Apple rolls out US-based iPhone trade-in program, hopefully coming to Canada in the future

Daniel Bader

August 30, 2013 5:24pm

Apple today confirmed that they have begun a trade-in program for iPhone users in the United States, whereby current owners can bring in their devices for a nominal credit towards a new handset. With the impending launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C, it is a good time for such an effort, and shows that Apple is aiming to keep as many current customers as they can.

Apple has reportedly limited the amount a customer can receive for a used iPhone, and employees have the flexibility to offer varying amounts depending on the phone’s condition. All users must, according to an Apple representative, leave the store with a new contract, so this program does not apply to those wanting to trade up towards a device at full price. Though all iPhones, from 3G to 5, can be traded, users are unlikely to receive more than $300 for even the most impeccably-kept device.

We asked Apple Canada if this was coming to Canada and a rep said, “This is a US program only at this time. There is no announcement for Canada today.”

  • Daniel

    Wow, $300 for even the most impeccably kept device? And you have to go on a contract? worst deal ever

    • Plazmic Flame

      As I’ve said on past articles, trade-in programs do not usually equal a benefit for the consumer.

    • Fawoo

      Yeah it’s more of a convenience service.

    • Richard Xing

      I’m seeing $406 for an AT&T iPhone 5 64GB

    • Philosoraptor

      Why would you have to go on contract?
      Still, a horrible deal like all other trade-in programs.

    • Thomas

      I sold my Galaxy Nexus for $250 last week on Craigslist, that is terrible for what I could get on Craigslist or Kijiji

  • kijiji

    Why would I even use this as opposed to just selling my phone on kijiji…

    • Sukdis Knaatz

      Some people are under the impression that arranging a sale online is too much of a hassle, and meeting a stranger afterwards is unsafe. For the most part, I disagree. However, this program will have its clients, even if you and I think that it is an obvious ripoff.

    • FKnm

      Meet stranger in a public place is always safe. Set meeting at shopping mall, next to Apple store where they have many cameras and you will be safe. Bring you buddy, if it’s still not enough for you)