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Apple's iPhone Trade-in Program Hits UK

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Six weeks after the U.S. launch, Apple's trade-in program arrives in the United Kingdom.

Right before the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C were announced, Apple launched an iPhone trade-in program in its stores in the United States. Unfortunately, if you were outside the U.S., the program was not available to you. Now, after several weeks of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C availability, the trade-in program has hit the United Kingdom.

Apple's UK website now has its own Reuse and Recycling section that lets customers price their model of iPad, iPhone, or MacBook for the trade-in program. A sample we used with a 16 GB black iPhone 3GS in perfect condition (but network locked) yielded an estimated value of £8.75. A 128 GB iPad 4 (WiFi + 4G) in black and in perfect condition fetched an estimate of £350. Not bad for folks looking to upgrade to the newest iPad 5, which is rumored to be launched later this month. Similarly, a last generation iPhone 5 (32 GB, black, and unlocked) with no damage cost £230. The same phone locked to a specific network yielded an estimate of only £115.

Apple's trade-in program is also live in stores, so you can go in and drop off your old device and receive a credit for a newer model. Here's hoping you didn't rush out and pay full price for the iPhone 5S the day after it came out. 

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    monsta , October 14, 2013 11:34 PM
    A sample we used with a 16 GB black iPhone 3GS in perfect condition (but network locked) yielded an estimated value of £8.75.
    Hahaha thats so funny!! Do you get fries with that?
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    ssalim , October 15, 2013 9:56 AM
    Lols. No fries but you do get a certificate of "YOU GOT RIPPED OFF" from Apple along with a full color poster of "You are holding it wrong", limited edition.
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    m32 , October 15, 2013 11:18 AM
    Another way for Apple to give the people the pipe.....
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    Monster-Puppet , October 16, 2013 1:58 AM
    They are not the best prices, but they do give a fixed price with no hidden fees. Ideal for those who dont have time to list on eBay. I wouldn't personally sell mine to Apple though for those prices, I'd rather head to the likes of sellmymobile.com who compare recycling/trade in companies.
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    Monster-Puppet , October 16, 2013 2:03 AM
    They are not the best prices, but they do give a fixed price with no hidden fees. Ideal for those who don't have time to list on eBay. I'd rather go to sellmymobile.com who compare trade in companies though.