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Apple Launches iPhone Trade-In Program

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the get-rid-of-your-old-phone-with-just-one-button dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Today Apple announced the launch of a trade-in program for iPhones. Users will be able to send in their older devices and get credit toward new ones. The announcement precedes an event on Sept. 10th at which Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone model. The trade-in program is being managed by a company named Brightstar, with whom trade-in value maxes out at $336 for a 16GB iPhone 5. The 16GB iPhone 4S, 4, and 3GS max out at $221, $151, and $52, respectively. (The value drops depending on the device's condition, of course.) 'With its new program, Apple steps into a crowded field of competing programs offered by companies such as Gazelle, Best Buy, GameStop, Amazon and others, all of whom accept older iPhones for money. The broader market for used smartphones has been estimated to bring in as much as $5 billion in sales by 2015. With Apple participating as well, more smartphone users may opt for the trade-in option, and could potentially send that estimate even higher. Running its own program would give Apple a way to drive more iPhone sales within its own stores rather than seeing sales from carrier partners, and drive more traffic through its retail stores as well.'"

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What will they do with the ones they take in? (2, Insightful)

Tim Ward (514198) | about a year ago | (#44720603)

Throw them away? - they don't want people buying "old" iThingies, do they, that reduces the market for new ones. How green is that.

Re:What will they do with the ones they take in? (4, Insightful)

Shikaku (1129753) | about a year ago | (#44720645)

They refurbish them and sell them as old models for profit.

Re:What will they do with the ones they take in? (1)

dav1dc (2662425) | about a year ago | (#44721879)

Don't you ever wonder where the replacement devices come from when you head into the store for AppleCare and they hand you a new [to you] device??

^_^

Re:What will they do with the ones they take in? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44722577)

Still, you can get a better trade in deal from other places like this [bit.ly] . Search around, there are a lot of places that will take old phones either for cash or credit towards a new phone (if you opt for credit, you tend to get "more" out of it).

Re:What will they do with the ones they take in? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44722793)

Your link didn't actually do what it implied it would.

Link (1)

jbolden (176878) | about a year ago | (#44723041)

Link is designed to crash your browser. Don't click it.

Reassemble in America (2)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#44720651)

Throw them away? - they don't want people buying "old" iThingies, do they, that reduces the market for new ones. How green is that.

Hopefully they could reassemble in America, slap them in those plasitic cases we have seen for the iPhone 5C...or whatever they call it, and market it in china or more likely they will just sell sell 2nd hand phones.

Re:Reassemble in America (2)

roc97007 (608802) | about a year ago | (#44720745)

Throw them away? - they don't want people buying "old" iThingies, do they, that reduces the market for new ones. How green is that.

Hopefully they could reassemble in America, slap them in those plasitic cases we have seen for the iPhone 5C...or whatever they call it, and market it in china or more likely they will just sell sell 2nd hand phones.

Maybe they *are* the iphone 5C...

Re:Reassemble in America (5, Funny)

SeaFox (739806) | about a year ago | (#44720871)

Maybe they *are* the iphone 5C...

"The iPhone 5C is made of iPhones!"

Sorry, had a Charlton Heston moment there.

Re:Reassemble in America (1)

bigdarryld (2551986) | about a year ago | (#44722451)

If you hadn't gone there I would have.

Re:Reassemble in America (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44721717)

Hopefully they could reassemble in China, slap them in those plastic cases we have seen for the iPhone 5C...or whatever they call it, and market it in USA or more likely they will just sell sell 2nd hand phones. FTFY

Re:What will they do with the ones they take in? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720665)

iLandfill. Actually, while that is the only sensible answer (for Apple, that is..) it should also be the first sensible question everyone (should) ask.

The problem for Apple being, whilst *they* would undoubtedly be happier with previous iDevices completely off the market, too popular a program, i.e. higher prices than ebay et al., they are then going to a rental model whereby they are indeed stuck with a landfill problem - Bad PR allround, that.

Re:What will they do with the ones they take in? (2)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about a year ago | (#44721065)

From what I can tell, this sounds like it's just an expansion of the Apple Recycling Program [apple.com] to allow iPhones to be traded in at retail locations, so I'm guessing they'll process them how they have since they started the program up a number of years ago: give you a gift card for the fair market value of the product [apple.com] and then recycle it if they can't refurbish/reuse it. Those links provide information and details that you're looking for, but to provide a quick quote from their pages:

When you recycle with Apple, your used equipment is disassembled, and key components that can be reused are removed. Glass and metal can be reprocessed for use in new products. A majority of the plastics can be pelletized into a raw secondary material. With materials reprocessing and component reuse, Apple often achieves a 90 percent recovery rate by weight of the original product.

So yeah, that's all stuff that they've been doing for a long time, and information on it is readily available.

Really, the only thing new here is that you can do this in-store now. Previously, Apple would ship a prepaid box to you and you'd ship them back your iPhone. iPods were the only devices that could be traded in at Apple retail locations for credit towards the purchase of a new device. Now iPhones can be as well, it seems. Kinda non-news, if you ask me, since this is a program that's been around for years, but for some reason it's making the rounds on all the Mac news sites. Must be a slow news day.

Fanbois are waiting with antici ----- pation! (1)

The FNP (1177715) | about a year ago | (#44721551)

It's not so much that this is a slow news days, but that with the new iPhone announcement in less than two weeks, the Mac Fanbois (and Fangirls) are waiting to see how much they are going to have to spend on the new latest greatest iDevice (now with cheese grating apps). This announcement means that they can save 200 - 300 out of the thousand they could spend on the new device, new cases, new screen protectors, all the other new accessories, carrier ETF, new apps, etc.

--The FNP

Re:Fanbois are waiting with antici ----- pation! (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about a year ago | (#44721583)

The thing is, I consider myself to be one of those fans that you're talking about, worthy of condescension and all, and yet I still found this to be non-news, close timing to a major announcement or not. I'll likely be upgrading the iPhone 4 I've had since shortly after its launch to the iPhone 5S, and I may even use this program...but it's still not newsworthy.

Re:Fanbois are waiting with antici ----- pation! (1)

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) | about a year ago | (#44725773)

It's not so much that this is a slow news days, but that with the new iPhone announcement in less than two weeks, the Mac Fanbois (and Fangirls) are waiting to see how much they are going to have to spend on the new latest greatest iDevice (now with cheese grating apps).

And that's why the Hateboyz are having a field day here. Because the Fanboys can't wait.

Re:What will they do with the ones they take in? (4, Interesting)

Karlt1 (231423) | about a year ago | (#44721309)

Throw them away? - they don't want people buying "old" iThingies, do they, that reduces the market for new ones. How green is that.

Apple has been selling refurbs for years. I first bought a refurb 60GB iPod in 2006.

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals [apple.com]

Re:What will they do with the ones they take in? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44721685)

they will be refurbished by the vendor and exported for sale.... or scrapped by the vendor and exported for recycle or disposal.

neither apple, nor their carrier partners, wants to see these used phones back in the u.s... cutting into their profits and lengthy contract terms

iPhone 3G? (2)

jerel (112066) | about a year ago | (#44720671)

But what about my iPhone 3G? (And watch it! This is a family show!) If they were really serious about it being "for the good of the environment" or whatnot, they would take back even the venerable 3G. (And I'm not talking about the 3GS. I know they take those.) I don't see that happening!

Re:iPhone 3G? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720791)

This. I have a 3G and all of my friends but one that have iPhones all have a 3G. How much do we get? It's time for us to start upgrading since that model came-out just over five years ago so the fact that it is missing is very curious. The 3GS will still run the newest version of iOS so it doesn't need to be replaced and the 4 and 5 obviously do not need to be upgraded so they don't really belong on that list either. Why exclude the most logical model from the list?

Re:iPhone 3G? (1)

DanTheManMS (1039636) | about a year ago | (#44720951)

You said it yourself, the phone came out 5 years ago. The latest software that runs on it is the version that came out nearly 3 years ago (4.2.1, released November 2010). You're delirious if you think that's worth anything as trade-in.

From Purchase date not Manufactures Date (0)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#44721299)

You said it yourself, the phone came out 5 years ago. The latest software that runs on it is the version that came out nearly 3 years ago (4.2.1, released November 2010). You're delirious if you think that's worth anything as trade-in.

...and was sold until September 2012, and struggled with Apples latest software. Customers measure from time of purchase as does all consumer law. http://allthingsd.com/20120913/iphone-3gs-takes-a-dirt-nap/?mod=atdtweet [allthingsd.com] . It sounds like customers who bought older...but still sold iphones have no resale value, and short support cycles.

Re:From Purchase date not Manufactures Date (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44721777)

wrong - you linked to the 3GS, this subthread is about the 3G

Re:From Purchase date not Manufactures Date (1)

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) | about a year ago | (#44725883)

wrong - you linked to the 3GS, this subthread is about the 3G

That's because he's a known troll - or extremely dumb. He always gets these things wrong.

Re:iPhone 3G? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720849)

Good question. iOS 6 runs on the 3GS so there is no reason to upgrade it, and no one I know that has a 3GS or newer iPhone has upgraded to a newer phone. On the other hand, the 3G, while still capable, could be considered on the edge of being old enough to require an upgrade so it is the most obvious choice for Apple to offer for an upgrade. It is strange that the most obvious and meaningful choice for upgrades was simply missed. Apple has been missing a lot of details lately since they lack direction due to the complete lack of leadership. This is yet another symptom of their recent serious problems.

Again, the most obvious and most in need model to include was forgotten. Why?

Re:iPhone 3G? (1)

zippthorne (748122) | about a year ago | (#44721431)

Maybe because people with the 3G will be buying new phones soon anyway, they don't need any special prodding.

Although, it remains to be seen whether they buy new iPhones....

Re:iPhone 3G? (1)

TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) | about a year ago | (#44721897)

I wanted to try Android phones and while that market offers some nice pleasures, at least in the USA --- all the crapware and scamware that Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and friends load up on the phones makes Droid suck compared to iPhone.

Buying an Android phone means loaded to the brim with crapwares just the same as a Dell or HP computer is loaded with 55 crapwares.

The Android platform *should* be superior, but the way the mobile phone operators abuse Android mean in practice that the iPhone is easily the most consumer friendly phone on the planet.

I still wanted the Android phone and plan to use it, I do mobile application development and previously only for the iPhone. I'm only saying the mobile phone carriers are jerks and the Droid market gives them free reign to load terrible and evil apps that cannot be uninstalled (without an amount of effort that really isn't worth it). Short story version: The carriers load Droid with crapwares because they have that freedom for abuse. At least in the USA ...

They do take that back (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#44720979)

You can drop off any Apple product at an Apple Store and they will recycle it for free.

They just will not pay you for it...

Uh huh (5, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#44720675)

"Yes, I'd like to trade mine in for a Galaxy S4."

Re:Uh huh (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720717)

Would you like a dick up the ass with that?

Re:Uh huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44721043)

what steve jobs is back?

Re: Uh huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44721531)

why was this moded down? Tim is that you?

Better off if you do. (4, Informative)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#44720749)

"Yes, I'd like to trade mine in for a Galaxy S4."

You could go http://glyde.com/ [glyde.com] http://www.nextworth.com/ [nextworth.com] or http://www.gazelle.com/iphone [gazelle.com] which will offer you *real* money instead of credit and at a higher rate than the $120-200 for 16GB iPhone 4 and 4S models and 16GB iPhone 5 in good condition could go for around $250. The only thing you lose is convenience. Its kind of sad but that tiny bit of convenience is worth a lot.

They "offer" but don't actually give (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720989)

All of them will "offer" an amount, but then they will pay substantially less after they receive the device.

Re:They "offer" but don't actually give (0)

jsdcnet (724314) | about a year ago | (#44721843)

I traded in an iPad 1 with Gazelle a few years ago and they paid me exactly what they said they would.

Re:They "offer" but don't actually give (1)

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) | about a year ago | (#44725921)

I traded in an iPad 1 with Gazelle a few years ago and they paid me exactly what they said they would.

Sure. So was it the "up-to" price they advertised they would pay for an iPad?

Re:Better off if you do. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44722091)

Dur Google, GOOGLE, GOOGLE. Apple sucks, sheeple SHEEPLE!

--typical Tuppe666 comment

Re:Uh huh (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about a year ago | (#44720983)

"Yes, I'd like to trade mine in for a Galaxy S4."

I did exactly that. :) Bell Canada gave me a credit toward my Samsung Galaxy S4 for my old iPhone 4

Re:Uh huh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44721009)

Sorry to see you went straight up gay.

Re:Uh huh (2)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#44721169)

You don't seem to be familiar with the traditional Apple taunts.

Credit Not Cash (0, Flamebait)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#44720683)

How to lock you into there ecosystem. I think the time as come for some kind of Government control so customers can easily move between platforms...and I mean all media Apps, books, music.

Its a great idea for those happily living in Apples police state, and great for Apple. At least those tied into getting the latest Apple products. Those further down the line will as always be worse off.

Re:Credit Not Cash (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720697)

Government control? Seriously? Wow. Just fucking wow.

Re:Credit Not Cash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720727)

Consider the source.

Re:Credit Not Cash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44721011)

I know. WTF !

Legislation should *only* exist to protect companies, their directors and their profits:
we NEED intellectual property laws to encourage companies to invest in R&D
we NEED exceptions to tax laws (tax breaks) so that companies can be encouraged to hire people
we NEED laws to limit the power of self-organized employees (read: unions) from disrupting business practices

However we don't need no laws limiting company powers:
Exploited workers? Bah! If the employees all leave the company will be forced to improve conditions
Poisoned environment? Bah! If consumers boycott the company it will be forced to be more conscientious

I get shitty with people who ferociously advocate an entirely free market but don't realize - or somehow delude themselves into forgetting - that the very same government also introduces artificial protections for businesses.

Re:Credit Not Cash (1)

porges (58715) | about a year ago | (#44721283)

You mean like the fact that you can transfer your wireless number to a new carrier, because of government (FCC) control? That one worked out pretty good.

Re:Credit Not Cash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720755)

So the government should force developers to port applications to every device/system? At last I'll be able to run Photoshop on Unix.

Re:Credit Not Cash (2)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about a year ago | (#44720759)

Your posts become more bizarre as time goes on. People choose Apple products. You call that choice a police state and then demand the government step in to prevent it? That's a scary world you inhabit.

This is Slashdot . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720799)

His views are fashionable here. He's already been modded up.

Re:Credit Not Cash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720827)

People choose Apple products.

Shudders, say it isn't so!

Re:Credit Not Cash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720859)

Who the hell is Shudders?

Nickname (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720971)

That's the nickname Tuppe666's mom gave him, on account of all the crystal she had while pregnant.

Re:Credit Not Cash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720789)

>I think the time as come for some kind of Government control

No, no, no, no, NO, NO, NO!!!!

Fucking prick. We do NOT want governmental control of this. If you don't want to use Apple's products, DON'T. No one is forcing you.

Re:Credit Not Cash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720831)

How to lock you into there ecosystem. I think the time as come for some kind of Government control so customers can easily move between platforms...and I mean all media Apps, books, music.

Its a great idea for those happily living in Apples police state, and great for Apple. At least those tied into getting the latest Apple products. Those further down the line will as always be worse off.

why does it matter to you? There are more people on android than people on iOS, you use Android, be happy with what you got.
everything is an eco system, I assume that your main computer only runs linux too, right?
The problem is that movies, books, music, if easily moved from 1 platform to another (as in, save as a file), you're bound to have issues with the production studios who won't release their material, (could it be the issue why apple has more content since they can control the DRM more easily?)
Also, if you have a nintendo DS, do you want the government to force nintendo to port their titles to your PC, your PS3, your Xbox too? Granted it is not a media, but things are always dependent on others things.
  Android users are more numerous and still can't enjoy their success, meanwhile ios users really don't give a crap coz they have access to everything they want, and if they don't, then they switch to Android. I don't think they need you to tell them how they are getting exploited. You were sucked in, in a different way, signing your rights (google ecosystem (see privacy), doing weird things in your back) and you were sucked in by a cheap or free android phone. They can do whatever they want with your data, google is an ad agency tracking and selling everything you do (check your agreement with them).
If you are happy with your android phone and google ecosystem, enjoy it, that's all.
(PS: previous owner of 3 android, got tired, tried the iphone, not looked back since).

Re:Credit Not Cash (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#44721187)

Please stop spreading the "Google doesn't respect privacy" FUD. Have a look at how well Apple respects your privacy [eff.org] .

Re:Credit Not Cash (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year ago | (#44721345)

Yes, because government control will make all your iPhone apps you have paid for magically work on an Android phone, simply because they commanded it.

Re:Credit Not Cash (1)

reboot246 (623534) | about a year ago | (#44723125)

I have mod points, but I don't have one labeled "stupid".

links? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720689)

Where is the link to the program? It's all just media fluff.
Is this the new slashdot business model since the video stuff bombed awkwardly?

Jobs must be rolling in his grave (0)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#44720733)

They're going to be re-selling used Apple stuff...Jobs would have hated that. To him it would be like re-releasing old artwork. Even having to support those old things after they were no longer the latest model probably looked like a necessary evil to him.

Better Artwork(Sic) Elsewhere (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#44720837)

They're going to be re-selling used Apple stuff...Jobs would have hated that.

Jobs is dead, and nothing even during his final time at Apple planned for the rapid maturing of the smart-phone and Tablet market, and the fact that Apple is moving towards irrelevance, unless they compete. I think this is poor lock-in, but they need to step up, otherwise they are heading for irrelevance.

Re:Better Artwork(Sic) Elsewhere (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#44720905)

I sure hope so.

Re: Better Artwork(Sic) Elsewhere (1)

Dzimas (547818) | about a year ago | (#44722545)

There is an entire professional sub-specialty dedicated to product life cycle management. Do you honestly believe that no one at Apple has the slightest inkling of how products mature, resulting in increased competition and dramatically lower profit margins? Apple faces a different set of problems. They don't own their manufacturing facilities, yet they have to profitably produce tens of millions of some of the most popular handsets in the world. That's why they've kept their iPhone line so streamlined, and why they've focused only on the high end. And, yes, the smartphone market is reaching the saturation point. It's time for the Next Big Thing. I vote for life-like humanoid robots. ;)

Re:Jobs must be rolling in his grave (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720855)

You've never seen the refurbished link on their site?

Re:Jobs must be rolling in his grave (1)

Guy Harris (3803) | about a year ago | (#44720997)

You've never seen the refurbished link on their site?

If you haven't, here's where they sell refurbished equipment [apple.com] , and, yes, selling refurbished Macs, at least, predated Jobs's death.

Re:Jobs must be rolling in his grave (1)

willoughby (1367773) | about a year ago | (#44721343)

Well, yes & no. Sometimes the equipment is used/returned/refurbed, sometimes not. When Apple puts a new model in the stores, it is introduced in every Apple store on the planet the same day. What happened to the "old" model which was here yesterday? They were all shipped back to Apple, where they were reboxed in plain white boxes & will be sold as "refurbs". So, at the Apple store, "refurbished" does not necessarily mean "used".

Re:Jobs must be rolling in his grave (1)

Karlt1 (231423) | about a year ago | (#44721329)

They're going to be re-selling used Apple stuff...Jobs would have hated that.

They've been selling refurbs on the Apple store for years.....
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals [apple.com]

"up to" (3, Informative)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#44720737)

Well, with their marketshare falling like a rock (Achievement unlocked: Apple Fanboy hate. -5 Karma, +5 reputation) they gotta do something -- Android is now passing 70% [time.com] and continuing to climb while Apple dropped to about 15% [time.com] and has been losing about 1% a month [dailymail.co.uk] on average for the past two quarters (Achievement unlocked: Use of facts on the internet. +2 karma, -1 reputation). Of course, only on slashdot would the phrase "up to" cause people to cream their pants with excitement that the great and noble Apple (Achievement unlocked: Sarcasm! -1 karma, +7 reputation to shop owners in town GenX) was going to give them 'free' upgrades. It'll be just like going to a used car dealer and getting a "great deal" on your trade-in -- they give you x amount of dollars now, knowing that the buy-in (aka your loan APR) will offset it by x plus a percentage, so they can afford to be generous... just keep paying the monthly 'rental' fee (Achivement unlocked: Car analogy! +2 karma, +1 reputation).

Re:"up to" (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about a year ago | (#44720757)

You know, I think you have something. I always thought a big part of Microsoft's business philosophy was that market share was market share, whether you got substantial new sales out of it or not. Maybe Apple is taking a page from that book.

Or, maybe Apple is taking a page from Google's book, and trying to create a market for cheap, non-boutique phones. Except, you know, from Apple.

Re:"up to" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720863)

Android users being sheep, they claim opensrc, and freedom as the reason. Actually they do nothing with the "freedom" given, it's bug ridden, manufacturers change specs on you, bad kernels, you can customize things, yup, looks like crap and sucks battery down and is a nightmare. Been there, done that.
I believe all android users should use linux if they want to stand on what they believe.

Re:"up to" (0)

chargersfan420 (1487195) | about a year ago | (#44721007)

Speaking as an Android & Linux user, I can tell you that Android, in your words, "looks like crap and sucks battery down" because it comes pre-loaded with tons of useless shit, most of which can't be uninstalled (without great effort). It's the same reason that brand new Windows PCs run more sluggish than they should - greedy assholes paying to have their shit on your new PC by default. It doesn't mean that Android as a whole is terrible, and if that's your viewpoint, you are sadly misinformed.

Google Play Edtion Phones (4, Interesting)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#44721203)

Android, in your words, "looks like crap and sucks battery down" because it comes pre-loaded with tons of useless shit, most of which can't be uninstalled .

It is not true for me. The reality you now not only have the choice of Google Nexus phones, Manufactures are starting to offer Google Play Edition Phones which offer the stock Android edition http://www.stableytimes.com/news/htc-one-vs-galaxy-s4-google-play-edition-android-phones/ [stableytimes.com] . Many people though enjoy the changes Manufactures bring.

You have the choice.

Re:Google Play Edtion Phones (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44722179)

Has Eric Schmidt blown you yet for all the full time shilling you do?

Robert Rankin

Re:"up to" (1)

dk20 (914954) | about a year ago | (#44721729)

cyanogenmod.com Just flash what is probably a cleaner and more up-to-date version of android on your device....

Re:"up to" (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#44722885)

So, can you uninstall Apple Maps?

Re:"up to" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44721739)

Yeah, because apple doesn't have any bugs like the one click jailbreak right?
(Fixed, i know but really, a website you can go to and it will jailbreak your phone?)
By your logic does that mean that OS-X users should use freebsd to stand on what they believe?
"Certain parts from FreeBSD's and NetBSD's implementation of Unix were incorporated in NeXTSTEP, the core of Mac OS X."

Re:"up to" (-1, Flamebait)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#44720991)

You just keep claiming that, while the iPhone continues to top carrier sales charts even with old models...

If it makes you happy to pretend, it's good that you have found peace of some kind in a world that makes no sense to you.

Re:"up to" (2)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#44721243)

You just keep claiming that, while the iPhone continues to top carrier sales charts even with old models...

Citation needed. I showed you mine, now you show me yours.

If it makes you happy to pretend, it's good that you have found peace of some kind in a world that makes no sense to you.

NOBODY expects the iPhone Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise [zdnet.com] ...surprise and fear [slashdot.org] ...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency [go.com] .... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the iPope [urbandictionary.com] .... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... (muttering) I'll come in again.

Re:"up to" (-1, Troll)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#44721943)

I can use Google. [appadvice.com]

P.S. Using dick jokes does not make you seem cooler, a mistake many females seem to make at times... it's better if you just avoid them.

Also read my response around activations to the other fellow, even the Android sales there are, do not represent what you think they do. You really need to go into a horribly lit phone store, fight past its clawing denizens and look at what the low end of the Android sales REALLY represent...

Re:"up to" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44722419)

"I showed you mine, now you show me yours" would not be specifically about dicks, but about genitals.

P.S. Reading too much into things does not make you seem wise, a mistake many posters seem to make at times...

Re:"up to" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44724931)

p.s. acting wiser that others on the internet is a mistake many people make all the time. Take some advice from me... I know things.

Re:"up to" (2)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#44724713)

ou really need to go into a horribly lit phone store, fight past its clawing denizens and look at what the low end of the Android sales REALLY represent...

As opposed to standing outside a trendy Apple store, looking at the people with their shiny little white box they just purchased for the sum of a mere month's wages, produced by a chinese factory with suicide nets along the perimeter because too many people were throwing themselves off the balconies due to low wages and 18 hour work days?

You know, I'd gladly take a "horribly lit phone store" and "clawing denizens" over staying awake at night wondering if I was buying the products of a plantation owner.

Re:"up to" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44725267)

LOL "HORRIBLY LIT PHONE STORE" WUuUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTT!!!!!111!1111!!!!1111ONEONEONEPONYONEONE

Re:"up to" (1)

dk20 (914954) | about a year ago | (#44721825)

Do you mean "who takes the largest share of the profit from selling phones" or number of devices activated?

Devices activated mean nothing... (-1, Troll)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#44721915)

I have TWO Android phones myself. They count in all those figures somewhere.

But neither is a phone I would ever buy or run apps on. It's basically a feature phone, that just also happens to be running Android.

Basically, you have a huge gap between devices activated and the number of phones meaningful as smartphones, yet you are lumping the two categories together.

Look around at what phones people are actually using... Yes Android is growing by it's not even close to even in use.

Re:"up to" (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about a year ago | (#44722519)

while the iPhone continues to top carrier sales charts in the U.S. even with old models...

FTFY.

Resale value (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | about a year ago | (#44720801)

Given the high resale value of iPhones, this isn't particularly necessary from a customer perspective. Obviously Apple's goal is to get more used iPhones out of circulation so they can sell new ones.

Can I trade in for an Android device? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720841)

I want rid of my tiny screen iPhone, which as always had poor reception.
The Android and Bada devices just seem so much faster, and more refined.

Best Buy Uses Brightstar (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720949)

Best buy uses brightstar for its trade ins. From what I know they refurbish what they can and then sell the left over parts.

So long lamedroid and windblows (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44720953)

This, combined with the new iPhone (which I have seen and is AMAZING) will pretty much kill off lamedroid and windblows forever.

Cheerleading. (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#44720999)

This, combined with the new iPhone (which I have seen and is AMAZING)

Why? Its unlikely that the latest iPhone 5S will be anything other that an incremental upgrade to the iPhone 5(and I personally would love a fingerprint reader on a phone), but the reality is its likely to be outdated at launch falling behind even more through competitors rapid update cycles...at least it might be in gold. The more interesting product is the 5C if it exists at all, and the only thing interesting is is the price!

we will find out in 10 days anyway. I for one am very excited :)

Re: Cheerleading. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44721331)

Here's a hint: 3D.

Re:So long lamedroid and windblows (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44721247)

You're not even trying to be subtle with your trolling. F*** off.

Apple went from 'Think Different' to 'Think Used' (1)

JoeyRox (2711699) | about a year ago | (#44721005)

Script for their new commercial has leaked.

Hello, I'm a used iPhone. I have cost you over $2,000 in cellular service fees. I'm the gift that keeps on charging, which is useful since my battery isn't replaceable. We here at Apple would like to keep our customers on the hamster wheel of overpriced and stale innovation, so today Apple is pleased to announce our iPhone Trade-In Program. Trade in your existing iPhone and we'll give you credit toward a new iPhone that does everything your existing iPhone does without any of those pesky and useful features found on Android phones. Oh, and I come in new fun colors too!

Re:Apple went from 'Think Different' to 'Think Use (3, Informative)

zippthorne (748122) | about a year ago | (#44721473)

Eh, the android phone is just as likely to cost $2k in cellular bills. The difference in price over 24 months between an iPhone and an Android phone isn't really that much by percentage when you take the cost of service into account.

And yes, I know you can get a bargain android phone and pair it with a bargain cell w/ data plan.

You can do that with iPhone, too (virgin offers $30/month for their lowest tier plan if you give them access to your bank account....). It does cost more, but the percent more over 24 months...

it's not iPhones that are costing people tons of money for cell service, it's smartphones.

Re:Apple went from 'Think Different' to 'Think Use (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44722941)

My cell phone plan costs me a total of $10/month including unlimited data (I downloaded a total of 50GB last month and did not hit any caps). Used with an android, tethering and steam.

The saddest thing to happen to iPhone since... (1)

AmazinglySmooth (1668735) | about a year ago | (#44721193)

This is a joke. I keep all my iPhone's for other family members to play with since I know the condition they are in and they are cheaper than buying everyone iPod Touch's.

Re:The saddest thing to happen to iPhone since... (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | about a year ago | (#44723089)

Screw that. I sold my iPhone 4 for $280 when I got my iPhone 5. The kid can make due with her $99 iTouch for now.

Apple can learn from the games industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44721679)

Apple can learn from the games industry.

They should lock the phones down with DRM so that they can't be resold. Also, after a year or two Apple should close down their servers so that nobody with an old phone can go online. GPS data, calls, SMS and internet logs can all be sent directly to any "interested parties" to make some fast cash.

google should do this (1)

buddyglass (925859) | about a year ago | (#44721689)

I'm tired of having to support Gingerbread.

Isn't this just unbleivable? (1)

Behrooz Amoozad (2831361) | about a year ago | (#44721723)

More than 50 posts and nobody ever mentioned there is like dozens of Gigabytes of data for our fellow privacy defenders at NSA to harvest.
Just how easily something like that gets overlooked, I wonder.

Re:Isn't this just unbleivable? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44722207)

notes the person that signs onto slashdot using the three-letter-agency approved google+ login.

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