Rumor: Apple to begin offering rewards for non-iPhone trade-ins

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, 08:47
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There’s now a reward system in place for turning non-iPhone smartphones in to Apple.

Sources have stated that Apple is planning to add Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets to the list of acceptable trade-ins for its Reuse and Recycling Program, which exchanges used hardware for Apple Store gift cards.

Apple is apparently preparing to expand its Reuse and Recycling Program to include non-iOS handsets, including hardware running iOS nemesis Android.

Under Apple’s current program, first launched in 2011, iPhone users can nab an Apple Store gift card worth up to US$175 for a fully functional 64GB iPhone 5s. The company will reportedly offer similar deals for smartphones running Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone operating systems, but specific hardware grading criteria is unknown.

Sources did not specify an exact start date, but said the program extension should take effect in the coming weeks, the report said.

The trade-in program expansion will be another step in luring smartphone users away from Google’s Android platform. Last September, for example, Apple launched a webpage dedicated to migrating content from an Android device to one running iOS.

So, there’s now new reasons to bring in competing smartphones.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider and BuzzFeed

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