Slightly water-damaged iPhones can still take advantage of Apple’s Reuse and Recycle program
Recently, Apple launched its trading program that enables users to exchange their old iPhone devices for brand new ones with a certain percentage of discharge. Titled iPhone Reuse and Recycle Program, it applies to both standard and business customers. The rules of the program are pretty simple: you go to an Apple store and tell the employees you’d like to trade your iPhone, as its info must be entered into an application on the representative’s EasyPay devices, for a new model as the one you desire must be an on-contact phone and requires to be activated on scene. EasyPay will determine your iPhone value based on its quality and the damage put upon it, including liquid damage until today. If you pass the requirements, you’ll receive your new iPhone along with a gift card with the amount of money you need to pay on the new device.
So far the liquid contact indicator determined the value of your handset as the slightest water damage could make it completely worthless to trade. Fortunately, Apple officially applied changes to the matter starting today and the Reuse and Recycle program will allow you to trade water damaged devices, unless the damages are serious. Of course, if there’s corrosion in the electronics or water under the display, your old iPhone will still be denied trading. Notice that these changes only loosen up the restrictions but do not remove them, and it also applies for physical Apple Stores only. The changes don’t apply to on-line trade-ins.
The motives of Apple for this new policy are still unclear, but this indeed is a user-friendly step that is worth being taken advantage of especially if you have previously tried to trade your iPhone for a new one but the liquid indicators have failed you. The changes will first apply in the US and the UK.