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(CBS News)   Realizing their phones cost as much as cars, Apple launches trade-in program   (cbsnews.com) divider line 55
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2013-08-28 01:14:35 PM  
Smart move. I've heard radio commercials recently pushing trade-ins sooner than contract renewal dates. If Apple offers it, they get to sell the refurbs on their website, and avoid the chance someone might switch to Android (I'm not sure how often that happens though).
 
2013-08-28 01:22:01 PM  
Umm, yeah, Subby, any good Android phone is going to end up costing the same as an iPhone  Certainly the latest and greatest models will
 
2013-08-28 01:38:50 PM  
my iPhone cost $199. how much does a new android cost?

oh and LOL ONE BUTTON MOUSE
 
2013-08-28 02:55:01 PM  

jake_lex: Umm, yeah, Subby, any good Android phone is going to end up costing the same as an iPhone  Certainly the latest and greatest models will

 
2013-08-28 02:56:14 PM  
I will happily buy your new $300 car.. Where do I pick it up?
 
2013-08-28 03:00:40 PM  

FlashHarry: my iPhone cost $199. how much does a new android cost?

oh and LOL ONE BUTTON MOUSE


Don't forget the carrier is charged several hundred million dollars for having that one phone. You think it's "just" 200? It's already factored into your outrageous monthly plan costs.
 
2013-08-28 03:00:56 PM  
I think this can only help to get more people interested in iPhones. With the new UI changes, the phone is better than ever, but unfortunately those old 4 and 4s models just aren't up to the task of supporting all the new features.

When a product is designed properly - when you don't have to adapt to the technology because it's already designed around you - you develop a connection with it. It becomes more to you than just a device. iOS 7 invites that kind of connection. Interactions are dynamic. Animations are cinematic. And the experience is lively and spirited in so many unexpected yet perfectly natural ways. Open the Weather app, for example, and you'll instantly understand. Hail bounces off text, and fog passes in front of it. Storm clouds come into view with a flash of lightning. And suddenly, checking the weather is like looking out a window.

You just aren't going to get that with an older iPhone, so having a trade-in program like this encourages people to get up to speed with Apple's latest and greatest devices. I'm looking forward to interacting with my fellow iPhone users as we wait to trade up.
 
2013-08-28 03:10:32 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I think this can only help to get more people interested in iPhones. With the new UI changes, the phone is better than ever, but unfortunately those old 4 and 4s models just aren't up to the task of supporting all the new features.

When a product is designed properly - when you don't have to adapt to the technology because it's already designed around you - you develop a connection with it. It becomes more to you than just a device. iOS 7 invites that kind of connection. Interactions are dynamic. Animations are cinematic. And the experience is lively and spirited in so many unexpected yet perfectly natural ways. Open the Weather app, for example, and you'll instantly understand. Hail bounces off text, and fog passes in front of it. Storm clouds come into view with a flash of lightning. And suddenly, checking the weather is like looking out a window.

You just aren't going to get that with an older iPhone, so having a trade-in program like this encourages people to get up to speed with Apple's latest and greatest devices. I'm looking forward to interacting with my fellow iPhone users as we wait to trade up.


That said my 4S is perfectly happy on ios7, I can imagine a 4 struggling horrendously.
 
2013-08-28 03:12:16 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Hail bounces off text, and fog passes in front of it. Storm clouds come into view with a flash of lightning. And suddenly, checking the weather is like looking out a window.


I don't know about apple, but my android phones have always had that feature.   (as/of 5 years ago)
 
2013-08-28 03:14:15 PM  
Wow, apple shills out in force.

As I always state I am a tech manager for the first carrier that carried the Iphone.

They are doing the doing the trade in program because not that many moons ago Apple started doing their own warranty support, so they need older iphones to use as warranty replacements.

If you have a warranty issue and you call Apple, they will put a $150 hold on a credit card to send you a replacement and will remove the hold once the other phone is in house and deemed not broken by the user.

Or you can take the phone in to the Genius bar if you have an apple store in your town and get it replaced.

And if you are an Apple fan, go to Walmart, they have the 5 for 120 bucks, and the 4s for 49.  But then again how many Apple users will deign to set foot in Walmart?
 
2013-08-28 03:14:25 PM  

moel: AverageAmericanGuy: I think this can only help to get more people interested in iPhones. With the new UI changes, the phone is better than ever, but unfortunately those old 4 and 4s models just aren't up to the task of supporting all the new features.

When a product is designed properly - when you don't have to adapt to the technology because it's already designed around you - you develop a connection with it. It becomes more to you than just a device. iOS 7 invites that kind of connection. Interactions are dynamic. Animations are cinematic. And the experience is lively and spirited in so many unexpected yet perfectly natural ways. Open the Weather app, for example, and you'll instantly understand. Hail bounces off text, and fog passes in front of it. Storm clouds come into view with a flash of lightning. And suddenly, checking the weather is like looking out a window.

You just aren't going to get that with an older iPhone, so having a trade-in program like this encourages people to get up to speed with Apple's latest and greatest devices. I'm looking forward to interacting with my fellow iPhone users as we wait to trade up.

That said my 4S is perfectly happy on ios7, I can imagine a 4 struggling horrendously.


I wouldn't know firsthand. My iPhone 5 seems to be okay with the latest beta.

I have a friend who uses an iPhone 4 to be ironic with nostalgia. I doubt he's upgraded to the betas yet, but he has mentioned that he doesn't use Facebook anymore because it isn't stable when taking pictures.
 
2013-08-28 03:14:41 PM  
This would have been nice pre-iPhone 5, but even if I get credit on the 1, 3G, and 4 that I have, I'll still have to buy $250 in extra accessories - cover, extra power & USB cables, etc. - because of that stupid new Lightning connector.
 
2013-08-28 03:15:58 PM  

FlashHarry: my iPhone cost $199. how much does a new android cost?

oh and LOL ONE BUTTON MOUSE


Try buying that without a contract discount and tell us how much it costs.
 
2013-08-28 03:17:14 PM  
Not sure this is really necessary, I've sold two used iPhones on Craigslist for ~$200 each without much hassle.
 
2013-08-28 03:19:16 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: but he has mentioned that he doesn't use Facebook anymore because it isn't stable when taking pictures.


You can take pictures with facebook?  Huh, learned something new (that I'll never use) every day!
 
2013-08-28 03:22:04 PM  

Lernaeus: This would have been nice pre-iPhone 5, but even if I get credit on the 1, 3G, and 4 that I have, I'll still have to buy $250 in extra accessories - cover, extra power & USB cables, etc. - because of that stupid new Lightning connector.


Seriously... Apple really should have stuck with the tried and true serial connector. I had to throw all of my old cables out when I got my first iPod!
 
2013-08-28 03:25:24 PM  
OceanVortex: I will happily buy your new $300 car.. Where do I pick it up?

The word "new" does not appear in the headline.

GIS for "dirt cheap car".
cdni.wired.co.uk
 
2013-08-28 03:27:15 PM  

Lernaeus: This would have been nice pre-iPhone 5, but even if I get credit on the 1, 3G, and 4 that I have, I'll still have to buy $250 in extra accessories - cover, extra power & USB cables, etc. - because of that stupid new Lightning connector.


I agree it sucks they don't use USB like the rest of the world, but you should look at aftermarket cables.
 
2013-08-28 03:29:57 PM  

Gig103: Lernaeus: This would have been nice pre-iPhone 5, but even if I get credit on the 1, 3G, and 4 that I have, I'll still have to buy $250 in extra accessories - cover, extra power & USB cables, etc. - because of that stupid new Lightning connector.

I agree it sucks they don't use USB like the rest of the world, but you should look at aftermarket cables.


Only if you're interested in lousy Chinese crap. Apple's products are built to the highest quality standards of any OEM manufacturer today. The cables are stronger and carry more data, faster, than any aftermarket cable.

Stick with the good stuff. It costs a bit more upfront, but it pays off in the long run.
 
2013-08-28 03:39:47 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I think this can only help to get more people interested in iPhones. With the new UI changes, the phone is better than ever, but unfortunately those old 4 and 4s models just aren't up to the task of supporting all the new features.

When a product is designed properly - when you don't have to adapt to the technology because it's already designed around you - you develop a connection with it. It becomes more to you than just a device. iOS 7 invites that kind of connection. Interactions are dynamic. Animations are cinematic. And the experience is lively and spirited in so many unexpected yet perfectly natural ways. Open the Weather app, for example, and you'll instantly understand. Hail bounces off text, and fog passes in front of it. Storm clouds come into view with a flash of lightning. And suddenly, checking the weather is like looking out a window.

You just aren't going to get that with an older iPhone, so having a trade-in program like this encourages people to get up to speed with Apple's latest and greatest devices. I'm looking forward to interacting with my fellow iPhone users as we wait to trade up.


Dude, I love my iPhone, but you sound like a straight up commercial.
 
2013-08-28 03:47:34 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Gig103: Lernaeus: This would have been nice pre-iPhone 5, but even if I get credit on the 1, 3G, and 4 that I have, I'll still have to buy $250 in extra accessories - cover, extra power & USB cables, etc. - because of that stupid new Lightning connector.

I agree it sucks they don't use USB like the rest of the world, but you should look at aftermarket cables.

Only if you're interested in lousy Chinese crap. Apple's products are built to the highest quality standards of any OEM manufacturer today. The cables are stronger and carry more data, faster, than any aftermarket cable.

Stick with the good stuff. It costs a bit more upfront, but it pays off in the long run.


The 1's and 0's are much fasterer in a white cable than in a black cable
 
2013-08-28 03:48:26 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I think this can only help to get more people interested in iPhones. With the new UI changes, the phone is better than ever, but unfortunately those old 4 and 4s models just aren't up to the task of supporting all the new features.

When a product is designed properly - when you don't have to adapt to the technology because it's already designed around you - you develop a connection with it. It becomes more to you than just a device. iOS 7 invites that kind of connection. Interactions are dynamic. Animations are cinematic. And the experience is lively and spirited in so many unexpected yet perfectly natural ways. Open the Weather app, for example, and you'll instantly understand. Hail bounces off text, and fog passes in front of it. Storm clouds come into view with a flash of lightning. And suddenly, checking the weather is like looking out a window.

You just aren't going to get that with an older iPhone, so having a trade-in program like this encourages people to get up to speed with Apple's latest and greatest devices. I'm looking forward to interacting with my fellow iPhone users as we wait to trade up.


I don't mean this as a dig if you're really that passionate about your phone because to each their own, but man, that sounds awful close to parody.
 
2013-08-28 03:52:05 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Gig103: Lernaeus: This would have been nice pre-iPhone 5, but even if I get credit on the 1, 3G, and 4 that I have, I'll still have to buy $250 in extra accessories - cover, extra power & USB cables, etc. - because of that stupid new Lightning connector.

I agree it sucks they don't use USB like the rest of the world, but you should look at aftermarket cables.

Only if you're interested in lousy Chinese crap. Apple's products are built to the highest quality standards of any OEM manufacturer today. The cables are stronger and carry more data, faster, than any aftermarket cable.

Stick with the good stuff. It costs a bit more upfront, but it pays off in the long run.


As someone who has to support them, they are not.  They just have users who when something goes wrong, blame everyone else but Apple.
 
2013-08-28 03:57:04 PM  
Samsung Galaxy S4 32Gb-$699
Apple iPhone 5 32Gb-$749
Yep, that is a massive price difference.
 
2013-08-28 03:59:49 PM  
Android phones(really Samsung as being dominate) offer so many more choices than the standard Apple reply of 'one model fits all'.

/Please upgrade your Apple phone in 8 months as the new model comes out with upgrades of of of of of of of of of of ??????????
//Upgrade processor and OS to get some more functions, otherwise why waste your cash every 8 months on trash.
 
2013-08-28 04:08:45 PM  

jake_lex: Umm, yeah, Subby, any good Android phone is going to end up costing the same as an iPhone  Certainly the latest and greatest models will


Yeah but an iPhone uses more electricity than Drew's beer fridge.
 
2013-08-28 04:12:12 PM  
They've had a trade-in program for their iPods for some time - in short, 10% off, working or not.
 
2013-08-28 04:23:36 PM  
Get the Apple cables, they are oxygen free and have a higher neutron destiny.
 
2013-08-28 04:34:29 PM  
Switched from Iphone 4s to Galaxy S$


The Iphone sucks and I loved my Iphone.
 
2013-08-28 04:35:05 PM  

mentallo69: Switched from Iphone 4s to Galaxy S


The Iphone sucks and I loved my Iphone.


ftfm
 
2013-08-28 04:50:27 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Gig103: Lernaeus: This would have been nice pre-iPhone 5, but even if I get credit on the 1, 3G, and 4 that I have, I'll still have to buy $250 in extra accessories - cover, extra power & USB cables, etc. - because of that stupid new Lightning connector.

I agree it sucks they don't use USB like the rest of the world, but you should look at aftermarket cables.

Only if you're interested in lousy Chinese crap. Apple's products are built to the highest quality standards of any OEM manufacturer today. The cables are stronger and carry more data, faster, than any aftermarket cable.

Stick with the good stuff. It costs a bit more upfront, but it pays off in the long run.


The ones from MonoPrice are Apple-certified and work well. Much cheaper than the real thing and available in other lengths.
 
2013-08-28 05:09:52 PM  
Y'all being trolled.
 
2013-08-28 05:42:24 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Gig103: Lernaeus: This would have been nice pre-iPhone 5, but even if I get credit on the 1, 3G, and 4 that I have, I'll still have to buy $250 in extra accessories - cover, extra power & USB cables, etc. - because of that stupid new Lightning connector.

I agree it sucks they don't use USB like the rest of the world, but you should look at aftermarket cables.

Only if you're interested in lousy Chinese crap. Apple's products are built to the highest quality standards of any OEM manufacturer today. The cables are stronger and carry more data, faster, than any aftermarket cable.

Stick with the good stuff. It costs a bit more upfront, but it pays off in the long run.



My GF's Apple brand charging cord looks like a rat has chewed on it, right around where the cord meets the plastic part that plugs into the phone, and it's only about 4 months old.
 
2013-08-28 06:21:14 PM  

sheep snorter: Android phones(really Samsung as being dominate) offer so many more choices than the standard Apple reply of 'one model fits all'.

/Please upgrade your Apple phone in 8 months as the new model comes out with upgrades of of of of of of of of of of ??????????
//Upgrade processor and OS to get some more functions, otherwise why waste your cash every 8 months on trash.


It hasn't been "one model fits all" for quite a while and they certainly don't come out every 8 months. Some prefer that to Samsung's "50 slightly different choices" model.
 
2013-08-28 06:43:34 PM  

fatalvenom: AverageAmericanGuy: Gig103: Lernaeus: This would have been nice pre-iPhone 5, but even if I get credit on the 1, 3G, and 4 that I have, I'll still have to buy $250 in extra accessories - cover, extra power & USB cables, etc. - because of that stupid new Lightning connector.

I agree it sucks they don't use USB like the rest of the world, but you should look at aftermarket cables.

Only if you're interested in lousy Chinese crap. Apple's products are built to the highest quality standards of any OEM manufacturer today. The cables are stronger and carry more data, faster, than any aftermarket cable.

Stick with the good stuff. It costs a bit more upfront, but it pays off in the long run.


My GF's Apple brand charging cord looks like a rat has chewed on it, right around where the cord meets the plastic part that plugs into the phone, and it's only about 4 months old.


That's about the lifetime of one of those cables. No biggie. The Apple Store stocks them.
 
2013-08-28 07:13:02 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: fatalvenom: AverageAmericanGuy: Gig103: Lernaeus: This would have been nice pre-iPhone 5, but even if I get credit on the 1, 3G, and 4 that I have, I'll still have to buy $250 in extra accessories - cover, extra power & USB cables, etc. - because of that stupid new Lightning connector.

I agree it sucks they don't use USB like the rest of the world, but you should look at aftermarket cables.

Only if you're interested in lousy Chinese crap. Apple's products are built to the highest quality standards of any OEM manufacturer today. The cables are stronger and carry more data, faster, than any aftermarket cable.

Stick with the good stuff. It costs a bit more upfront, but it pays off in the long run.


My GF's Apple brand charging cord looks like a rat has chewed on it, right around where the cord meets the plastic part that plugs into the phone, and it's only about 4 months old.

That's about the lifetime of one of those cables. No biggie. The Apple Store stocks them.


$20 every 4 months?
$60 a year minimum and if it's a lightning to 30 pin that goes up to $120 that's more than my motorcycle insurance for the year.
 
2013-08-28 07:16:21 PM  

Kanemano: AverageAmericanGuy: fatalvenom: AverageAmericanGuy: Gig103: Lernaeus: This would have been nice pre-iPhone 5, but even if I get credit on the 1, 3G, and 4 that I have, I'll still have to buy $250 in extra accessories - cover, extra power & USB cables, etc. - because of that stupid new Lightning connector.

I agree it sucks they don't use USB like the rest of the world, but you should look at aftermarket cables.

Only if you're interested in lousy Chinese crap. Apple's products are built to the highest quality standards of any OEM manufacturer today. The cables are stronger and carry more data, faster, than any aftermarket cable.

Stick with the good stuff. It costs a bit more upfront, but it pays off in the long run.


My GF's Apple brand charging cord looks like a rat has chewed on it, right around where the cord meets the plastic part that plugs into the phone, and it's only about 4 months old.

That's about the lifetime of one of those cables. No biggie. The Apple Store stocks them.

$20 every 4 months?
$60 a year minimum and if it's a lightning to 30 pin that goes up to $120 that's more than my motorcycle insurance for the year.


I'd say that your phone is more important than your motorcycle. Don't you want to buy the very best for it?
 
2013-08-28 07:27:19 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I'd say that your phone is more important than your motorcycle. Don't you want to buy the very best for it?


I have a galaxy nexus, it does more for me than an iphone can, and the power cord that came with it is still pristine, 2 years after purchase.


//The extra $240 that I have potentially saved was spent at the bar.
 
2013-08-28 07:30:22 PM  

Kanemano: AverageAmericanGuy: I'd say that your phone is more important than your motorcycle. Don't you want to buy the very best for it?

I have a galaxy nexus, it does more for me than an iphone can, and the power cord that came with it is still pristine, 2 years after purchase.


//The extra $240 that I have potentially saved was spent at the bar.


You shouldn't drink and ride. Sounds like your Android phone is trying to kill you.
 
2013-08-28 07:44:21 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Kanemano: AverageAmericanGuy: I'd say that your phone is more important than your motorcycle. Don't you want to buy the very best for it?

I have a galaxy nexus, it does more for me than an iphone can, and the power cord that came with it is still pristine, 2 years after purchase.


//The extra $240 that I have potentially saved was spent at the bar.

You shouldn't drink and ride. Sounds like your Android phone is trying to kill you.


You might be on to something there but I only drink and stagger, -- bar is a block from my house
 
2013-08-28 07:45:37 PM  

Kanemano: AverageAmericanGuy: Kanemano: AverageAmericanGuy: I'd say that your phone is more important than your motorcycle. Don't you want to buy the very best for it?

I have a galaxy nexus, it does more for me than an iphone can, and the power cord that came with it is still pristine, 2 years after purchase.


//The extra $240 that I have potentially saved was spent at the bar.

You shouldn't drink and ride. Sounds like your Android phone is trying to kill you.

You might be on to something there but I only drink and stagger, -- bar is a block from my house


I don't believe you. I'll be out in HI next March. You'll have to show me.
 
2013-08-28 07:49:42 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Kanemano: AverageAmericanGuy: Kanemano: AverageAmericanGuy: I'd say that your phone is more important than your motorcycle. Don't you want to buy the very best for it?

I have a galaxy nexus, it does more for me than an iphone can, and the power cord that came with it is still pristine, 2 years after purchase.


//The extra $240 that I have potentially saved was spent at the bar.

You shouldn't drink and ride. Sounds like your Android phone is trying to kill you.

You might be on to something there but I only drink and stagger, -- bar is a block from my house

I don't believe you. I'll be out in HI next March. You'll have to show me.


cool
 
2013-08-28 07:49:56 PM  
More likely they've noticed people aren't as keen on buying a new slightly different phone every 6 months after a few years of it.
 
2013-08-28 07:51:22 PM  
I have a 4S and just checked with Verizon what it would cost to upgrade to a 5 before my "trade up" (or whatever).

It's $599.

So yeah...That's pretty freaking expensive.

(I also have an HTC EVO, which I find myself preferring more and more.)
 
2013-08-28 08:08:32 PM  
Its because they refurbish the phones and sell them in overseas markets....
 
2013-08-28 08:50:55 PM  
I find it hilarious that multiple people immediately pulled the ".. but.. but.. ANDROID!" card.  Multiple things can be expensive these days, I hear.  Perhaps Samsung could also benefit from such a program.  Not everything is an insult.
 
2013-08-28 09:43:00 PM  
There's some mighty subtle trolling going on in here. AverageAmericanGuy is a true master.
 
2013-08-28 10:07:35 PM  
The more interesting thing is that they started offering this on their website with computers months ago.

/I checked, and none of the Mac I own qualified for the trade-in.
//which is fine, as most of them are still worth more than I paid for them
///Trash-picked Gen 1 512K for the win!
 
2013-08-28 10:24:59 PM  
FTFA:  The tech giant [h]as not made an official announcement regarding the program or on the next iPhone release.

But apparently in subby's world it already happened.
 
2013-08-28 11:04:49 PM  
This is definitely the place where I can talk about how I still use my 3GS because it still works and it cost me a small fortune when it was new and I'm going to use it until it dies, goddammit.
 
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