Thursday, May 06, 2021
Yesterday my new iPhone 12 Pro Max arrived. Setting it up by transferring the data from my old iPhone 7 Plus was very simple, mostly automated by bringing the 2 phones in contact, and scanning the image on one of them with the other. I then moved my SIM card to the new phone, and everything is working fine. I had already bought an original Apple Magsafe charger, and a third-party stand for it, so I know have a very nice magnetic stand and charger on my desk to keep the phone when I am at home. So only one problem remained: What should I do with the old iPhone?
After a bit of research, I found that Apple is actually offering trade-ins: Send them your old phone for store credits. Obviously I didn't want to trade in for a new phone, but maybe for an AirTag or other accessory? So I found out my old iPhone's IMEI (it's engraved on the SIM tray in very, very, very small letters) and entered it into the Apple Trade In website. In answered all the questions about the state the phone is in, which is very good, the thing doesn't have a scratch on it. And Apple told me what my old iPhone 7 Plus in perfect condition is worth: Absolutely nothing! They offered to recycle it for free if I would send it in.
The only positive thing about this is that gives me a good argument to justify having bought a new phone. :) But in reality I don't agree that a 5 year old iPhone in good condition is already completely worthless. So I looked around for alternatives and found Swappie.com. They evaluated the residual value of my old phone at €135, which is actually a bit more than I would have thought. So agreed to sell them my phone, which works by them sending you a label for a delivery service company to come and get the parcel from your home and sending it to them. They then check if the phone is as described and transfer the money onto your account. I'll see if that works. But hey, it can only be better than Apple's offer!