1. Michael Essany's Avatar


    Perhaps you can get a tad bit richer from recycling if you have a spare iPhone 4S to spare.

    Apple has begun offering users an opportunity to fork over their iPhone 4S in return for upwards of $345 (paid through an Apple Gift Card). Although Apple has offered recycling opportunities before, this is the first time the company has put such a high bounty on the current generation model.

    Perhaps this is because a new model is coming? Yep, we think so too.

    Assuming your device is in good condition (that is, no water damage, unsightly scratches or dreaded cracks), the best you'll get for the white 64GB iPhone 4S is $345 from Apple. Amazon, on the other hand, is willing to pay more for the same thing - $500.

    Apple says on its official website that devices in good condition will likely be resold or reconditioned. Damaged devices in need of substantial repair will most likely be recycled. Those that need to be recycled, Apple says, will be done so "responsibly."

    Source: Apple
    2012-08-29 09:41 PM
  2. xhazex9x's Avatar
    Rather go on ebay and flip it for 400-450 for my 16gb with a few cases apple giftcards are useless
    2012-08-29 10:07 PM
  3. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
    Rather go on ebay and flip it for 400-450 for my 16gb with a few cases apple giftcards are useless
    Unless, it can be used towards the purchase of the new iPhone, that doesn't seem useless. $345 isn't enough though...but for those who want to take the simple, quick route...this would be a nice option.
    El Zurdo
    2012-08-29 10:54 PM
  4. Melech518's Avatar
    Apple does not actually buy the phone. Apple has allowed a company called PowerOn to "recycle" the device via the Apple website in exchange for an Apple gift card.
    The estimate is provided by PowerON.
    They'll determine the actual value of your Apple Gift Card
    after they receive and evaluate your product.
    And here is a part of the actual Terms of Service for recycling through PowerOn:
    THIS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND POWERON SERVICES, INC. (“POWERON”) STATING THE TERMS THAT GOVERN YOUR USE OF THIS POWERON PROGRAM. THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS—TOGETHER WITH ALL UPDATES AND ADDITIONAL TERMS—COLLECTIVELY CONSTITUTE THE “AGREEMENT” BETWEEN YOU AND POWERON. TO AGREE TO THESE TERMS, CLICK “AGREE.” IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO NOT CLICK “AGREE,” AND DO NOT USE THE SERVICE. YOU MUST ACCEPT AND ABIDE BY THESE TERMS AS PRESENTED TO YOU; CHANGES, ADDITIONS, OR DELETIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE, AND POWERON MAY REFUSE ACCESS TO THE POWERON SERVICE FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH ANY PART OF THIS AGREEMENT.

    YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE RESPONSIBLE REUSE AND RECYCLE SERVICE IS BETWEEN YOU AND POWERON ONLY, AND APPLE IS NOT LIABLE FOR AND DOES NOT WARRANT SUCH SERVICE.
    Last edited by Melech518; 2012-08-29 at 11:05 PM.
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  5. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
    YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE RESPONSIBLE REUSE AND RECYCLE SERVICE IS BETWEEN YOU AND POWERON ONLY, AND APPLE IS NOT LIABLE FOR AND DOES NOT WARRANT SUCH SERVICE. :
    Lol...Sooo, WE are responsible...as well as POWERON, to "responsibly recycle" the iPhone....You gotta love reading the "fine print" sometimes! Nice job of covering all the bases though Apple!
    El Zurdo
    2012-08-30 01:31 AM
  6. Lohand's Avatar
    Do they even verify if you are the actual owner of the phone? Or can any Dirtbag that jacked someone on the NYC subway "recycle" their stolen wares? HEY SENATOR SCHUMER LETS SEE YOU GO AFTER THE LIKES OF APPLE THE SAME WAY YOU WENT AFTER THE TELCOS TO BLOCK STOLEN PHONES! Otherwise whats the point when all the crooks have to do is get their CASH FOR STOLEN GOODS DIRECTLY FROM APPLE! Sayin...
    2012-08-30 01:58 AM
  7. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
    Do they even verify if you are the actual owner of the phone? Or can any Dirtbag that jacked someone on the NYC subway "recycle" their stolen wares? HEY SENATOR SCHUMER LETS SEE YOU GO AFTER THE LIKES OF APPLE THE SAME WAY YOU WENT AFTER THE TELCOS TO BLOCK STOLEN PHONES! Otherwise whats the point when all the crooks have to do is get their CASH FOR STOLEN GOODS DIRECTLY FROM APPLE! Sayin...
    I dont know how much value a Apple Gift card is going to have for your typical crack feening crook...My guess is that they would sell the iPhone for actual cash...Just like the rest of us non crack feening people.
    El Zurdo
    2012-08-30 02:50 AM
  8. mmaboi21's Avatar
    Hmm not bad
    2012-08-30 03:11 AM
  9. wolverinemarky's Avatar
    Rather go on ebay and flip it for 400-450 for my 16gb with a few cases apple giftcards are useless
    That's my plan in a couple weeks so I can get the new iPhone 5
    2012-08-30 03:53 AM
  10. bsltiger's Avatar
    Do they even verify if you are the actual owner of the phone? Or can any Dirtbag that jacked someone on the NYC subway "recycle" their stolen wares? HEY SENATOR SCHUMER LETS SEE YOU GO AFTER THE LIKES OF APPLE THE SAME WAY YOU WENT AFTER THE TELCOS TO BLOCK STOLEN PHONES! Otherwise whats the point when all the crooks have to do is get their CASH FOR STOLEN GOODS DIRECTLY FROM APPLE! Sayin...

    Chances are they catalog device IDs and the like, so if yours is stolen it can be found in their database as recycled and then the law enforcement can handle it from there.
    2012-08-30 10:01 AM
  11. clueo8's Avatar
    Why would apple start doing this now and never before?
    2012-08-31 12:32 AM
  12. LilyKing's Avatar
    what does this mean? to make much more people to buy its new products? anyway, it's not bad
    2012-09-01 05:35 AM
  13. raduga's Avatar
    what does this mean? to make much more people to buy its new products? anyway, it's not bad
    It means, beware!
    When they're done recycling phones, the bots are next.

    2012-09-03 10:04 AM
  14. jasoncyap's Avatar
    Where can I find more info about amazon buying my phone?
    2012-09-04 07:06 AM
  15. MAYORLIM's Avatar
    Hahahahahahahahahaaaa...!!!!!


    It means, beware!
    When they're done recycling phones, the bots are next.

    Hmmm....sounds interesting of what Apple is offering...
    2012-09-04 07:13 AM
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