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a-m-k

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I've had an iPhone 6s for almost six years, it will be over six years when the new iPhone(s) come out. Can I trade it in and get some sort of credit towards a new iPhone? I've never had anything replaced on it, and it does die before it hits 1% sometimes. I'll probably go back to the Apple Store when I do upgrade. (Maybe order online.)

Since it has a tendency of dying before it hits one percent most of the time, am I out of luck of some trade-in cash back?
 
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Apple_Robert

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Try not to let the battery get to less than 20%. Charge it before it gets low. Letting it drain to 10% or less on a regular basis increases the wear on the battery.

As @BugeyeSTI correctly noted, you will get some money back from Apple. The current offering could go down by the time you do buy a new phone. Doing a private sale (a lot of the time) will help to net you better results.
 
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Geepaw

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Your cell phone carrier might give you a good trade in deal so long as you agree to a payment plan over X number of months. For example, T-Mobile is offering $450 in bill credits on an iPhone 12 over 30 months -- which is a great deal if you plan to use the phone for that long.
 

chscag

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I believe that deal with T-Mobile requires a new line activation unless they've changed it recently. Also, bill credits always favor the carrier.

We usually give our older iPhone away to someone who needs it and can't afford to buy one for themselves. Right now we have a very clean 7+ with a new Apple battery that we're going to donate.
 

Clix Pix

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Since (according to recent rumor reports) the iPhone 6s will not be able to work with iOS 15, cannot be upgraded beyond iOS 14x, then to many people its value is going to be considerably lessened. iOS and new iPhones don't usually come out until September, though. I imagine, too, that at that time Apple probably will consider the 6s obsolete, end-of-life and no longer offer anything for it as a trade-in, but accept it as a recyclable item for free.

It might be better to trade in the thing now while you can still get at least a small trade-in amount, buy something new and reliable now.....
 
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ApfelKuchen

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One thing that is not evaluated at Apple trade-in is battery condition (other than, "Does it turn on and function?"). If the phone is then refurbished and resold, it will always have a new battery, so the condition of the existing battery isn't going to matter. If it is simply recycled then battery condition will be meaningless.
 

Geepaw

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I believe that deal with T-Mobile requires a new line activation unless they've changed it recently. Also, bill credits always favor the carrier.

We usually give our older iPhone away to someone who needs it and can't afford to buy one for themselves. Right now we have a very clean 7+ with a new Apple battery that we're going to donate.
It's a great deal if you are willing to port over and plan to keep the phone. Otherwise, private sale is the best bet. Apple's trade in at $60 is not that good although convenient.
 
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a-m-k

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I should add that my mobile phone plan is under AT&T. I have had that plan when I had my 5c. It's actually the household plan if this means anything to anyone. I have a long time so I can keep track of things. Right now I my battery has a battery capacity of 73%. I think that's pretty good considering the age. :)

Thank you for your replies everybody. I have never gotten to the point where I had to start thinking about getting a new iPhone. What I am looking at right is awesome! I'm going try to hang on to it until iPhone 13. I'll just keep an eye on it.
 
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a-m-k

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Was the ear-bud jack killed off with any iPhone since the 6s? I am hoping I can avoid the ear-buds because the traditional ones are too big for my ears. (I have a brand new pair for my iPod.). Though, if that isn't the case, can I find ones that would fit my ears?
 

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I had an iPhone 6s, sold it on eBay for $115 and then bought a mint condition 11. I think Apple quoted $60 for a trade-in so I went the eBay route. I you list it on eBay simply be honest about the condition and you keep the profit.
 

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Iirc, AT&T's offering $350 credit on the 6s, 6s+, 7, 7+ with purchase of new iPhone with 30 month installment. You can check out the fine print and check the trade-in value for your device if it meets the cut off.
 

a-m-k

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Iirc, AT&T's offering $350 credit on the 6s, 6s+, 7, 7+ with purchase of new iPhone with 30 month installment. You can check out the fine print and check the trade-in value for your device if it meets the cut off.
Thank you! That would be great!
 

a-m-k

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I hopefully have ordered my iPhone and it should be here on the 30th. Since I ordered it online, I have a new number and there are more gigs compared to my current iPhone. Does it make any difference if the gig size isn't the same. My 6s is a 64 gigs. I made quite the jump to 128 gigs!

I'm going to back up my 6s to my MBA when I get my new iPhone so I can upload everything to my new phone. Am I doing anything wrong?

If I am, your help is appreciated in advance! Thank you. :)
 

Clix Pix

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Congratulations! Actually, it's better to have more storage capacity in the new iPhone -- better to go from a smaller-capacity one to a larger-capacity one than the reverse! You will have no problems installing all your current stuff that is on the current 6s into the new iPhone, as there will be plenty of room.

If you have everything in iCloud, you can simply back up the 6s to iCloud and then install all of it right into the new iPhone, or you can do as you mentioned, do it by plugging into the MBA.
 

a-m-k

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Congratulations! Actually, it's better to have more storage capacity in the new iPhone -- better to go from a smaller-capacity one to a larger-capacity one than the reverse! You will have no problems installing all your current stuff that is on the current 6s into the new iPhone, as there will be plenty of room.

If you have everything in iCloud, you can simply back up the 6s to iCloud and then install all of it right into the new iPhone, or you can do as you mentioned, do it by plugging into the MBA.
Thank you!
 

a-m-k

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iCloud or computer data transfer not necessary. Merely put old and new beside each other.

I just thought of something. Does that mean my current phone number will be associated with my new iPhone?
 

a-m-k

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So if I replace the SIM card from my new phone, I can still have my current number? Even if the phone's gig space is much bigger than my current 64 gig iPhone?
 

jcorbin

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The storage size of your phone and your phone number are not related. Your SIM (which is associated with your phone number) should be able to moved to the new phone.
 
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