Right now, the company is offering customers up to $255 in credit when they trade in any eligible smartphone, either in store or online. Trade in your old handset, and you’ll receive an Apple Gift Card to go towards the purchase or any new iPhone, iPad or Apple accessory.
Apple is splashing out credit for any older model iPhone from the 4S and up, and selected Android releases from HTC, Samsung, Sony and LG. Trade-in value depends on the model, storage size and condition of your old device, with full credit applied to handsets that are in good working order with no liquid damage, cracks or power issues.
Which devices can I trade?
If you’re upgrading from an older Apple smartphone, here’s the expected trade-in value for devices still in great condition.
- iPhone 4S: up to $20
- iPhone 5: up to $40
- iPhone 5c: up to $40
- iPhone 5s: up to $65
- iPhone SE: up to $120
- iPhone 6: up to $135
- iPhone 6 Plus: up to $170
- iPhone 6s: up to $190
- iPhone 6s Plus: up to $255
Want to make the jump from Android to iOS? You can still trade in eligible devices – although it seems that even newer, high-end models will net you a maximum of $150 in credit, even when in great working condition.
Is this the best deal for me?
Estimated trade-in values for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, or HTC 10 are $150. The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S7 are valued at up to $120, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium and LG V20 up to $100, while the LG 5 is a disappointing zero dollars. It's also important to remember that Apple’s trade-in deal only gives you Apple Gift Card credit, and the value of your old device can’t be redeemed for cash.
If you’re serious about unloading your top-tier Android phone, you're probably better off selling on third party sites such as eBay, Mobile Monster or Mazuma, where a working Samsung Galaxy S7 can fetch up to $380.
We’d also give the same advice to anyone looking to trade in their iPhone: sell a 128GB iPhone 6s Plus in working order privately, and you can get back up to $375 on sites like Mazuma – $120 more than the credit Apple is offering.
How to trade up
Still want to take Apple up on its trade-in offer? You can take your old handset to any participating Apple Store for an in-person assessment, or fill out the company’s online claim form. If you’re submitting your trade online, you’ll be required to mail in your old device to Apple after getting your estimate, although the company will cover all postage costs.
The deal is available now to all customers over 18 years of age. However, with the launch of the iPhone 8 only two months away, Apple lovers may want to hold on to their existing devices a little longer before making an upgrade.
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