Latest iPhone 5 hint: Apple paying to recycle your 4S

By , Aug 29, 2012

Most are confident we’ll see the iPhone 5 in mid or late-September. Because Apple isn’t a blabbermouth about such things, its fans are left reading tea leaves looking for hints to divine Cupertino’s exact intentions. The latest signal comes from the mothership itself. Apple will pay up to $345 for your old iPhone 4S.

The Apple Store is making the offer as part of its support for recycling old technology. Your gently-used 64GB white iPhone 4S could net you a $345 Apple Store gift card, while a 16GB black 4S will recycle $285 into your pocket. Apparently, Apple is hoping you’ll use your windfall to buy the new iPhone 5.

Apple is not the first to buy your old 4S. Amazon reportedly will pay $500 for the 64GB white 4S. Apple and Amazon are among a number of retailers preparing for the iPhone 5. For its part, Apple said it will resell the gently used 4S or will break down battered iPhones for recycling.

Finding something to do with electronic gadgets once they die or become obsolete apparently is a big problem. Cell phones alone account for 1 billion devices of the 40 billion tons of electronic waste which piles up each year internationally, according to the United Nations.

What do you think? Is this a good deal? Are you planning to recycle your iPhone 4S, or give it to a worthy person?

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  • http://twitter.com/SageAlexa Sage Alexander

    Will recycle and donate to UN and broke all that scum scam hardware market and make one Apple system LOL! :)

    • Metroview

      wut?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515360595 Ben Lloyd

    Or better yet, sell it on eBay :-)

  • sasan akbari

    Cool.
    But i can’t sell it. Because apple doesn’t have official store in my country. :((

    • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

      Send it to me, I’ll recycle it for you for a small 10% fee ;)

  • Gorgonphone

    wow those are great prices actually..lol

    • anasiatka

      I agree with you… I am actually surprised that they would offer so much… That does not leave them making as much profits on it… Unless they would only use these devices for warranty replacements then I guess they may just break even anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelJDelaney Michael Jay Delaney

    Catch 22. I recycle my 4S to them for money to buy the 5 but I’ll then need to buy a new phone until it comes out.

    • anasiatka

      Not really… I mean you can always just wait until it comes out and then do a trade-in – I assume they may bring the price down some to trade-in but it sounds like according to this story’s sources that it is something worth it.

      • http://twitter.com/MichaelJDelaney Michael Jay Delaney

        I was kind of kidding. lol. I can’t trade it in though because I plan on giving it to my friend instead.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    Sounds nice but I guess I’ll finally take my sister out of her misery and replace her POS epic 4G and give her my 32GB 4S

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000497451387 Daniel Bohlsen

    Defineately not telling my dad about this, I want his iPhone 4s

  • http://www.facebook.com/dudu.mohammad.khidhir Dudu Mohammad

    man i have international 4S white and no way i got it with 980 dollars im not gonna give it for 345. wish that apple considers the international version as buying it is same as buying 3 iphones 4s from AT or t mobile

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

      That is totally Correct, the value in Sweden after buying a 4s dramatically lowers its original price! And Though Apple has a recycle system in Sweden, It offers a lot less money than what you bought it for…

  • Jonathan

    I can’t do this. My contract ends on 2014, due to buying the iPhone 4S

    • anasiatka

      I think the point to sell it is to offset the full price of the new model and therefore if you have $345.00 going into the purchase of a new phone off-contract you will wind up with pretty much the same cost. Plus not having to sign a new agreement and being eligible next year for the next iPhone at contract price. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dudu.mohammad.khidhir Dudu Mohammad

    man i have international 4S white and no way i got it with 980 dollars im not gonna give it for 345. wish that apple considers the international version as buying it is same as buying 3 iphones 4s from AT or t mobile

  • Miras safadi

    Well i was hoping to recycle my old iphone 4

  • http://twitter.com/BoundEnza Michael

    too bad mine was a gift for christmas from my dad :/ otherwise i would probably sell it to them

  • WatchTheThrone

    You can probably still get 400 for a 16gb 4S here locally so I’d rather do that lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Palermo/100002164977772 Jude Palermo

    Iphone 5. Here i come. My iphone 4S, 64 gig… White. Goodbye my friend. Make way for better

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.hart.54 Rick Hart

    what bout the iphone 4?

  • http://twitter.com/doubleaa25 Adham

    Only thing is that I payed 850 bucks for the 4S 64GB and would get back 345 at most. :/

  • Robert Goldberg

    Anything about iPhone 4??