How do iPhone trade-in programs work?
September 10, 2013 3:12 PM Subscribe
I have a relatively-new iPhone 5 that I'm thinking of selling or trading in. It all seems a bit confusing, though, so please explain to me how this works.
posted by zooropa to computers & internet (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 16GB iPhone 5 that I bought last December for work. Mrs. Zooropa just got an HTC One Android phone, and I have to admit, I really like it and the Samsung Galaxy S4 we saw the other day at Costco. I used to be an Android guy, and am really considering switching back.
My iPhone 5 is in almost perfect condition (I've had it in an Otter case for almost the entire time). How do trade-in programs work? We're on Verizon, and the next available upgrade is about 18 months away.
People have told me about Gazelle, so I went to the site. According to the estimate I did online, Gazelle is saying I could get $315-330 for the phone. Does that mean I will get $315-330 in cash? What about my current Verizon contract? Do I have to buy an unlocked phone or can I switch over my existing number and account?
I've also read that Apple has a new trade-in program where you walk in to an Apple Store, give them your phone, get a store credit, and walk out with a new phone. Is this accurate?
As you can tell, I'm confused. Any help clearing up the confusion would be gratefully appreciated.