In August 2013, Apple introduced a new program, the Reuse and Recycling Program, with the aim of giving you gift cards for older devices that still had some monetary value or recycling those that didn’t. At the time, the program was limited to iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads, along with Macs that met a set of qualifying requirements. Now, the Cupertino Company has opened the program to non-iOS devices, perhaps in a bid to tempt users of Android, Windows and Blackberry to jump ship to Apple.
Image : Apple Trade-In Program Open for Android Users aswell
The program has now been made available online as well as at physical Apple retail stores. The service is available for use in the Unites States, parts of Europe and in Canada. Customers who have old smartphones or tablets will be able to send them to Apple in exchange for credit in the form of a direct bank transfer or Apple store gift card. Devices eligible are, obviously, all iOS devices, and selected HTC, Nokia, LG, Sony, Blackberry and Samsung models.
They are also expanding their Reuse and Recycling Program to selected PCs as well which will allow those that don’t use a Mac to get a bit of cash towards the purchase of a new Mac, iPhone or an iPad, whichever they want. The PC trade-in side is being handled by Dataserv, a third party vendor and the smartphone trade-in program has now gone live in the US, UK, France, Italy, Germany and Canada. This side of the program is being run in conjunction with BrightStar, a third party company who deals in buying secondhand devices and trading them in.
Image : Apple Trade In Program
If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac computer or notebook, a non-iOS smartphone or a PC that is too old and does not come under the eligibility requirements for the trade-in program, Apple will still dispose of them responsibly for you by recycling them. Only certain devices are eligible and the amount you get depends on condition and lock status of the device, if a smartphone or cellular tablet.
Considering a proportion of iPhone, 6 and 6 Plus users came from other manufacturers, it really isn’t any wonder that Apple has expanded their program to include other manufacturers, in a bid to entice even more users to their devices. Have you ever used the Reuse and Recycle Program ?
Source : Apple Recycle Page