Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expanding to Canada Soon
The Apple Store iPhone Reuse and Recycling trade-in program is launching in Canada in the coming weeks according to a source who is knowledgeable of the initiative’s expansion. The source says that training for Apple Store employees in Canada will begin this upcoming week.
For those of you who didn’t know, the iPhone Reuse and Recycling program originally launched in the US in late-August of last year and it expanded to the UK in October. A form of the program also exists in India and the expansion to Canada is notable as Canada is Apple’s largest Apple Retail market with 29 stores without the program.
The trade-in program allows an iPhone users (one with an iPhone 3G or newer) to trade in their device for money that could be used toward the purchase of a new iPhone 5S, 5C or 4S. The amount of money given in exchange for the old phone varies based on a few factors which include model, screen quality and if the iPhone has water damage.
The expansion of the iPhone trade-in program to other countries is tied to agreements with Apple and recycling partners. In the US and UK, Apple works with a company called BrightStar (which is the same company it will work with in Canada). It is likely that Apple is working with BrightStar and other firms to bring the program to other major countries such as Germany and France in the near future.
It was also previously indicated that Apple is looking to aggressively expand its iPhone trade-in program for emerging markets. The program was designed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and his executive team in an effort to boost iPhone sales within Apple’s own stores. Last year, we profiled the program as convenient but not as valuable as trade-in offerings from other companies.
Are any of you Canadian iOS users going to take advantage of the offer?