Apple is planning on bringing its iPhone trade-in program to Canada “in the coming weeks,” and is beginning Apple Retail Store training from this coming week onwards, according to a recent report.
The news comes from 9to5mac, which cites information gleaned from “a source with knowledge of the initiative's expansion.” It's no surprise to hear the scheme is Canada-bound; as the publication rightly notes, with 29 stores nationwide, the country is the biggest of Apple's retail markets without access to the trade-in scheme.
Apple's iPhone trade-in program launched in the United States back in August, and in the United Kingdom in October. We heard soon after that the Cupertino, Calif. company was accepting water-damaged iPhones as part of the initiative, too.
Concerning the U.S. scheme, one of our earlier articles explained:
The program allows customers to trade in an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, or iPhone 5 in U.S. Apple Retail Stores. The smartphones are then recycled within the United States, however trade-in values offered to customers by Apple have so far been unimpressive (and some $50 less than what Gazelle, for example, is offering).
It's worth noting, however, that while convenient, Apple's iPhone trade-in program doesn't offer customers the best deals going for used smartphones. As a reminder, our yearly iPhone Trade-In Guides highlight the differences in handset prices offered by Apple, Gazelle, Glyde, NextWorth, and others.
We'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.
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