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Apple brings official iPhone trade-ins to Italy; Australia due soon

updated 09:14 am EDT, Mon June 30, 2014

Program could reach Australia as soon as this week

Apple's official iPhone trade-in program has been expanded into Italy, reports say. While the company's local retail webpages have yet to make reference, the program is being advertised within the Apple Store iPhone app. During a trade-in, people can use an older iPhone -- going as far back as the 3G -- as credit toward the purchase of any current model.

A source meanwhile claims that Apple has been training Australian retail workers on the program, and could be ready to launch there as soon as this week. iPhone trade-ins are still limited to a relatively small group of countries, including the US, Canada, Spain, Germany, France, and the UK. iPad trade-ins are also available in those regions, but Apple isn't advertising the option in Italy yet.





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  1. Inkling

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    Joined: 07-25-06

    Would someone in the media (i.e. Macnn) have the curiosity find out what happens to these trade-ins? In country after country Apple is adding these programs but I never see a squeak about what happens to those traded-in phones. If they're sold again, there should be a lively market in them, perhaps with an Apple refurbished label. My hunch is that they're being 'recycled' into pop cans to dry up the market for used iPhones and force people to buy new ones. That's far from ecological as is pointed out here: http://ifixit.org

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