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Apple's in-house iPhone recycling scheme on the horizon

Monday, September 2, 2013 - 09:54:40

Earlier this year it was suggested that Apple would be launching its own mobile phone recycling scheme, offering to buy old iPhones from customers who want to upgrade to the latest model.

Now further reports have emerged which hint at the possibility of the service launching at some point in September, according to MacRumours.

Customers will be able to visit Apple's high street stores and trade in their old phone, earning up to 160 in the process, which will be offset against the cost of the new device.

This top-end offer is for the iPhone 5, with older handsets netting between 77 and 129, according to TechCrunch.

Staff are apparently being trained in how the scheme will work at the moment and more should become clear later this month when Apple launches the next iPhone.

Of course, it is worth remembering that many customers will actually be able to make more money from their old iPhone if they sell it online to a third party recycling firm.

Apple's offers do not seem that competitive, particularly since many people will have spent over 500 to acquire their iPhone.

Apple has a history of offering to recycle older products, but at the moment it only accepts iPod exchanges and gives users a paltry 10 per cent discount on their next purchase.

This recycling scheme may initially be launched in the US, but could come to the UK if it proves to be popular.

Part of the appeal of Apple's initiative is that users can trade in their old phone immediately, rather than having to ship it off somewhere. This might encourage people to upgrade in-store more than they do online or through a network provider, but the full impact of the scheme will not be apparent for some time.




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