Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Apple is on a tear in China, where it is seeing record shipments and revenue, but it might be about to step things up a notch there. Bloomberg is today reporting that the U.S. firm is planning to launch a trade-in program in the country for the first time.
Bloomberg said Apple will work with Foxconn, the Taiwanese firm that manufactures its mobile devices, to accept older iPhones from customers in exchange for discounts on a newer model. Foxconn will refurbish the older models and sell them to new customers online, via its own e-commerce sites and Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace, according to the report.
The program is well established in the U.S., to the point that Apple is being linked with accepting Android devices for trade-in too. It will stick to iPhones in China, initially at least, Bloomberg said, although it isn’t clear what kind of discounts will be on offer.
There’s a robust market…
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