Apple iPhone Upgrade Program: have your phone delivered and send back the old one

Relentless Power

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Finally! This is how the program should have worked from the beginning. This will make it so much easier come September :D
That is if Apple actually has available stock for the iPhone 8, compared to last years disaster for those who are upgrade members.
 
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edlex

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Hi all,
am I confused, or Apple just silently announced that now you can fully upgrade "remotely" (have the new phone delivered and a box to ship back the old one)?

http://www.apple.com/shop/iphone/iphone-upgrade-program/upgrade

Section "Have it delivered"...
This was always in their "fine print" but never executed. We'll see if they implement it this year. Hopefully they will so ALL the online inventory is open to upgrade program members as opposed to last years debacle of only having store inventory to choose from.
 
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Mlrollin91

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I'll probably still do it in store. I don't trust shipping my phone in in case it is damaged in transit. Read stories about that happening with Next. Then if they try to dispute the condition of my phone, I am in store with them and can physically see the "issue" if there is one.
 

cast128

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I'll probably still do it in store. I don't trust shipping my phone in in case it is damaged in transit. Read stories about that happening with Next. Then if they try to dispute the condition of my phone, I am in store with them and can physically see the "issue" if there is one.
I'm not too worried about this. I've purchased all my iPhones at launch through Apple and I've never had a bad experience. Always delivered on launch date in perfect condition, and better yet I don't have to deal with the crazy launch day / weekend crowds. It's just a more convenient option for me personally and like others have mentioned, hopefully this will prevent the debacle for IUP customers of the iPhone 7 launch.

Shippings seems like hit or miss these days and there are certain items I would never have shipped to me, so I understand where you are coming from.
 

The Game 161

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Dec 15, 2010
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That is if Apple actually has available stock for the iPhone 8, compared to last years disaster for those who are upgrade members.
Just means you have to wait till you return your phone

Makes sense doing this program for me as I'm going sim only from now on.
 

Mlrollin91

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I'm not too worried about this. I've purchased all my iPhones at launch through Apple and I've never had a bad experience. Always delivered on launch date in perfect condition, and better yet I don't have to deal with the crazy launch day / weekend crowds. It's just a more convenient option for me personally and like others have mentioned, hopefully this will prevent the debacle for IUP customers of the iPhone 7 launch.

Shippings seems like hit or miss these days and there are certain items I would never have shipped to me, so I understand where you are coming from.
You may have misinterpreted what I said. Shipping my current device back to Apple may result in a damaged device during transit and I won't get credit for the UDP.

I have no problems receiving phones in the mail. It's sending them in for trade in and inspection.

There have been plenty of stories of Next devices being received as damaged even though it was shipped in perfect condition.
 

nburwell

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Us T-Mobile customers still need to upgrade in store though. Not a big deal anyway since I generally wait until the craziness has died down to upgrade anyway.
 

edlex

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You may have misinterpreted what I said. Shipping my current device back to Apple may result in a damaged device during transit and I won't get credit for the UDP.

I have no problems receiving phones in the mail. It's sending them in for trade in and inspection.

There have been plenty of stories of Next devices being received as damaged even though it was shipped in perfect condition.
I thought I read somewhere that in addition to mailing it back you also have the option to return the phone in store within 2 weeks of receiving the upgrade phone.
 

Mlrollin91

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I thought I read somewhere that in addition to mailing it back you also have the option to return the phone in store within 2 weeks of receiving the upgrade phone.
I'm sure that's the case. AT&T added that option with Next. But I do enjoy going on launch day!
 

Newtons Apple

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Given the rumors for this years iPhone...I feel like its gonna be a crazy rush
I betting Apple cools some of the demand with a "Special" price for the 8.
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I thought I read somewhere that in addition to mailing it back you also have the option to return the phone in store within 2 weeks of receiving the upgrade phone.
What happens when you do return it? Do they pay you for your traded in phone? I know they are not going to return it.

Read that fine print for sure!
 

edlex

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I betting Apple cools some of the demand with a "Special" price for the 8.
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What happens when you do return it? Do they pay you for your traded in phone? I know they are not going to return it.

Read that fine print for sure!
Whether you return it to the Apple Store or through the mail the remaining portion of the previous loan is forgiven.
 
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edlex

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I think I would pass on this. You will be getting less than the device is worth but I can see many would do it to avoid any hassle.
Yeah that's my situation. For me it's more convenient to return it back through the upgrade program than deal with selling it on my own.
 

wxman2003

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If you sell your phone to buybackworld, gazelle, etc, you break even with the iphone plan. For instance, if you buy a 7 plus 128 gig model, your cost would be roughly $36 a month, without the applecare added, and that comes out to about $435 after 1 year. That's about what those companies would give you for a 1 year old iPhone 7 plus.
 
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