Apple has launched its Reuse and Recycling Programme - an iPhone trade-in service that launched in the US in August - here in the UK.
Reports last week that claimed the iPhone trade-in service was about to launch in the UK proved to be true, as Apple rolled out the programme to its UK retail stores on Monday. Customers can now trade-in their iPhone in exchange for a discount on their purchase of a new iPhone.
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How does the iPhone trade-in programme work?
The service allows customers to go into an Apple Retail Store with their old iPhone, which staff will look over and give a trade-in price for. This price is based on the condition of the hardware and the model of iPhone. Customers can then get that value subtracted from the price of a new iPhone should they decide to trade-in.
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"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 told Pocket Lint. "In addition to helping support the environment, customers will be able to receive credit for their returned phone that they can use toward the purchase of a new iPhone."
How much will Apple give me for my old iPhone?
You can get a reasonable amount of money off a new iPhone by using the service. You can find out an estimate from Dataserv, the company that operates the trade-in programme, by visiting Apple's website before you go to the store.
The older the phone, the less money you'll get, of course. Plus, if there's any damage, that'll significantly reduce the price you'll get for it.
To give you an idea, an iPhone 3GS 32GB in good condition can get you £30, but if there's anything wrong with it (if the screen is scratched or something isn't working quite right) it'll take a chunk of money off. If the screen's broken, you'll get £19.50, but if somethin else is wrong you're looking at as little as £4.50.
For a newer iPhone like the iPhone 5, you're looking at much bigger figures. A 32GB iPhone 5 in good condition can get you £230, but if the screen is broken you'll get around £150, and if something else doesn't work you're looking at as little as £34.50.
That's not much different to other trade-in services. Carphone Warehouse, for example, offers up to £232.75 for a 32GB iPhone 5, and offers £27.55 for a 32GB iPhone 3GS.
If you're happy to sell your iPhone on eBay, you'll probably get more for it, though. We've seen used 32GB iPhone 3GS models fetching up to £60. As for iPhone 5s, you'll probably be able to get £300. If it's faulty, you can sell it on eBay for significantly more than Apple offers, too.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the trade-in program aims to boost iPhone sales in its retail stores.