uk_iphone_store_recyclingAfter officially launching the U.S. version of the program in late August, Apple has officially confirmed that it is launching its iPhone trade-in program today at its UK retail stores, reports Pocket-lint.

"iPhones hold great value. So, Apple Retail Stores in the UK are launching a new program to assist customers who wish to bring in their previous-generation iPhone for reuse or recycling," an Apple spokesperson has said. "In addition to helping support the environment, customers will be able to receive a credit for their returned phone that they can use toward the purchase of a new iPhone."

Under the program, users can receive a gift card in exchange for their older devices, although the gift card must immediately be used toward the purchase of a new iPhone.

Customers may also get quotes from Apple for a similar trade-in program online that launched nearly two years ago, with the option of shipping a device for recycling available as well. In the United States, the online and in-store programs are run by different third-party companies, and the same may be true in the UK, meaning that consumers may want to check both programs to determine any differences in trade-in value. Separate trade-in services may also offer greater value, although Apple's in-store program offers the convenience of an immediate no-hassle credit against the purchase of a new device.

Top Rated Comments

keysofanxiety Avatar
112 months ago
Why do I always get the feeling consumers are getting shafted by Apple? I used to feel a certain amount of pride using Apple products; they were a joy, especially off the back of coming from a Windows environment.

Maybe I've fallen out-of-love, maybe my eyes are finally opened, or maybe my empty bank balance is telling me something ... everything's just priced too damn high, often unreasonably so. They don't need to price everything at such a premium, and this trade-in shows just what their mentality is like. £175 for a 64GB iPhone 5? They have to be joking.

I can't see the value anymore, and as much as I hate to admit it, iOS 7 is sloppy. Really sloppy. Sloppy animations, sloppy performance, and Siri is far too unreliable (I can't take any requests at the moment) from a £600 product. I don't feel like I'm using a premium product, I feel like I'm using a self-indulgent GUI from Jony Ive's nutsack.
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Freida Avatar
112 months ago
you can get almost twice as much from other companies :)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jpn369 Avatar
112 months ago
Anybody ever part exchanged their old car? This is exactly the same. The garage offer you less than its worth because they will want to sell it for a profit. You trade in because it's less hassle than selling privately or even keeping 2 cars road legal for a few weeks (tax, insurance etc). You all know the garage never give you the best deal.
Apple are doing the same. You don't have to take the offer. It's their for people who don't want to (or can't be bothered) to use other means. Take it or leave it. I know what I'll be doing when the iPhone 6 comes out.

Yes I have part exchanged my old car, but the deal if I part exed my current car I would get around £5255, if I sold it privately I would get around £5000-£5850 (source:Parkers Used Car Guide) If I exchanged my iPhone 4s 16gb I would be offered around £15. I sold it on Ebay for £180.
Apple are more like webuyanycar.com who would give me £3345 for my minimum £5k car.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JaySoul Avatar
112 months ago
So I've got a 32gb iPhone 5 and after a year, it's not worth over £175 to Apple?

Then why do they expect us to pay so much in the first place?

EDIT:

I just went to official website and entered all the details, and was offered £230.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Obi Wan Kenobi Avatar
112 months ago
iPhone 4 32GB Black - excellent condition

Price offered by Apple/Dataserv £36.75?

You have to be kidding me! These trade in prices are ridiculous.


I would have thought Apple would have offered more realistic / competitive prices. These phones can show Apple real-life wear and tear after 2-3 years of use (ie the full product life-span). This data should help them design more robust and reliable devices in future.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sn Avatar
112 months ago
It's laughable!! I don't need a new iPhone, but I was going to get one for my mother. Her old iPhone 3G is, well, old..
So I filled in the details to see what it's worth as a trade in..

£3.75!! lol :rolleyes:
(Thats about $5 to you Merkins)

Ok, it's getting on a bit. But it works! £3.75?? Really?? I'd rather blend it for that money.

Yeah, it's a bit of a p*ss take. I got a quote on the apple website for my iphone 4 which has a hairline crack on the rear glass... £6.50!??!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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