Apple Wants To Buy Your Android Devices
We first heard the rumor that Apple was going to accept Android trade-ins earlier this month. At the time, however, there was no official confirmation by Apple, so many people were skeptical as to whether or not it was true. Well, it’s now official: Apple will in fact accept Android smartphones and tablets as part of the company’s trade-in program.
According to Apple’s own website, customers can trade in their Android, Windows or Blackberry devices for an iPhone in the U.S., UK, Canada, Germany, France and Italy. Assuming you have one of these devices, you can trade it in to your local Apple store for credit towards a new or used iPhone. This is in stark contrast to the company’s previous terms, which only allowed trade-ins on Apple products.
So, what prompted Apple to have a change in heart? As noted by Forbes, the timing of Apple’s new trade-in policy isn’t a coincidence; it comes just days before Samsung is planning to launch its highly anticipated Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 devices. We can only presume that Apple is trying to convince consumers to hand over their pre-owned Galaxy S5 and upgrade to a new iPhone instead of purchasing the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge.
Of course, many people are skeptical of Apple’s trade-in program, and rightfully so. The iPhone 6 is viewed as being sub-par when compared to most mid-to-high-end Android devices. It has less random access memory (RAM), a slower processor, smaller screen, etc.
It’s important to note that Apple’s trade-in program is only available on actual store pages. Therefore, you’ll have to visit a physical retail store to take advantage of it. This is a huge disadvantage considering the limited number of Apple stores. Unless you live in a major city, you probably don’t have the luxury of visiting an Apple store, and as such, you won’t be able to trade in your device for an iPhone.
“The new trade-in offer shows up on individual store pages, so it’s currently only available at physical retail locations; the online Reuse and Recycling page doesn’t allow non-Apple devices for credit,” wrote TheNextWeb.com
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