Apple Simplifies 'Trade Up With Installments' iPhone Program by Relying on Carrier Financing Plans

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today made some changes to its recently introduced "Trade Up With Installments" payment plan, which is designed to let prospective customers trade in an old iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone, putting the value of the device towards a new 24-month iPhone installment plan.

    Previously, Apple's Trade Up program relied on a 24-month installment loan from Apple partner Citizens Bank, but Apple is simplifying the service and instead relying on financing plans handled by carriers. Trading in a device at the Apple Store will now allow the value of the device to be applied to the purchase of a new iPhone from a carrier. Credits can be used to lower the cost of an outright purchase or to reduce monthly payments.


    It is no longer necessary to undergo a credit check to trade in a device, nor do customers have to agree to a 24-month installment loan or minimum financing. Going through carrier financing does mean iPhones purchased through the program will be locked to the carrier a customer chooses, while phones previously available through Trade-In were unlocked.

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    With the changes comes an update to the site explaining the program, with new wording that calls it "Trade Up" instead of "Trade In" and new maximum trade-in values of $250 instead of $300. Apple has also removed all of the information on monthly payments based on trade-in, as pricing will now vary by carrier and trade-in value.

    The program is otherwise unchanged, continuing to offer customers a way to apply the value of old devices to a new purchase. Estimated trade-in values, which are based on phone quality, range from $50 for the iPhone 4s to $250 for the iPhone 6 Plus. Customers are also still able to trade in other eligible smartphones from companies like Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, HTC, and LG, with all trade-ins done through Apple partner Brightstar.

    Apple also continues to offer its dedicated iPhone Upgrade Program, which remains unchanged. With the iPhone Upgrade Program, customers can purchase an iPhone through Apple and trade it in each year for a new device.

    Article Link: Apple Simplifies 'Trade Up With Installments' iPhone Program by Relying on Carrier Financing Plans
  2. chrisrosemusic1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2012
    Northamptonshire, England
    I live in the UK but I just don't see why anyone would do this in the US or here. Their trade in value sucks. You'd get at least another third of that on eBay.
  3. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    This had better not be replacing the iPhone Upgrade Program, I was going to use that specifically to get out of financing through carriers. I may want to swap carriers, or not want to have to deal with my phone being locked, I may want the best carrier and roaming compatibility, and getting Apple Care Plus bundled in was a nice enticing feature... Plus being able to upgrade every year still. UGH Imma be pissed if this is gone now.
  4. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    I wasn't familiar with this program and was totally confusing it with the "Upgrade Program," which is not the same thing at all. The Upgrade Program is more "rent to own" and you get to upgrade your device half way through. It uses Citizens Bank as well.
  5. NachoGrande, Jun 28, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2016

    NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    I'll pass. I'm seriously at the point were the cost is now prohibitive for me to have the latest "smart phone" looks like it's cheap droids for me or maybe a cheaper version of the iPhone. and I make very good money. $2000 a year for a phone is just crazy..
  6. jkool macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    Good point, but sometimes I'd rather expedite the process than deal with eBayidiot123 with 0 feedback trolling my auction for a few weeks.
  7. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2008
  8. Karma*Police macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2012
    Yeah, this makes no sense. Rather than a subscription, now it sounds like we're back to where things were before they offered the trade in program. And if the most they'll offer is $250, why would anyone bother when they can get more from pretty much anywhere else?
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    This is the number one reason people want to avoid eBay. Been there done that. The hassle isn't worth the payout for me.

    Plenty of threads here on this very forum with various outcomes and resolutions too.
  10. dvdlovr24 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2008
    Use swappa. Sold two phones and an Apple Watch through there with zero issues.
  11. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    US carries love locking.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 28, 2016 ---
    Still have mine (but not for long). Cheaper plan and unlimited data plus a cheaper phone.
  12. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2009
    Last paragraph of the story.
  13. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I'm insire what you mean by this, but the article states there is no longer the need for a credit check.
  14. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    ah that's good to know. Still not spending that much on phones like I used to :)
  15. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Because it's easy. I don't want to have to deal with Ebay or Craigslist and open myself up to fraud, etc. My time is worth more than the additional cash I would get...

    I just checked my iPhone 6+ and Gazelle is only offering $215 compared to $250 from Apple... so Apple is right in line with what other "easy" places are doing...
  16. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    That's fair. I've reached a point where I may be there myself. 6s plus seems perfectly capable to be a 2+ year device.
  17. Attirex macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2015
  18. LarryJW Suspended

    Oct 29, 2015
    As long as the dedicated Trade up program continues, I'm happy. Of course, I don't care about credit checks. But, I do care about lock-in, and I'd previously paid full price for an iphone to have an unlocked device.

    And why should iphones be any different than ipads, and other devices? Apple's Trade-Up is a great deal by these measures.
  19. macrumors 68020

    Jun 17, 2009
    Fort Worth, TX
    #19 is better in the states for buying/selling old phones. And I agree with you. But many folks don't want to deal with the hassle of buying/selling online and would rather take the trade in value Apple or their carrier offers them.
  20. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    UK eBay must suck a lot less for selling than US eBay does!
  21. bstpierre macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2008
    Me too. Wouldn't be so bad if my monthly service charge went down with the elimination of two year contracts.
  22. patrickrochon macrumors newbie


    Feb 20, 2006
    it actually includes AppleCare+ so not that bad
  23. millerlite macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2007
    Am I the only one who's completely lost about how to get a new phone? I could get behind the days of just trading in your old phone with a new two year contract. With these new schemes to get a phone, I get the feeling that it's just another way for the phone companies to scam us out of our money. They're also much more confusing. I'm certain this is one of the reasons for fewer phone sales. They've put roadblocks in place that didn't appear to be there in the old way of doing business.
  24. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    Agree. I'm perfectly happy with my 64GB 6. Force touch and an incremental camera upgrade weren't even close to interesting when the 6S came out. And it isn't looking like the next iPhone will offer much either. It is now more expensive for me to get on a new plan (still on AT&T unlimited) and have to put phone costs into the equation than it was to simply get a new phone every other year and sell the old one on eBay.
  25. sentiblue macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2012
    Silicon Valley
    I always find it interesting that Apple and retailers offer a significantly "dumb" price for trade-ins. Normally their offer is 1/3 of what people can sell their old device on ebay/craigslist.

    So my question: why would they even bother with such a program knowing majority people will sell on ebay/craigslist for a much better price?

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