have internally tested procedures for the trade-in program," reports Mark Gurman of 9 to 5 Mac. "In addition to this week's training, deliveries of empty shipping boxes have arrived at Apple Stores. These boxes will be used for Apple Stores to ship traded-in handsets. It is plausible that these devices will be refurbished and re-sold in emerging markets."

It's unclear exactly how much money consumers would receive for their old phones, but assuming that the devices will be re-used - rather than shuttled off to the recycling heap - we'd wager on a credit of between 25 and 100 bucks for each handset. …

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