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Apple to Accept iPhone Trade-Ins at Stores

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Aug 30, 2013, 10:14 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple today confirmed the launch of a trade-in program that will be available at its retail stores. iPhone owners will be able to take their functioning iPhone to an Apple Store and trade it in toward the purchase of a new iPhone. "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," said an Apple spokesperson. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple will award up to $280 for old iPhones that are swapped for new ones. However, in order to buy a new iPhone customers will have to sign a new contract with a wireless network operator. The program gets under way today, according to CNBC.

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Aug 31, 2013, 9:21 AM

Verizon Edge/AT&T Next/T-Mobile Jump?

Will Apple/Best Buy/Walmart/etc be offering Verizon Edge, AT&T Next, or T-Mobile Jump at their stores? I haven't seen any news about whether this will be available at other stores other than corporate-owned carrier stores.
ATT Next has to be done through ATT Customer Care or ATT COR so I know they can't for ATT, I'm not sure about the other carriers, but I doubt it.
I'd presume each of these programs would need to go in their brick and mortar stores. 3rd party locations would be unable to assist with that.
Why would anybody want to offer such bad programs.
And why would anybody want such bad programs?

Aug 30, 2013, 10:51 AM

What's with all the trade-in programs?

Have people never heard of Craigslist or eBay?
With a trade-in program you generally receive less money, but the service is fast and convenient. When people trade in phones at my place of work, we issue them a gift card and then use that gift card for the purchase of their new phone. It allows the...
I tried it twice, got nothing but lames trying to trade tattoos and a bunch of crap when I was clearly demanding cash for the phone. Went on eBay and sold it within 5 minutes. IMO, screw craigslist.
Craiglist can be dangerous.

My friend's buddy was shot in the leg in BROAD DAYLIGHT at a Starbucks over a cell phone transaction.

He used to be deep into the buy and sell cell phone business, but not anymore.
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