Apple’s iPhone and iPad recycling scheme has launched in-store in Australia. If you have an old iOS device then you could get up to AU$250 in store credit when you trade it in at an Apple store location. Specifically, an iPhone 5 in prime condition will get you the full $250. iPads go as high as $215. You can’t trade in any latest-gen device and the credit sounds like it can only be put towards a new iPhone or iPad.
This is a nice, easy option to make a quick buck if you have an old iPhone to ditch, but with a modicum of effort you could make even more. eBay, for instance, is a good option. On the Australian Ebay site an iPhone 5 can still fetch as high as $400. Of course, eBay is widely variable in the prices you can actually fetch for any device, but considering that all you have to do is create the auction and eventually post the phone to the winner it’s a small price to pay for the chance to get $150 more than if you handed it in at a store.
Despite this, we still like that Apple is offering this alternative. Far too many phones are thrown out every year, and it’s a real environmental hazard. Giving folk an easy, non-technological option to cash in their devices, which we assume will be recycled by Apple for the precious materials inside, can only have a positive influence.
Alternatively, you could always re-purpose your old phone in a number of ways. After all, your phone isn’t just a phone; it’s a powerful, compact computing device with a range of connective technologies and an easy-to-use interface. Be creative.